We all have those books: the ones that may not be literary masterpieces, believable, or even likable to the rest of the population. But to you, they mark a time in your life, or a very special moment in your reading life. I’ve taken the liberty of perusing my shelves and finding a few titles that I can clearly say, “it was this book.” I thought I’d share them, and maybe you have some of your own!
1) The “hey, reading is more than just college work!” books
I’ve mentioned it a few times that when I entered college, I stopped reading entirely for the two years while I completed my degree. But if I really looked back, the truth is that I stopped reading at least a year before that, except for the occasional Eragon or Harry Potter reread. Part of it was the depression, and part of it was that my head was so filled with college books and classics that reading turned into work, no matter how much I enjoyed it (Antigone was a favorite of mine!).
But then… along fell an extra $40 in my pocket, and I happened to stop by Target. And I was in the mood to spend it allll. So I meandered over to the movie section, which was where I usually spent my cash, but then I found myself drawn to the book section, where I found…
2) The “screw it, I’m fabulous” book
Before this book, I would only buy paperbacks, because — and here I confess something depressing — I didn’t think I deserved to spend that much money on myself for a hardback. 17 year old me was such a killjoy. 18.5 year old me is 10x better (trust me, everyone I know says “oh my god you’re not even the same person anymore”). Anyhoo, I was in Barnes and Noble, and happened to find…
I had been really wanting to read this one — the first time I had that hand shaking, heart pounding, holy crap I NEED IT sort of wanting a book — and there it was, just waiting for me, in all its hardback glory. Then, this overwhelming wave of “DAMMIT I AM WORTH IT AND I’M GOING TO BUY THIS BOOK” came over me. I threw down my $20, then proceeded to sit in the cafe, drink a $5 coffee, and read for two hours, finishing half the book. After that, I had no problems spending money on hardbacks (although I did then have to find the restraint and settle into a healthy middle of book buying).
3) Contemporary isn’t as awful as I thought!
This is influenced largely by Andi and Veronica. The first time Veronica and I met was at Barnes and Noble (what a great place to start our friendship), and when I told her I hadn’t read a single book from the contemporary section, she about had a heart attack and threw three books at me, one of them being:
Anna and the French Kiss. Lola was actually her Christmas gift to me a few months later! I was so skeptical, but then I found that contemporary doesn’t just have to be a guilty pleasure — they’re actually pretty darn good in some cases!
4) Parnormal isn’t just creepy pedo vamps/wolves
Twilight. *shudder* It ruined anything paranormal for me for at least four years. I would RUN from the teen section, because all I could find was vampires or werewolves! And then (I’m seeing a trend here) Veronica bought me a copy of…
Vampire Academy, because I get guilty if someone gives/buys me books and I don’t immediately read them. AND SHE USED THAT AGAINST ME — now that’s how you best friend, folks. With my newfound confidence in the para genre, I bought The Raven Boys. And WOWOWOW I was blown away! I stayed up till 3 to finish that one, I think.
And the rest is history…
I’m now a “I am worth it so I shall buy books because they’re FUN and I’ll try anything because who knows what I’ll find” sort of reader! And it’s a beautifully liberating experience 😀
Have there been any landmark books in your life? Ones that changed how you read or how you feel about reading?