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"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrad. A true story about an olympic athlete who was on his way to making history at the olympics when WWII hit. He got drafted, his plane got shot down, and he was captured by the Japanese and endured some really unspeakable horror. Seriously, it's one of the most moving and amazing stories I've ever read in my life. And I'm not an emotional person but I was sobbing when I finished reading it. It's so good, seriously.
1984 - this book when i was young taught me that i could read and enjoy a book with no pictures
the old man and the sea - good story and showed me a lot of people can share their ideas and stories even without colorful fancy words
the lion of comarre - /shrug, shows the story is the point of THE STORY not so much the details.
the devil's advocate was good too.. can't say it changed me much though, maybe that the "happy ending" isn't always as good.
Liked this series when I was younger, probably the first reading I did that I actually enjoyed. Wouldn't mind re-reading them since I don't really remember them. Anyhoo I only read about half of them - what with having to be driven to a library, borrow books, etc, ugh.
Other than that... probably Harry Potter.
Laugh all ya want but those are what fostered an actual interest in reading for me, so I'd say those are the only books that have significantly changed me. I used to hate reading period, now I like reading as long as I find something compelling.
Fiction: Baudolino, or The Island of the Day Before, both by Umberto Eco. Also, Les Miserables, my overall all-time favorite novel.
Non-fiction: Edmund Morris' three volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt, A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchmann, & just about anything by Robert K Massie.
I can't think of a one.
Which doesn't mean I don't read, or that they don't effect me, just that I don't consider them to be touchstones to be directly guiding forces.
That may come from seeing what horrors have arisen from people choosing that path.
The Belgariad series by David Eddings.
I think i was... 10? 11? when i first read Pawn of Prophecy and it seriously got me started on the entire fantasy genre. Considering the vast number of fantasy books i own and how many RPGs i play i'd say that, in a way, that series shaped my entire life.
I was truly saddened to learn of his passing in '09 (and, with all the other authors i read i can't say i'd actually feel sad over them)... although his books just didn't have the same... "feel" to them since his wife died (lost his partner in world building :().
R.I.P. David and Leigh Eddings
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