Books That Affected My Lifestyle

Reading

I have always claimed:

Reading Makes The World Spin

Have you read a book recently?

Maybe it is time to put down the television remote or the game controller and pick up a book.

Reading is good for the spirit, soul, and mind.

If nothing else, support a struggling author and buy a book; read it, and give he/she a review.

Let's take the monopoly away from the television and give some back to the writers. Without the books, the world will fall apart.

"Image courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net".
"Image courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net".

Since I was a young lad, I have loved reading.

Some books had no lasting affect, but I still, for the most part, enjoyed reading them all. I enjoyed seeing the style of writing and the way authors intertwined each character. I always have loved seeing the talents of writers describing a person, place or thing and I could just picture it without a television screen to do it for me.

An author that can create a picture in your mind that lasts, is a most talented writer.

I want to be that talented writer. I am always striving to write just a bit better. I always have believed that my love of reading gave me the abilities to be a writer.

At this point in time, I have well over 40 books published.

The point of this hub is to share some of the books I have read through my life that have affected me. It is a good probability that they all have affected me slightly, but I speak of the ones that had affects that I noticed made changes within me.

I am not putting this list in an order of importance. I am putting it in an order of my age when I read the book. I will tell you the book, give a brief synopsis, and explain why I feel it affected me.

I would be interested in hearing what books affected you in life. Please share them in the comments area.

The Little Engine That Could

This children's book is about a train that had to climb a steep hill. At first the train didn't think it would make it.

The train started telling itself, "I think I can, I think I can." It gave itself the encouragement to climb the hill.

This book was first published in 1930 and was authored by Watty Piper, which was a pen name for Arnold Munk. Munk was co-owner of the publishing company who published the book: Platt & Munk.

The Affects

Well, it is clear what affect it had on me as well as other children. I can give this book credit for my ambition to become a published author.

There were some other books that were either read to me, or I read at a very young age that probably affected me slightly such as the Dr Seuss books, but overall, I can not list any until I started getting older and was in school.

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Image courtesy of nuttakit at freedigitalphotos.net

Moby Dick

This book, in my opinion, should be mandatory reading for all human beings.

This book was written in 1851 by Herman Melville. It is about the Captain of a whale hunting boat who has revenge in his plans for the whale, Moby Dick. Moby had destroyed a previous ship of Captain Ahab and made him lose one of his legs.

I routed for Moby all throughout this book, and it was so important to me that in the grade school I was in, I actually fist fought another child who was on Captain Ahab's side.

It is amazing that a book could be so meaningful in children's lives that they would fight over who, and what they deemed right.

The Affect

It was through this book that I really started thinking about the existence of God and a Creator of the world and mankind.

The Outsiders

The Outsider Series

S.E. Hinton started writing about a group of teenagers that essentially lived in a "gang" atmosphere. Hinton used her initials because she was a girl and thought that if readers knew that, they would not buy her books. She was only 15 when she started writing the first book in the series, the Outsiders. It was made into a movie that became a hit.

The books portrayed two groups separated by social economics, The Greasers came from the poor side and the Socs came from the rich side.

Theses books were considered quite controversial. Many thought it was causing ills between economic classes in towns and cities across the United States.

All the books in the series were:

  1. The Outsiders
  2. Rumble Fish
  3. That Was Then, This Is Now.

Another book that was based upon one of the characters was titled Tex.

The Affects

These books affected me greatly. Looking back, I really must say it may have not been a good affect either.

I was in Junior High School at the time. It was the days of experimenting with marijuana and it was also during a highly racial period in the community I lived in. Government decided it wasn't right in having blacks and whites split between two schools and they put us all together.

I had issues with one young black teen and we fought. His eye was put out and the whole town was up in arms. There was a major split in opinion and young Froggy was in the middle. It was then that I left home at fifteen years old.

I was on my own and miles away from all my family.

The Outsiders and the other books were part of my decision process. I often wonder what would have been if I would not have read these books. But...

Ms Hinton, they were and are great books. I commend you. If I would have known you were a female, I probably would never had read them.

The Bible

It is known as the Word of God.

Many men wrote words that were inspired by God and it was all put together and has become the highest selling book of all time.

The Old Testament explains how God made man and laws were created for man to live by. Man disregarded these laws and fell into sin.

