Thursday, December 23, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Life-Changing

This week, BTT asks "Which Book Changed Your Life?" and at first I thought "that's easy – none of them." Many books have affected me in one way or another, but I really couldn't think of any that were noticeably life-changing.

But then I remembered a sunny spring day, many centuries ago on a planet far, far away. I was a senior in high school. It was lunchtime. And this tall skinny kid with long, Beatlesque hair, who I'd had my eye on for weeks, spent an entire half hour telling me the plot of a novel he'd read recently.

The book was How Awful About Allan, a fairly forgettable potboiler by Henry Farrell, the same writer who produced Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? I remember almost nothing at all about the plot of the book, but I certainly remember the young man who told it to me. Two years later I married him, and he's sitting in the next room right now drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.

So I guess my life really was changed by a book. And one I never even read!


  1. What a fun, and wonderful story. You really need to get that book and read it, just for the fun of it. And maybe put it on display as a conversation piece. hehe

  2. That definitely was a life changing book!!!!
    Happy Holidays!

  3. Oh good heavens what a great story...and great book, too. ;O)

  4. 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.

  5. Cute story! :) That book would make a cute anniversary present!

    Have a happy holiday!


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