Literary Quote

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Book influence

What are the books that have changed you? Besides the Book of Mormon and the Bible, those go without saying. What have you read that with the closing words you look in the mirror to see the changes wrought? But with the inspection you find the same lines, the same color, the same you in your reflection. The changes must have happened inside your sinews, in your blood, in your very organs. There is a warmth that wasn't there before. It is real yet invisible from the outside. A few books have done this to me, for me. I think you change when you recognize truth or beauty or ideals, even love. Here are my changing books.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book is about the astounding attributes of the human spirit, the magnitude of harmful intent, and the power of self sacrifice and love. Wow. This book should be on every reading list there is.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The power of that one action that truly defines your character! This book explores courage and how we use the many facets thereof. Dickens is a genius and I am better for it.

1984 by George Orwell
What an astounding force is the kindness of man, or the implications of the hardhearted world. This book takes on the difficult task of painting a world without compassion and the consequences of hate. One soft light in the din of darkness makes a difference somewhere.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Timid countenances do not equate weak character. Jane's example of honesty and forthrightness is inspiring. We can rise above that which we have been giving in this life. We can rise above and soar.

I may have to have a part II to this entry. This is just too much fun:)


Shellee said...

You need to read "Left to Tell" by Imaculee Imbailgzia (or something like that).
You will find yourself drawn. I read it in a matter of a few hours, I couldn't put it down, it went everywhere with me.

I agree with you about The Book Thief!

Jenae said...

I love reading your deep thoughts! YOur book list is wonderful and I am excited to get my hands on "Theif". I had not heard of that book but now I am intrigued! You are awesome and I hope all is going well.