Thursday, August 4, 2011

Follow Friday (12)

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Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

I don’t really ever remember being just an “average reader”. As a kid, I was always reading or even telling my own stories. But perhaps the piece that most changed me was when I was thirteen. “Romeo and Juliet” by the good ol’ William Shakespeare. This was the eye-opener into not only classic reading for me, but also the amazing writer himself. I craved more of the beautiful language and rich stories after that.

Other influencing reads:

Harry Potter: This series got me more into the YA and fantasy genre. Before it, I was mostly reading adult (I know, strange, as a child I read mostly adult and classic, but as I got older I began transitioning to YA more instead). I continued reading more adult than YA until I was about eighteen or nineteen. Now I read more YA. Haha. But Harry Potter was a big influence through those years as I began my transition. It’s still so hard to believe that I was fourteen when the first book came out. Wow. Time flies.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss: Maybe this would sound funny to you, but it was “life-changing” for me, I would say. That was the first book I ever learned how to read when I was four. I still love it. Haha. It was this book that got me into the wonderful world of reading and made me crave more. So, definitely a book that I would say that was influencing.

Stephen King/Anne Rice: These are author influences. I started reading them around the ages of 10-11 and it was about that time I began writing “darker” stories. I think it was their work that made me realize that the darker/horror-side of writing was more my style. I’d always loved hearing darker stories, but didn’t know if it’d be something I could write in until I tried. Reading their work helped changed/influence me to try the genres.

Happy Friday!



  1. New follower :) Harry Potter is a great choice!

    I never read any Stephen King before, but my sister *loves* his books, so I know what she'd probably pick if she was answering this question, heh.

    (My #FF post if you are interested:

  2. Hi & Happy Friday!

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend.

  3. Happy Friday! I'm a new follower!

    I remember our family had a massively heavy hardback of The Complete Works of Shakespeare that was old as dirt, chewed up by the dog and falling apart and I read it over and over and over. I went through so many phases with that book. :)

  4. I also picked Harry Potter. It is amazing how many have been affected by it.
    Here's my HOP for this week.

  5. New Follower, hopping by for Follow Friday!

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  6. Shakespeare is an excellent choice! I remember being struck by how amazingly beautiful his words were, while still telling a powerful story.

    Old follower stopping by--have a great weekend!

  7. Harry Potter is the most amazing book ever! I cannot express how much I love them!

    Your blog is very pretty by the way:)

    New follower. My FF post:

    Lan @ The Write Obsession

  8. Hopping through. Yay for Harry Potter! My fav Seuss book is the Butter Battle Book.
    My Hop

  9. Romeo and Juliet! :) That's a great pick!

    Here's My First Follow Friday

    ~New follower :)
    April @Books4juliet


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