Over at the Blog Hop, this week's question is:
"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"
My answer: The Harry Potter series are the books which opened my life up to magic, and to reading. I read the Sorceror's Stone when I was just shy of seven, and I'll never forget what a powerful experience it was. Suddenly I wanted to read every fantasy I could get my hands on and I wanted to be a writer, to create my own stories. (Almost as much as I wanted to go to Hogwarts. :) ) I remember Sirius Black in the third book scared me (hey, I was seven or eight) and the graveyard scene in the Goblet of Fire gave me chills to read after dark with a flashlight. I have so many memories of reading and re-reading these books. One of my favorite things about reading is that every time you read a book again, the memories of the previous times you read it and where you were and what you were doing come flying back to you like photographs stuck between the pages.
And this week's Follow Friday featured blogger is Shannon @ Stalking the Bookshelves. Make sure to stop by her blog and follow if you haven't already. The question is: What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?
My answer: I'm always discovering books from other people's blogs-- more than half the books I read were recommended by a blog or friend! One of the YA books I've discovered recently from reading blogs is Matched by Ally Condie; another is the Vampire Academy series.
I hope you all have an awesome weekend!