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I am a book FANATIC! I love to read. I have four bookshelves full of books. Have I read them all? Nope. I love when a good book can transport the reader to a peaceful place, possibly another world. I do gear more towards fiction, but I also have quite a few nonfiction books. My nonfiction books are autobiographies of my favorite public figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and Carli Lloyd, and I also have lifestyle books like Marie Kondo’s book. A majority of my books are, however, fictional. For this post, I will be speaking more to fictional books.
A good book has the power to put the reader in the book. It has the power to inspire and encourage. A good book will have characters able to give an act of reader courage in relatable life experiences. It will help a reader through a relatable situation. A good book will reach a moment/memory in every reader. A good book has the power to influence the reader in the most positive way possible.
Taking Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, for example, these books had the power to make me a proper book nerd. I read this series in the 9th grade. Up until this point, I had read the occasional library book for AR credits in order to get enough points to help a teacher for a day. I had never read for pure pleasure. I was purely a cinematic nerd (I still am, coincidently). One of my really good friends at the time recommended this series to me, knowing that based on my movie preferences (Harry Potter) I would enjoy this series. I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that these books changed my life. I was able to connect with these characters deeply. After finishing the series, withdrawal hit hard and I began exploring other popular series such as Hunger Games, Divergent, and eventually, Harry Potter.
To this day, the Shadowhunters series’ are still my true favorites. It is honestly to the point where I plan to one day get the angelic rune tattooed on my wrist. These books have paved the way to me becoming a reader and a writer. Without these books, I never would have discovered the true power of a good book, I never would have discovered fellow fans of these books who eventually became authors themselves (Sasha Alsberg), and I never would have become the blogger I am today. My love of books has shaped who I am and the characters I have loved have influenced me in so many ways. They have shown me that through passion, I can conquer anything. I can achieve any goal I wish. I can be whoever I want to be.
To express my appreciation for Cassandra Clare, would take a decade. To express my appreciation to Clary Fray would take just as long. A good book has the power to shape us and inspire us greatly. A good book has the power to get us through the tough times, to help us achieve our dreams, and to conquer any fear with courage and strength. Without good books, the world would be quite dull. There would be no dreams of Gatsby life, love affairs like Romeo and Juliet, no heroes like Katniss Everdeen and Clary Fray, and no wonderful escapes like Narnia, Wonderland, or Hogwarts. The power of a good book is a great one and could be discussed forever and ever. There’s a good book out there for all of us if we only choose to open ourselves up to the adventure.
“One must always be careful of books and what’s inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
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