Friday, August 05, 2011

influental books

I haven't done a follow-friday post in a while, but I liked this week's question.

Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

I can't say that this book changed my life, but it is one that helped me through a tough time. I feel a bit silly posting about this particular book in this particular context because the author's work falls solidly in the chick-lit category. I really have nothing against chick lit, but it does have a justifiable reputation for being frivolous.

PS, I love you by Cecilia Ahern is a wonderful, uplifting, and fun story about love and loss and grief and learning to cope. I bought it after the unexpected death of my cousin died planning to send it to his wife. Of course I decided to read it before sending it along and I have to say that it brought me great comfort. After reading it, I felt the desire to buy another copy to send to her so I could keep the original copy for myself. Since then I decided that it should be shared rather than hoarded. I've passed along my copy and bought a few others (from the discount bookstore) to share via BookCrossing.


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This is Karen. I'm a librarian and archivist and I've been writing this blog since 2006. Some of my favorite books are All We Know of Love (schneider), The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (kundera), The God of Small Things (roy), The Handmaid's Tale (atwood), Pride and Prejudice (austen), The Storyteller (vargas llosa), and Zahrah the Windseeker (okorafor-mbachu).


  1. Aww I loved that movie and I own the book but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I might bring it to the top of my pile now! Great pick!

    Here's my FF!

  2. I read about this book on someone's (can't remember who) blog the other day. I have heard it is a serious eye gusher.

  3. New follower! Looks like a good book! I'll have to check it out :)

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  4. i saw the movie, but never read the book. I can imagine that this book does bring a lot of comfort to a lot of people.

    Trish @ {Tales From …}

  5. I've never read this book or seen the movie. I'm not the biggest fan of chick lit ever, although I do come across some occasionally that I really enjoy. However...

    I had never heard of BookCrossing before. Whoa. I'm enthralled with this. It's so neat. Thanks for sharing that link in your post because now I want to play!


  6. Haven't heard of that one! Seeing lots of different answers this week! Whether it was a book to change us emotionally or start our reading passions, all answers have been wide and far!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  7. Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for the visits.

    And, SweetestLittleBookworm, I'm so happy to have led you to Bookcrossing.

  8. Hopping through. I read PS I Love You years ago and loved it. I need to read more of Ahern's books.
    My Hop