Booking Through Thursday: Life-Changing

Which Book Changed Your Life?

(I find the fact that this question is entirely capitalized hilarious.)

I’ll give you two answers. The first is The Lord of the Rings; not solely because it is a fantasy classic, but because of the fandom boom in 2001 to 2003. As a military brat, I grew up without much of a community beyond school. (My brother had it worse, though; we finally settled in Georgia when I was in fifth grade.) While I wouldn’t count myself as an active participant (I was in middle school at the time), it was when I discovered fandom—not simply seeking out fanworks and consuming them, but the discussion and affectionate parody that I find colors most laid-back fandoms. Fandom gave me a community when I had little to none, and it was—and remains to this day—a welcoming place full of interesting, witty women and the media they love. I had yet to find a spine, but it was a huge step in becoming a fully realized human being.

The, uh, less mushy answer is Jacqueline Carey’s The Sundering, the duet composed of Banewreaker and Godslayer, a fantastic deconstruction of The Lord of the Rings. While I’d been expecting something good, I suppose I was approaching it in more of an academic fashion. It completely blew me away with how lovingly it presented the darkness of traditional high fantasy and, almost unbelievably, a sense of hope after the end. I consider it life-changing because it’s a series I’ll always remembering reading and being awed by.

5 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Life-Changing

  1. You know, even though I haven’t read it as an adult, this really is one of my most memorable books. I’m not sure I could say it CHANGED my life although, it really must have at least set me on a path. My dad read it all the way through to me over years of bed time readings. It’s something I’ll always remember it being the book my daddy read to me and it’s probably why I read big books for bedtime stories for my two and a half year old. :O) . Nice choice!

  2. Which book changed your life?

    I would have to say the Harry Potter and Twilight series because they sparked so many conversations with people I know well and people I just met. It’s also fun talking with people about the different aspects between the books and the movies.

  3. I think Robin McKinley’s ‘The Blue Sword’ (though I love me some Tolkien) changed my life, because it inspired me to write my own stuff (however, my McKinley homage was particularly bad, I may say!).

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