Maybe chaged my life is a little dramatic but it certainly changed my reading life.
As a child and a teenager I used to read all the time – I loved being read to by my parents before I could read myself and once I could there was no stopping me. I devoured all kinds of books and loved that feeling of stepping in to another world. Then when I hit my late teens and university, travelling and much partying came along I sort of lost my reading mojo. I did still read but not a great deal and books were pushed aside in favour of parties and boys 😉
Whenever we went on holiday I would go armed with a stack of books like Jame Patterson ready to see me through those sunny hours by the pool, but one year as I was standing in WH Smiths about to make my selection I spied a copy of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I don’t know why it grabbed my attention so much as it’s not as if the cover calls out to you really, but it would NOT leave my peripheral vision! Eventually I gave in to curiosity and took it to the till. I started to read it by the pool in Egypt and it toally transformed my reading world. I had forgotten how books could be so intelligent (no offence to mr Patterson who’s books I still enjoy, but they’re not exactly literary genuis). I ripped through The Secret History, completely in awe of how clever, brilliantly written and amazing this book was. Once I was home, I hungered for more books like this and scoured Amazon for other books I might enjoy, joined a book group at my local Waterstones…..and I have never looked back. That one book got my reading mojo back and I am eternally grateful.
Oh, and you really should read it – fantastic book and still in my Top 10!