It’s been a while since I posted a book review on here, but I had a prompt this week to write about a book that has had a huge impact on me.
Generally when people ask me in grown up conversation what my favourite book is, or to name one that has had a big impact on me, I respond with something by Tolstoy, or Murakami, or Allende, or Garcia Marquez, or Kafka, or Vonnegut, or Austen, or whatever happens to be on my book stand at the time. And it’s true, I adore these authors.
If I were to think about it a bit more and be honest, I would say the books that have had the biggest overall impact on my life have been by Dahl and Blyton, and even before that, by Dr Seuss and Mem Fox, Pamela Allen and Lynley Dodd.
The books that were read to me as a child had a huge impact in my developing an interest in reading and learning. In the grand circle of life, these same books now fill my days again as I read them to my own children.
One book that may be intended for children but which I have come back to time and time again throughout my life, and that has had a huge impact on me, has been Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Alice in Wonderland is hilariously funny and terribly sad. It’s a rollicking adventure and an intense study on human nature. I have read it countless times and each time I find something new in it. I consider it to be a more effective self-help book than most that you would find in the designated section at the book store.
This book helped to foster my love not just of literature, but of poetry and of nonsense. Together, I consider these three things to be cornerstones of my personality and outlook on life.
At key junctures in my life, the words of Lewis Carroll have also helped me to shrug off stress and to keep meandering on. Even if you don’t know where you’re going, if you keep at it you’ll end up somewhere!
If I had to take one book with me to a desert island this would be it. It really is like a whole series of books in one anyway. It is an absolute treasure trove.
If you haven’t read it, stop what you’re doing! Go directly to the library and find it, and read it immediately! Your life will be the richer for it.
What book has had the greatest impact on you?