Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger HopIt's always fun to participate in the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy-for-Books. This week's question is:

"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"

Honestly, I can't think of any one particular book that I can point to that changed my life, because there have been so many books that have changed me. In a way, every book I read changes me - but there are some that stick out in my memory more than others. If I had to pick one book, though... Nah. Can't do it. How about a series, though?

OZARK TRILOGY: TWELVE FAIR KINGDOMS; GRAND JUBILEE; THEN THERE'LL BE FIREWORKSuzette Haden Elgin had a huge impact on my life when I first read her Ozark trilogy. She got me thinking about relationships between men and women and our roles in society. I was in my late teens, and I'd never really considered the matter before, just taken for granted that the world was as it was and wasn't I lucky not to live in a  time when women couldn't do anything? She opened my eyes to how much sexism I just wasn't seeing and how much I had accepted without thinking about it. It was very good for me to have my eyes opened like that, and I spent a lot of time thinking over what I thought about gender roles.

Native TongueLater on I read her Native Tongue trilogy, which again challenged my assumptions and helped to continue the process of re-evaluation I'd started.

Hmmm - even when I try to keep it to just one series, I can't! Too many good books out there - and I do love a book that makes me think. (And just as an aside - thank goodness for the libraries that make it possible for me to find those books! The Ozark trilogy was carried by my local library. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the librarian that decided to carry those books.)

Books: Ozark trilogy, Native Tongue trilogy, by Suzette Haden Elgin


Precious said...

Hello there! Hopping by! I love the answers to this week’s question.
I have a huge prize pack giveaway at the blog. A contest reminder is included in my book blogger hop post. I hope you drop by!
Here’s my post.

Have a nice weekend!

Jaleh D said...

I'd have a hard time picking one book or one series, too. So many that influenced me. I'm such an avid reader that I don't even always remember when the first time had been that I'd read a particular book.

Howard Sherman said...

This will probably come of something as a surprise but the book that changed/influenced my life (more than any other) is a non-fiction book. I know we all focus on novels and the fanciful fiction we love to read but The Four Work Week is the book that gets all the credit. I know the title sounds fictional but it really isn’t. Hop over to my blog and find out why –

Happy Book Blogger Hop Day!

Howard A. Sherman

Alison said...

Hopping through. New follower!
I haven't heard of the Ozark Trilogy or the Native Tongue Trilogy. I'll have to look them up.
Happy weekend!
My Hop

GREYZ said...

Books can really leave a mark in our lives. To read what that book is in my life, come visit me at Clandestine Sanctuary.

Dropping by via the hop. I am a new follower. Have a great weekend!

Mandy said...

Diana Gabaldon's "OUTLANDER" did it for me. I cannot stop reading since I read her books last October. She is the reason why I started blogging about books. Have a super weekend. I am your newest follower. Come and visit me at

Elizabeth said...

Stopping by from the blog hop...good answer...first-time your design

Happy New Year....

My answer is at:


Belinda said...

Happy HOP! The book I shared had a major impact on me last year and totally changed my life for the better. Come by and visit to see which one it was. I'm an old follower :)

The Bookish Snob

Mina Burrows said...

I'm just hopping by. Cool blog. I'm now follower. Love your Friday Wish list.

Cari Hislop said...

Books that changed my life...too too many to chose one. Here's a few...

Little Women (the romance between Joe and the Professor. I was about ten, but I thought it was SO romantic to fall in love with an older man! Having married one I can say my romance started with that book.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This book has taught me how to love others and how I need to be loved. It has completely changed my life and how I deal with other people. I can't imagine being me today without it. If you've never read it. I HIGHLY recommenced it or one of his many versions. The premise is simple yet profound.

The Artist Way by Julia Cameron. It's a 12 week self help course that
saved my sanity. It has helped me understand what it means to be creative as well as made me better person.

When I was young it was fiction that changed me, but I find these days it's usually biographies. I've learned A LOT about myself (as well as countless other topics) by studying other people's lives.


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