A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.
Two people asked a similar question:
Charlie Quillen asks:
Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?
There have been books I loved, books that I fell in love with, and books that changed my life, and they’re not always the same nor mutually exclusive.
OK, this is going to be seriously dorky but then again, we’re all book bloggers and so should be used to fairly nerdy things, right?
That said, I think that Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse’s quirky little book about existence, has been my most life altering read to date. It is just so darn neat even though the ideas have been around for quite a while (western Existentialism and eastern Buddhism) and the basic theories and themes are heavily present in most of his other books.
It was the very first book I read following my college graduation and so I think that has much to do with its impact. ONe, it was the first book I had read for pleasure in almost four years, and two, there’s nothing like a good little ditty on free will and the burden of choice to speak to a recently inaugurated starry-eyed young graduate.