Which Book Made You?…

books-clipartI have always been a big reader and would quite happily swop TV for a book. Waterstones have recently asked ‘Which Book Made You?’ 

It got me thinking, Did they mean my favourite? The one that I can’t stop thinking about years after I’ve finished reading? There were a few possible answers for me.

When I started thinking about it, many titles flashed through – Ralph’s Party by Lisa Jewell, Where Rainbow’s End by Cecelia Ahern,  The Velveteen Rabbit, Harry Potter, The Malory Towers and Sweet Valley High books (one’s I read avidly when I was a teenager.) These are the ones I can think of at this moment. 

However, the book that keeps coming back to me is The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. It was recommended to me by my sister. I was sixteen and it made such an impact on me that I still think about it now. I was at an impressional age and many times, this book surprised me, shocked me and made me cry. I can even remember the song I was listening to a lot as I read it almost sixteen years ago. 

So, which book made you and why? 

(If you would like to take park in The Book That Made Me campaign being run by Waterstones, click here.)

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

2 Responses to Which Book Made You?…

  • Carol Peace says:

    I am always stumped by questions like this as I have read hundreds of books and all of them have left something behind with me. I remember reading the man in an Iron Mask when I was very young and it left an imprint on my mind but over 40 years later I just cant remember what that feling was.

  • Maria says:

    I know what you mean- it’s hard to define one book if you are an avid reader but I guess it’s the one with the most impact. Mine would be The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig- 9781903252437 It’s a true account of a family growing up in exile in Siberia during the 2nd World War and I couldn’t believe what they had to go through just because they were considered enemies of the state. I read it several times and grew older each time I picked it up, therefore understanding parts of the book more.

    A book I have read more recently is Nothing to Envy- about North Korea. Again this is about living in different circumstances and I found this really interesting and the stories within were full of courage, determination and facts about a place that is so unknown- all told in an excellent voice.

    My favourite story is Matilda and my favourite series is Malory Towers by Enid Blyton.

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