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message 1: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Ok this may seem completely ridiculous but I believe that there are books that can change your life! Have any books changed your lives?


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

harry potter ... turned me into the bookie i am as i explained in the "what turned you onto books thingy" lol


message 3: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo ya after i rd harry potter i became obsessed. like everytime i saw a building nobody was paying attention to i would be like "aha! it's a wizards dwelling" and i waited for my acceptance letter from hogwarts for a long time :P


message 4: by Iscela, the Ravenous Reader (new)

Iscela (iscelapineda) | 40 comments Mod
Gorfo wrote: "ya after i rd harry potter i became obsessed. like everytime i saw a building nobody was paying attention to i would be like "aha! it's a wizards dwelling" and i waited for my acceptance letter fro..."

Wow I'm sorry but that is hilarious in a good way. I used to be like that. Harry Potter was also one of the books that got me started on my love for books.


message 5: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo The book that started my love for books (besides my compilation of fairy tales) was probably The Wizard of Oz


message 6: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 252 comments Oh that's easy Where The Wild Things Are or The Hobbit. I was a loner growing up and wished I could just visit these worlds with all these cool creatures and characters. A world where something that was happening was actually exciting. Of coarse I changed a bit and started gravitating towards horror monsters and such as well. To this day I can't get enough zombie books and movies and I am extremely creeped out by zombies...the clown one in Zombieland is definitely my worst nightmare.


message 7: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Now that I think about it I spent most of my earlier years immersed in other worlds...I haven't read much horror unless you countg Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was more of an action book if you really think about it.


message 8: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 252 comments Gorfo wrote: "Now that I think about it I spent most of my earlier years immersed in other worlds...I haven't read much horror unless you countg Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was more of an action book i..."

I haven't read that Pride And Prejudice and Zombies yet. Did you like it? Sounds kind of interesting. I am really looking forward to seeing The Crazies. Looks like some wicked fun :o)


message 9: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Ya I loved it though I have not read Pride and Prejudice so I don't know how the books compare...


message 10: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne (mommairish) Steven wrote: "Oh that's easy Where The Wild Things Are or The Hobbit. I was a loner growing up and wished I could just visit these worlds with all these cool creatures and characters. A world where something tha..."

I loved Zombieland! I am a bit of a video gamer too...have you played Left 4 Dead 1or 2? Great zombie games.



message 11: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne (mommairish) The Twilight series got into books head first. I only started reading them after my friend told the movie was based a series of books. So I started reading them shortly before Twilight came out and haven't stopped since :p


message 12: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 252 comments Yvonne wrote: "Steven wrote: "Oh that's easy Where The Wild Things Are or The Hobbit. I was a loner growing up and wished I could just visit these worlds with all these cool creatures and characters. A world wher..."

Yep, my daughter and I are playing Left 4 Dead now. I really want to play the second one. I saw they had zombie clowns in that also ...very scary. Have you found the knome in the games yet?


message 13: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo The Twilight books definitely made a HUGE impact on my life. I read them long before there was any talk about a movie and it was during a time when barely anybody had heard of them! I didn't even know that Edward was going to be a vampire! But seriously I cannot remember what my life was like before twilight. The Twilight books took over my life and I found myself having heated lunchtime discussions about the stupidity of Bella, etc. with my friends. It was insane!!! My love for the books have faded however with the sudden rise in popularity just because of the movies and certain muscled actors.


message 14: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 252 comments Gorfo wrote: "The Twilight books definitely made a HUGE impact on my life. I read them long before there was any talk about a movie and it was during a time when barely anybody had heard of them! I didn't even k..."

What do you think about The Vampire Diaries show? Do you like the Twilight stuff more or do you like them the same? I wasn't that into Vampire Diaries at first but it's growing on me.
I think my favorite part of the Twilight movie was when they were playing baseball. I think us kids all wished we could perform those stunts playing ball when we were younger...I know I did ... maybe my brother wouldn't have busted my nose with a baseball bat if I was as quick as a vampire huh :o)


message 15: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo I think the Vampire Diaries show is alright but I've only seen like one episode. It didn't seem captivating enough. The baseball scene is definitely one of the best in the twilight movie. I like that scene and the scene in "La Bella Italia". I've definitely tried those kind of stunts and failed miserably :P


message 16: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne (mommairish) Steven wrote: "....

Ooo, no. I think I will have to go back and look. My Xbox needs fixin' so I am still in the middle of the second one. Some new zombies in this one too.



message 17: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne (mommairish) Steven wrote: "Gorfo wrote: "The Twilight books definitely..."

Gorfo wrote: "I think the Vampire Diaries ..."

Yeah, having that kind of ability in high school playing softball would have been outstanding!



message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Steven wrote: "Gorfo wrote: "Now that I think about it I spent most of my earlier years immersed in other worlds...I haven't read much horror unless you countg Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was more of an..."

I haven't read that book, but I have heard that it is incredibly witty. I have only heard good things about it, but then again, I don't know many who have read it yet.


message 19: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 252 comments Had to tell you all, I saw a new zombie book on the shelves at my store the other day. It was called My Zombie Valentine. I can't remember the author names and there were two but after reading the back I thought you all might want to check it out.


message 20: by pookie (new)

pookie | 3 comments Yup. Totally. I have had a pretty hard life and so when I read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, I found that it was a book that I could really relate to and that fact made me feel tons better about my life.:)


message 21: by Tamara (new)

Tamara L Bennett (tamara1838) 'Blood Done Sign My Name' was incredibly powerful and made me think about my own prejudices honestly. Several people were also very inspiring to me. My lifetime LOVE for reading began w/ 3 books - 'The Littlest Angel','Buford the Little Bighorn', and Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'. Read them over and over and over as a child.


