Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Question of the Day #656

Today's question is brough to you by YA writer, Jim Danielson:

Are there any books that have at some point in your life had a great impact?

I'm going to back up to childhood and go with the Little House series. I was kookoo for those books. Sneaking off to my room, begging to read just a few more pages at bed time, hermiting up in my treehouse, devouring every word Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote. That series made me fall in love with reading.




  1. So many!!! It was the work of Norma Klein, Cynthia Voight, Paula Danziger, and Judy Blume, though, that made me want to write YA.

  2. Atlas Shrugged ... I read it while living/studying abroad. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly why it impacted me so much at the time! :-) Guess I'll have to read it again!

  3. Both the Little House and the Anne of Green Gables series inspired my love of reading.

    As a teen, Timothy Findley's works opened my mind to the dark side of life. The Wars, Headhunter, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Famous Last Words....were gripping.

    Recently, The Omnivore`s Dilemma (Michael Pollan) and Slow Death by Rubber Duck (Smith & Lourie) inspired me to change what I eat, and reconsider the everyday objects that surround me.

  4. My father read the Little House series out loud to me every night he was home. Fond memories. Also, Atlas Shrugged turned me into a right wing Republican (for a while.) I've read a lot of books I loved, but those two had an impact on me. However, the most life-changing book I ever read was Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. That was the beginning of my way-too-slow transition from doormat to independent woman.

  5. Boxcar Children - started my love of reading.

    Stranger In A Strange Land - a strong spiritual experience, but only the first time I read it. I Grok you. (Hope that's right. It's been over 25 years.)

  6. Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends has made the most impact me in my life. I have loved it since I was a child. It's why I love poetry.

  7. I read Chuck Yeager's biography book as a kid & am still influenced to this day - Chuck certainly had and still has "The Right Stuff" - what a stud! He's the dude who broke the sound barrier in the X-1 by the way! BOOM!


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