Five Books That Changed My Life

Posted April 12, 2010 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Literature / 0 Comments

As most of you may know, I never use to be much of a reader; it was only last year that I decided to discipline myself to read more. So I thought I might as well share with you five books that really had strong effects on me and my views on life.

  • Markheim – This short story by Robert Louis Stevenson is definitely my favourite of his works I’ve read so far. The concept is amazing, but I won’t give you any spoilers.
  • Slaughterhouse-Five – And so it goes…nothing could have prepared me for a book like this. It’s unique in its style and left me pondering it for months after reading it.
  • Wuthering Heights – I know one reader that would be happy to see this on my list. The reason it does grace this list is the simple fact, that it defied all expectations. I went into this book thinking I knew what the story was about, but it shattered every expectation and left me with a dark and beautiful tale.
  • Frankenstein – It is apparent that this book has changed my life. I’ve mentioned it before in reference to pop culture and even a Smashing Pumpkins song. This book is simply a brilliant book on very real social issues.
  • Hey! Nietzsche! Leave them kids alone! – This book is the reason this blog exists. Craig Schuftan opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know by providing some interesting connections between the Romantic Period and today’s music scene.

0 responses to “Five Books That Changed My Life

  1. Great list! And yes, I do love that WH made your list. 😉

    “I went into this book thinking I knew what the story was about, but it shattered every expectation”.

    – Indeed! That’s something I’d mentioned in my own review of it. I can’t think of any other book that is so utterly different than how most people think it is,

    Frankenstein- AMAZING.

    I still have Markheim on my to-read list. In between writing and studying, I haven’t had the time yet. But I definitely will get to it.

    And you’ve inspired me to write a similar blog post!

    • This post was actually my daily exersice for the “31 days to building a better blog” challange by problogger. But it is a great idea, especially if I link back to older posts. It may get people reading posts from last year.

    • Yeah I know what its like to come up empty…so frustrating, especially when you love blogging and you want to post.

      Rowse always has so many ideas, I sometimes overload. But the 31 day challange i think is a good starting point. 🙂

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