The New Testament is about Jesus Christ who came to Earth and was crucified to save mankind from that sin.

The Affect

At first, I wasn't super affected by this Book. As time has moved on and I have aged, the Word of God has greatly affected me.

Maggie and I read this Book daily and try our hardest to live by it.

The Bible is probably the hugest affect in my life. In order of importance, the Bible is number one. I hope it is also first in your life. If not, please make it so.

Crime and Punishment

This book written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

this book is about a Russian man who formulates a plan to murder, believing it is right and part of God's ultimate plan.

It is a book that could take weak minds and make them weaker. It is a book that can make strong minds stronger.

The Affect

I was imprisoned when I read this book. This piece of famous literature made me consider if God made man, or if man made God.

I looked deep and realized that God made me and I am here to serve Him.

No, it actually wasn't the Bible that took me to accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I would say that Crime and Punishment led me to that point.

I wonder if Dostoyevsky is spinning in his grave with the realization that his crazy and diabolical mind led someone to the Savior of mankind: Jesus Christ.

I'm OK, You're OK

This book was written by Thomas Harris M.D.

It shows there are four different positions of every human.

  1. I'm OK, You're OK
  2. I'm OK, You're not OK
  3. I'm not OK, You're OK
  4. I'm not OK, You're not OK

It is a simple, but complex system and plays on Freud's theories.

It is great reading. I recommend it.

The Affect

I was still in prison for selling marijuana when I had to take a chemical dependency program. I started studying Transactional Analysis and this book was the main one.

I started really looking inside the choices I had made in life. I realized I just didn't like myself. (number 3)

This helped me know that I can change, and I can like myself.

I know that many Christians believe we should only use the Bible for our self-help. I disagree, God has given us all talents and we can learn and grow from many other books and other places.

Kayro's Key

First, I do not want this to seem as spam. This is a book that from an idea of Javier Davila and Maggie and I wrote it. I will explain why I feel affected after giving a brief synopsis of this book.

Kayro is the last surviving coqui on the island of Puerto Rico and in the world. The world is dying from mankind's treatment of it. The prophecy from years before has Kayro on a mission to find a key to save the world, the animals, and mankind.

You can learn history of Puerto Rico, animals of this enchanted island and much more.

The Affect

Yes, I wrote the words, but in doing so, I felt as if someone else was using my fingers to type.

Our book has affected me drastically in realizing my love for Maggie and for the people and island of Puerto Rico.

Both writing and reading this book has affected my perceptions of love, life and the world. I believe it can affect you too.

The pictures and cover is all the artwork of Maggie's brother-in-law, Edgar. You can see the picture of Kayro below.

CLAI Group is myself, Maggie and Javier Davila
CLAI Group is myself, Maggie and Javier Davila | Source

Concluding

I just mentioned some of the books that had strong affects on my life; I am sure if I looked deep, I could think of many more.

What books have affected your life? Tell us in the comments.

I want to also mention that we, CLAI Group, desire to see Kayro's Key become an animated movie. Any of you who have suggestions, or would like to take on a project such as this, please speak up.

Thank you for visiting this hub. Have a wonderful day!

© 2014 Greg Boudonck

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

An interesting list, Greg! I wonder if there are writers who do not read books? Do you think that's possible?


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

That is certainly an interesting question billy. I don't really think it possible, but in today's world, you just never know.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Greg, this is a very impressive list of books you have shared with us. I so agree with you that "Reading is good for the spirit, soul, and mind." I admire your choices and you for applying the messages to your way of life -- good for you. The Little Engine That Could, my gosh that is a great children's book. I read it to my children so often when they were young and it really had a positive influence on them. I have not read the other books, but have heard they are really good. I would love to read Kayro's Key. I am impressed that you have published so many books.

The Bible has, since I can remember, always been on a nightstand or table, ever present and often read by me and then my children. So many book markers are in my Bible that it is quite colorful and full.

Thank you for sharing the list of books and your thoughts on them.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you Phyllis. I appreciate you reading and giving your input. God bless.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

You are most welcome, Greg. I have read the same message from several good writers that to be a good writer one should read, read, read. God bless and take care.


Maggie 2 years ago

Great hub!


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you honey. Glad you liked it.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Hi Greg- what a great list of books~I really like how you talk about how the book affected you. I feel I learned a lot about you from reading this list and the personal stories you share.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

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