What book inspired you to be what who you are now?
I remember being really inspired by James Herriot books when I was a kid. I thought I wanted to be a country veterinarian like he was. Then experience taught me that I was a better as an "animal advocate". I think sometimes it is more the world around you that shapes you rather than books, although we do frame the way we see the world from what we read as well.
Lately, I have noticed the books that were so important to me in my "formative years" getting ripped to shreds by people's opinions on book review sites or Reddit, and it makes me wonder if I only THOUGHT they were good books because of where I was, mental/emotionally, at the time of reading them. The stuff that seems SO important when we are in our late teens and early twenties kinda seems not as meaningful when you go back and read it in your thirties. These are the books that "made me what I am" based on how important their ideas were when I was young, but possibly would be invalidated now:
Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Robert Pirsig
On the Road: Jack Kerouac
The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
Anything by Tom Robbins, but mostly Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Another Roadside Attraction
Edited by JustKeely, 21 April 2013 - 03:52 PM.