Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (January 7 - December 10 - 13, 2010)

Book Blogger Hop

The first Book Blogger Hop of the New Year!  I hope everyone has an excellent 2011.

This meme is hosted by Crazy-For-Books. Please click the button above to check out the complete rules.

This week's question is:  "What book influenced or changed your life?  How did it influence/change you?"

Answer:  My favorite author is Charles de Lint.  When I first discovered him I was blown away and so thankful.  I had found an author and stories that I had been searching for my entire life.  He is, I feel, one of the pioneers of Urban Fantasy.  Most of his stories (especially the Newford Series) take place in the modern world with magic happening on the outskirts, if you just look...if you just believe.  de Lint seems to have peered into my soul and pulled these stories out and given them back to me.  He has given me characters and experiences that I had always wanted to read about and that I never wanted to end. Okay I confess, I more than just want to read about this place where his exceptional kind of magic happens, I want to live there, make friends with his characters and experience the magic.

How did they influence me?  They have given me hope.  I want to believe that magical things happen and maybe if we just open our eyes and our hearts we can see that the magic has been there all along.

Another book that really stayed with me is Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko.  I had taken an online class on Native American spirituality and this book was on the reading list.  There is a school of thought that all things are connected, but reading this book I had an epiphany.  Silko's words sunk into me and I not only believed it, I knew it.  I was very touched by the main character, Tayo, and his experiences from his tour in World War II to his return home to his reservation where he rediscovers who he is.  


Savannah said...

Great Books!! Happy Friday and have a great weekend :)

Two Bibliomaniacs said...

Stopping by from the Hop! I've always wanted to read something from Charles de Lint - hopefully 2011 will be the year! Have a good weekend.

Christin said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm a new follower here :-) These books sound great - I'll have to look into them!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hopping through!

I've never heard of him, so thank you to introducing me to a new author :)

Katie Edwards said...

I think I've read one book by Charles de Lint - was it called The Onion Girl?

The book that has been my biggest inspiration since I was about seven was Anne of Green Gables. For the first time I met a heroine who felt so alive and real, and reminded me of myself. Somehow Anne's story seems to be all muddled up in my own childhood memories - more than just reading the book, it's like I lived it. It speaks to me in a different way each time I read it.

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. New follower!
I've never heard of de Lint. I'll definitely have to look it up.
Happy weekend!
My Hop

Belinda said...

Happy HOP! The book I shared had a major impact on me last year and totally changed my life for the better. Come by and visit to see which one it was. I'm an old follower :) Enjoy your weekend.

The Bookish Snob

Anonymous said...

Hiya! Hopping by for the Friday Blog Hop even though it's now Sunday lol
Love the choice of Charles De Lint; such a unique writer :-)


Alisha (MyNeedToRead) said...

Wow. Your words about how he's influenced you are beautiful... it makes me want to go out and grab some de Lint to read asap! For now, I'll definitely add it to the TBR list. :o)
Great site you've got...glad to be following and looking forward to what you've got in store!

p.s. - Thanks for stopping by mi' blog! ^_^

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