I’m very excited, because this is the first time I’m participating in the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy-For-Books. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time today visiting some of the other blog hop party-goers!
This week’s Book Blogger Hop Question is:
“What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?”
My Answer: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
I know what you’re thinking – this is just a romance book. But the truth is, not many books affect my life in a dramatic way. I take all non-fiction with a grain of salt, and if I do read some memoir or self-help book, it’s not likely to change me as a person. However, this little romance book helped me to stop being a book snob.
Several years ago when I was a teen working at Waldenbooks, I was a major book snob – though I wouldn’t have admitted it at the time. I read mostly classics, politics, non-fiction, biographies, and major best sellers (think Oprah-ish books). Besides Harry Potter, I didn’t read fluff. I admit I was one of those people who actually looked down on it.
Then my co-worker and friend Doni persuaded me to give this book a try. She was a little disappointed in the distain I held towards the romance section. So, I finally agreed. And to this day, this is one of my favorite books ever, and Crusie is one of my favorite romance authors. It showed me that romance books can be witty and original, with well-developed characters and a good storyline. That there are romance books out there that aren’t just smut. It also taught me to ease up and read some fluff every now and then – it’s fun, and it can still be very satisfying. And this book is so good that I actually got my boyfriend to read it, and HE even liked it! I’ll always be glad that I read this book :o)
Feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what book has affected your life in some way!
Happy Blog Hop!