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Wonder Wednesday: Life Changing Books

Hello everyone, welcome to Wonder Wednesday! I hope you’re all staying nice and toasty in this very cold winter. Today I’d like to talk about life changing books. Now, perhaps life changing may seem like an extreme, but as a lover of books I feel like there are many books that have had a very powerful effect on me. Books have the power to make us question our assumptions, bias, and encourage us to consider ideas maybe we haven’t thought about before.

Do you have a book that you feel like has been life changing for you? How has it changed your perspective or affected you?

Do you feel like books have the power to create a deeper understanding for something in people or are they just for fun?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to comment below!

5 thoughts on “Wonder Wednesday: Life Changing Books”

  1. I definitely believe that books can change your life. My final thesis at university was about female initiation through reading πŸ™‚ The books that have shaped me the most are definitely the letters and diaries by Franz Kafka, “The Happiness Bureau” by Andreas Izquierdo, “Lolita” by Nabokov and”Was man von hier aus sehen kann” but I am not sure if that is translated to any other language from German. There are many many books that make me change mainly my focus in life, they help me to question a lot of what is going on around me. The books mentioned above changed my life because they showed me the power of literature. After reading Kafka and Murakami, I decided to study Comparative Literature which definitely changed my life πŸ™‚
    I just recently finished the book “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker and that did not change my life so much but the lives of others around me, because they now started to look into their sleeping habits and how to improve them πŸ™‚
    How about you?

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    1. A female initiation through reading? I would love to know more about that. I’ve heard of “Lolita” but must admit I’ve never read it. I’ll have to check them out though! You’re studying Comparative Literature? That’s awesome. I almost went to study for a degree in writing, but then I took a high school ecology class and fell in love with science. I think I love books so much, because like you they make me question a lot of things. I like to think of myself as rather introspective. I’m more of a fiction reader, but fiction can still be extremely relevant when it draws the correct parallels.

      The book that I would say most effected me wasn’t even a book that was published and I don’t think it is even available to read anymore. It was on fictionpress and was a coming out story about a boy falling in love with his best friend and it completely changed my perspective. Looking back on that period of my life I was definitely homophobic and I read it not knowing what it was. But I fell in love with the characters and when I realized it was about characters who were gay I had to really stop and think if how I was thinking was right. I had related to these characters and I felt like I could have been friends with them if they were real and it was so well written that I realized there was absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. Anyone who had a different sexuality than me was still just as similar to me as anyone else. Did a complete 180 in my beliefs. That’s why I read. Not just for enjoyment, but for the opening of my mind.

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  2. It is difficult to say. I think there are many books which changed the way I see the world. However, I did not always understand that at the moment when I read them. This is a subtle process.

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    1. Interesting. I always feel a more immediate affect myself. I always get particularly absorbed in a great story. A great character always makes me question what I find so great about them and if I do or could have those characteristics. I guess a single story like that on its own may not be life changing, but all together over time they help shape the type of person I may become.

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      1. Yes, this is actually what I meant too. Most books I read changed me in a way or another but I cannot really single out a book that totally changed my life.

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