Let’s keep talking about books and authors, okay? Liz had a great blog here yesterday where she named fifteen authors who influenced her as a writer and asked you to share. Today, how about we share three books that changed how you see the world? This is an odd one, I know, but I think everyone’s read a book or two or three that made them see the world around them a little differently. Books that made them rethink their worldview or at least rethink what they wanted to do with their life. Did you?
Here are my three:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, which my mom read to us when I was about eight or ten. It changed my view of fathers, which had gotten a bit distorted by my dad, who abandoned our family when I was six. Even though our grandfather stepped in and tried to fill the gap, my view of fathers was that they left, they couldn’t be depended on, and they didn’t care about kids. Matthew Cuthbert, the gentle bachelor who, along with his sister, Marilla, loved and raised Anne Shirley was to my childish eyes, the ultimate father. He became my high-water mark for fathers and when I met Husband, his gentle nature, so like Matthew’s, drew me in immediately and I knew he’d be an extraordinary father. And he is.
Practically Seventeen by Rosamund du Jardin is the first teen romance I read when I was eleven. My older sister brought it home from the high school library, I nabbed it one Saturday afternoon, and didn’t shut the book until I’d read to the very last page. I fell in love with romance right then and I knew right then that one day I would be a romance novelist. Now, I don’t write YA, but I love writing romance, and I still have all of Rosamund du Jardin’s teen novels on my keeper shelf.
Freshman year at Purdue, I read All This and Heaven, Too, Rachel Field’s biographical novel about a sensational murder in Paris that involved her great aunt Henriette Deluzy Desportes and was a huge scandal in France. I became fascinated with Paris and all things French, and I learned about how love can sometimes bring tragedy before you finally find your happily-ever-after. I haven't written a book set in Paris yet, but my first novel, Rule Number One has a fun love affair that has a small French flavor.
Honestly, I could probably name at least twenty more books that changed my view of the world, but those are the three that came to mind first, and I want to hear yours. Come on, give it some thought—three books that changed how you see the world.