Momversation: What Books Changed Your Life?

I was very curious to see this Momversation.    It started out “back stage” as it were.  All of the “momversationalists” get an email at the end of the week saying what’s happening for the next week, i.e. “Daphne is going to start our conversation on Monday with “would you leave a cheating spouse” and these moms will do that one.  Anyone who has a problem, speak up.”  This one week there was to be a guest panelist and Mindy sent an email saying “welcome aboard and I have your book on my bedside table.” The email is like a forum, it goes to everyone on the list.  The guest said she had Mindy’s book on her bedside table.  Then everyone piped in about what they were reading, could no longer read, then it became what happened?  We use to be readers and so forth.  Maggie ( of Mighty Girl) proposed expanding on something from her blog about “what books changed your life?”  And this Momversation kind of became a blend of both.

I talked about other books then are in this video as I am sure the others did as well (and darn it, I forgot to mention “To Kill a Mockingbird” but Karen does).

But, let’s have a coolmom book club here.  Not that kind where we all run out and buy the same book, but “talk” about what books mean to you and what kind if any do you make the time for?

9 thoughts on “Momversation: What Books Changed Your Life?

  1. I read over and over, “The Secret Life of Bees.” It didn’t change my life, but it reaffirmed to me how important other women are in a woman’s life. Really really important.

    I love that book.

  2. ughhh I love love love reading. it is an escape. i MUST read right before i go to sleep, even if it is just a page or 2. i am instilling the love of reading in my girls. reading is fun, educational, thought provoking.

    the book that i would say changed my life….FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER. I know rough title, it is about a young woman’s memoir of her struggle through the pol pot regime in cambodia. the fact that it happened in the 70’s while my childhood was going on and i was probably in disney on vacation …it just stunned me to the core. read it now.

  3. I love “A Prayer for Owen Meaney!”
    I loooooved “The Poisonwood Bible” It is such a good story of a little growing up and finding herself… it is also tragic.

  4. I use to be way into John Irving. Truth is.. I mostly read entertainment bios. They are sort of easier for me right now. If I can only read 2 pages of a novel I can’t get into it.
    Biographies in general are good for that. Like Queen Nors bio that has been in my car for over 3 years. I read it when one of my kids falls asleep in the car and I don’t want to move them.

  5. I just finished reading, “Can You Keep a Secret?” Awesome book and a fast read for me in a day and a half, when I found the time. It is by Sophie Kinsella and from what I read on her site, will be making it to the big screen with Kate Hudson! This chick lit was different for me and I enjoyed it and the humor of the author. I don’t remember the last time I read something and laughed so hard and loud that family were coming up to me wondering what was so funny and they wanted to read it next!
    It’s about a woman who tells all her secrets during a flight home that she thought was going to crash, to a man she didn’t know. This man is introduced in her office the following monday morning as the CEO of the company she works for! Hilarious and romantic.

  6. I HAVE TO read every night! I love it too much to give up, even when I really should sleep, (or clean!) insead. I have made it through a lot of books with as little as 10 minutes a night… 🙂
    I have to admit that I am looking forward to the kids getting older (right now they are 1 and 3), so that I can read more while waiting for soccer practice to get over (or something like that)

  7. I read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was thirteen. Her writing made a huge impact on me, not only in terms of her hopeful, adolescent nature, but her love of books and writing. During the same period I read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. It combined science, fantasy, and humor in an historical setting. These aspects play in my own writing.

    When a teen, The Brother’s Karamazov appealed to my blooming atheism, and Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to my jaded sense of romance.

    All of these coalesced into Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

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