This is a follow-up to one of my earliest posts on this blog, and I’ll be cross-posting it to my livejournal and author site. As I noted below, the books we love most passionately are often books we discover in late childhood or adolescence. Books we read at that age can have an enormous influence on us, too, can’t they? This isn’t a comprehensive list, by any means, but I’d just like to note down here a few books that influenced me.
The first couple of titles will be no surprise at all to anyone who knows me.
1. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Of course! I’m one of many thousands of people who have lived in Tolkien’s world in their imaginations. As to The Hobbit, I’d like to point to an extraordinary review on Goodreads . It is by Matt, who wrote it on August 26, 2008, and it beautifully sums up just how extraordinary a book The Hobbit actually is. I hope you’ll be able to find Matt’s review and read it – I’ll link to it here if I can figure out how! Oh – here’s the link, thanks to a livejournal friend: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23503181