Booking Through Thursday features a new question prompt each week. This week’s question:
What’s the most mind-blowing, world-changing book you’ve ever read? (Or article, poem, whatever.)
This was surprisingly hard for me to answer. I couldn’t think of a book I’ve read that was world-changing, so to speak, so I am picking a book that changed my world, particularly my reading world. That would be Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings.
This would probably not seem very mind-blowing or world-changing to most people, but it changed things pretty significantly for me. It was the first fantasy novel I had ever read and it is definitely what pulled me into the genre. I had wanted to read fantasy before, but looking at books in the bookstore was overwhelming. Everything was set in series, and even the series had multiple “series” within the series. I had no idea where to start. So this was what I picked and was immediately hooked.
It was also what originally got me involved with books online. After reading this series, I really wanted someone to talk to about it, but no one around me had read it, or was likely to (although I finally convinced my mom to many years later). It led me to find the Mallorean Tavern website, which has had many incarnations since then, and was the first online forum I ever joined and where I made my first online friends, people I had never (and mostly will never) meet in person, but who I felt an immediate, strong connection with. So in that sense, this book definitely did change my world.
If I was going to go with books that blew my mind, I have a few runners up: Feed by Mira Grant, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and pretty much everything written by John Green.
Please let me know what books would fit this category for you. I’d love to read it!