The Executioner's Song helped forge my view/stance on the death penalty.<br><br>
The Metamorphosis described the way I was feeling at the time I read it. In that way it brought me comfort.<br><br>
The Road touched my heart and disturbed my soul but I'm not sure it changed my life. I suppose it did teach me to appreciate the relationships which help define who I am.
This book made me so angry, I threw it hard against the wall and have pretty much avoided fiction ever since. It's very good. It doesn't give you the ending you want, which I admire. I just hated how hopeless it made me feel:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/55/A_Fine_Balance.jpg/200px-A_Fine_Balance.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
These three short stories changed me...deepened my faith, or perhaps hunger and thirst for God:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.mercuryhouse.org/images/thirst.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
hmmm. That is an interesting one.<br><br>
In highschool there were a handful of books that i was, for a lack of a better word, obsessed with. Some of them are pretty obvious ones, like <b>Catcher in the Rye</b>, but there were a few others that i think were crucial to my high school experience and coming of age.<br><br>
The first would be <b>Bret Easton Ellis</b> and my obsession with him and his books. This obsession made me almost want to go to Bennington and follow in his footsteps, but i digress.<br><b>American Psycho, Rules of Attraction, Less than Zero, The Informers</b><br><br>
Then the other obvious-- <b>The Bell Jar</b> <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> as well as her complete works and many biographies i read on her.<br><br><b>Ethan Frome</b> is another book that i was enthralled by and reread many, many times.<br><br>
As an adult, a few books have had a strong effect on my life.<br><br><b>The Food Revolution</b> is one. It really put a lot of evidence and research behind how i had been living my life since a young teenager.<br><br><b>To The Edge</b>, this book i have read many, many times. It is written by <b>Kirk Johnson</b>, who is a NY Times journalist who reported on the Badwater 135 mile race. His book chronicles his journey from non-runner and reporter, to Badwater runner and finisher (in like a year!!) it is an amazing and inspiring journey and every time i read it, i feel like i get a step closer to my goal of running and completing that race.<br><br>
The <b>Lonesome Dove</b> series, which included a prequel as well. That series, as well as "the <b>Last Picture Show</b>" series, both by <b>Larry McMurtry</b>, were just incredible journeys for me. In both series, it follows the lives of people all the way into their older age and to death. As someone in their mid-20s when reading those series, they were really enlightening to me.
On the Road...I first read it about 40 years ago and every few months I pick it up and read a bit. Makes me want to pull the Porsche out of storage and head for California.<br><br>
Like Meri I found To The Edge to be inspiring. Unlike her, it inspired me never to even think about an ultra, let alone Badwater. I did, however, go to Death Valley and run the Death Valley Marathon as a result of the book. That was ample for me, thank you very much.
"The Once and Future King" gave me all sorts of lenses through which to view the world when I read it as a young girl.<br>
"Cider House Rules" made me think very hard about abortion -- not the right for women to choose it, just the process itself.<br>
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" made me take a hard look at some of the foods we eat.
"Animal Farm" and "1984" made quite an impact on me in high school. i often go back re-read them just to recapture those moments when I saw through the story to the dark underbelly of the time it was written.<br><br>
"To Kill a mockingbird" is one of my all time favorites.<br><br>
"The celestine prophecy" was an important book during my college years...it was a source of mny enlighting discussions among my friends, which led to a greater understanding of eachother and our spirits.