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    Re: The Book That Changed Your Life

    My 5th grade teacher read "My Side of the Mountain" to us - a couple chapters every Friday. I couldn't wait for Fridays to come. It's about a boy who lives in a huge hollow tree on a mountain his family owns. Sort of Waldon Pond for kids. Beautiful. Still one of my favorite books. I should see if it's available on Kindle!
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    There are a lot of books from childhood that influenced me, but in terms of changing my life, it would have to be Willa Cather's My Antonia, because it gave me my dissertation topic, which helped get me my doctorate, which helped get me my career.

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    An Open Heart by the Dalai Lama changed the way I view the world, my place in it, and everyone who crosses my path.
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    An elementary teacher once read "Bridge To Terabithia" to our class and it just cemented my love of reading. It also prompted me to start writing. Sadly, I don't write anymore, but I was quite good during my school days. I won several awards and had several of my essays displayed in the English departments 'trophy' case.
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    I discovered a love of reading as a child, and one of the best books I remember reading was The Island of the Blue Dolphins. I remember being so impressed by the courage of the young heroine, and how gutsy she was, stranded alone for years on a little island. I'm now reading it to my daughters. I also think The Hobbit changed my life in a way, because it led me to read The Lord of the Rings at around age 11, and I knew I could tackle any book, and I discovered the complete joy of being transported via the pages to another complete world.

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    Re: The Book That Changed Your Life

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpea;4137135;
    I discovered a love of reading as a child, and one of the best books I remember reading was The Island of the Blue Dolphins. I remember being so impressed by the courage of the young heroine, and how gutsy she was, stranded alone for years on a little island. I'm now reading it to my daughters. I also think The Hobbit changed my life in a way, because it led me to read The Lord of the Rings at around age 11, and I knew I could tackle any book, and I discovered the complete joy of being transported via the pages to another complete world.
    I remember reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins as a kid too. I loved it!

    My mom first read The Hobbit to me when I was 7. It was my favorite book for many years and I still read it pretty regularly. In fact, I listened to the unabridged book on CD when I drove to see my family for Christmas. I have the trilogy on CD too and just started Fellowship today.
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    Re: The Book That Changed Your Life

    Oh, this thread is worth reviving!

    I read To Kill A Mockingbird every time I was sick from the age of 12 until 16. About 6 or 7 times and it struck me every time. What a pleasure it was when my kids were old enough and we read it together.

    Others include: Of Mice and Men, The Stand, A Prayer for Owen Meaney, and more recently, I am the Messenger.

    My favourite book I've read with my children is Maniac Magee. Such a special book. It's also hard to shake the spirit of The Book Thief from your soul once you've read it. I should add, if anyone has a chance to pick up some well reviewed young people fiction, well, it's so improved from what I can remember when I was young. Which is perhaps one of the reasons why I read To Kill A Mockingbird so many times.
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    Atlas Shrugged changed my whole outlook on government (preceded by my cousins who fled Hungary to the U.S. during that country's rebellion against the communists in 1956 ). The Stand - one of the spookiest books I've ever read. But during my childhood, I spent a lot of time in the library. I read every fairy tale from every country that had been translated into English. I especially liked Grimm's Fairy Tales. I really like horror books and thrillers.

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    Re: The Book That Changed Your Life

    Mine is 'Prince of Tides' by Pat Conroy. There is a character named 'Savannah' and I loved the name so much I changed my name that summer. And it stuck. So my name has been 'Savannah' ever since I was 16.

    Pretty life changing!!!
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