I have always loved books and I believe that it is my love of books that has made me love writing so much. I want to join the legions of people who inspire, change, entertain, provide an escape through their words. Now, I have read a ridiculous number of books and I wouldn't be able to describe them all here - in fact I can't remember most of them unless I have a little reminder (be that an idea, the title or a scene). But there are a few that stand out in my mind, ones I read when I was younger that have made an impact on me. And the fact that I remember them inspires me to share them with you.
I can't remember when I read 'The Flawed Glass' and nor do I remember much about it other than it deals with disability. The reason I've included it here is because even all these years later I remember the feelings it brought up in me and I can clearly see the setting of the island in my mind - now if that's not visual writing I don't know what is. I'm not sure how realistic this book is but it shows simple times when disability wasn't really understood and how one person can make a huge difference to someone's life. I am definitey going to reread this over the summer just to find those passages of beauty and wind on my face recollections.
In A Blue Velvet Dress is an incredibly moving and beautiful ghost story. The main character is an avid reader and I think that that's probaby why she's stayed with me so long. I don't really remember the aspects of the ghost story but I know it is when I realised that ghosts don't have to be scary and there is something sad about lost souls who have got stuck on Earth. It changed my whole view on what is scary and why. Perhaps ghosts scare us because the give the thought of being left behind or being on our own?
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite books, why don't you share yours in the comments. Is there a writer or story that has stayed with you or has a special meaning for you?