#20. The book that I read that has altered my perception of life is…
I haven’t really read a book that has drastically altered my perception of life to be honest with you. I read a novel, and enjoy it, and then it’s over. Plus, I don’t sit and read books all the time, I read a lot of articles from magazines, or online, or poetry, but I’ve been reading fewer books. I guess even though I enjoy reading and want to read more, I feel bad sitting around reading all day, like I’m being lazy. Which is ridiculous, because I will gladly sit around and watch movies or television shows all day if I could. I’m odd.
But for the sake of the question, I’m going to have to answer The Shining. First off, it was the first “adult” novel I read, as in I was 13 when I read it, and it was the first piece of adult fiction that I really read (unless you count the Hobbit, but the Hobbit is really for every one of all ages, and plus we carry it in the 9-12 section as well as Fantasy in my store, so I count it for everyone). To me, I guess it helped propel me towards my adult life, separating my maturity level from those of my age group. It was also the first horror novel I had ever really read, and the first horror anything I ever enjoyed. Did this book drastically alter my perception of life? No, but I suppose it has influenced my tastes, my writing style and narrative, and what types of media I enjoy. Plus, it is that one book I read almost every year, and it is something I really enjoy and continue to enjoy each time I read it.
So that may not be the best answer, but that’s the best I can give.