Mind-Blowing | Booking Through Thursday

What’s the most mind-blowing, world-changing book you’ve ever read? (Or article, poem, whatever.)

Deb, Booking Through Thursday

Every few years, I will read a book that stays with me for longer than other books will.

When I was a teenager, I remember while on vacation I’d read all my own books, so I asked my parents if I could read some of theirs1. My mom thought I would enjoy a book her sister has recommended my parents to read, and while it was in English 2, I decided I would have a go. It was a nice thick book (always a bonus!) and it was an historic novel, which I knew I’d enjoy: enter Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.

Cut to about 10 years later, after reading a review in Time Magazine, I purchased Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones: not a book in a genre I would normally enjoy, but somehow this book resonated with me. I have not bothered to watch the movie, because this harrowing story is too gruesome for me to endure again. I have recommended this title to quite a few people, but somehow I never found out if they actually read it!

And only last year, after reading an interview with the author in a national newspaper and when my parents adamently spoke about this book, I read Alexander Münninghoff’s De stamhouder. No idea if there are translations of this book yet, but the original Dutch version is very interesting and touching: it’s a chronicle about a European family and Europe’s history in the 20th century.

Of course, books I read in my youth have stayed with me as well, as you can read in this post: Book Meme.

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  1. We’d usually each take quite a few books with us, all four of us are very avid readers!
  2. Dutch is my mother tongue, but by that time I’d had about 3 years of English in high school.