ƙămįƞāŕı« (hellokaty) All the books by Ellen Hopkins have changed my life. And this book called "North Of Beautiful"


message 23: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Never heard about it. What is it about?


message 24: by ♥ Rachel♥ (new)

♥ Rachel♥   (i_got_a_jar_of_dirt) | 11 comments The Truth about Forever sort of gave me hope at a time when I was very down. Macy's life is, first of all, worse than mine in a very realistic way (her father, who she was very close to, died), but she gets over it as she decides to be more adventurous. I think I'm even starting to follow in her footsteps...I'm definitely much more outgoing than I used to be.


message 25: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo I really want to read that! It's amazing the effects that books can have on you!


message 26: by ★Azhley★ (last edited Apr 17, 2010 06:24PM) (new)

★Azhley★ (azhlizzle) | 5 comments The non fiction book that changed my life was a child called it... it's sad but it makes you realize how bad the world is and when things are going bad for you it lets you know that some people have it 20 times worse....


message 27: by Iscela, the Ravenous Reader (last edited Apr 17, 2010 06:39PM) (new)

Iscela (iscelapineda) | 40 comments Mod
★Azhley★ it was sad but if you thought the first book was bad you'll need a Kleenex box for the other two.


message 28: by Iscela, the Ravenous Reader (last edited Apr 17, 2010 07:04PM) (new)

Iscela (iscelapineda) | 40 comments Mod
You should all read Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario.It's just heart wrenching.

It's about an Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.

When Enrique is five years old, his mother, Lourdes, too poor to feed her children, leaves Honduras to work in the United States.
Lourdes promises Enrique she will return quickly. But she struggles in America. Years pass. He begs for his mother to come back. Without her, he becomes lonely and troubled.

Enrique despairs of ever seeing her again. After eleven years apart, he decides he will go find her. Enrique sets off alone from Tegucigalpa, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. Without money, he will make the dangerous and illegal trek up the length of Mexico the only way he can–clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains.

Enrique travels through hostile, unknown worlds. Each step of the way through Mexico, he and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. Gangsters control the tops of the trains. Bandits rob and kill migrants up and down the tracks. Corrupt cops all along the route are out to fleece and deport them. To evade Mexican police and immigration authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call El Tren de la Muerte–The Train of Death.

Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope–and the kindness of strangers. It is an epic journey, one thousands of immigrant children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique’s Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.


message 29: by ♥ Rachel♥ (new)

♥ Rachel♥   (i_got_a_jar_of_dirt) | 11 comments Ooh, I want to read that :)


message 30: by Skylar (new)

Skylar | 1 comments I loved. Enrique's Journey. Will possibly make you cry.


message 31: by Iscela, the Ravenous Reader (new)

Iscela (iscelapineda) | 40 comments Mod
♥ Rachel♥ wrote: "Ooh, I want to read that :)"
I'm sure you'll really like it.


message 32: by ♥ Rachel♥ (new)

♥ Rachel♥   (i_got_a_jar_of_dirt) | 11 comments :) Yay


message 33: by Cici (new)

Cici Wow, I really relate to you guys, I love the discussions so far and I'm usaully agreeing with you all :)
Ok first I want to say I also loved Harry Potter and I was so embarrassed to love this childs book, I took the cover off whenever I went anywhere with it.
the baseball scene in Twilight the movie was my favorite part of the movie, too.
I just loved Glass Castle, too and I also felt I could relate to the book.
I'm going to have to read Enrique's Journey, it sounds really good.
Roots is another great book that I've read.


message 34: by [deleted user] (last edited Apr 25, 2010 01:49PM) (new)

Harry Potter made me cry lots. ^///^ both my parents have read them. it's was really funny cuz when ever a new one came out they would fake-fight over who got to read it first. XD


message 35: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Ah I cried soooooo much in Harry Potter, in the first four novels I never cried but in the 5th one I cried when nobody would listen to harry and in the 6th one I cried cause dumbledore kicked the bucket and in the 7th one I cried for Fred and Dobby.

I think I'll read the Gast Castle, i think more than one person has mentioned it in this group


message 36: by Cici (new)

Cici Gorfo wrote: "Ah I cried soooooo much in Harry Potter, in the first four novels I never cried but in the 5th one I cried when nobody would listen to harry and in the 6th one I cried cause dumbledore kicked the b..."

I promise it's great! and I definetly want to read Percy Jackson because EVERYONE talks about it!!!!


message 37: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo It's like the funniest thing ever! Even the chapter titles are funny!


message 38: by ★Azhley★ (new)

★Azhley★ (azhlizzle) | 5 comments Iscela wrote: "★Azhley★ it was sad but if you thought the first book was bad you'll need a Kleenex box for the other two."

i know they are but at least it turned out good for him.


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

Blade Silver: Color Me Scarred CHANGED MY LIFE! I was a cutter (I'm not afraid to admit it) when I was younger and I was in a very deep depression because of some lost friends when entering high school... this book helped me through a lot.. I might even owe my life to this book (and of course some songs by My Chemical Romance).


message 40: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Marcos (crystalmarcos) | 14 comments Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I still read this book. It inspired me to write my first childrens novel. BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale


message 41: by Cici (new)

Cici Crystal wrote: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I still read this book. It inspired me to write my first childrens novel. BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale"

that is a very cute name for a kids book!!!I'll have to check it out!


message 42: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Marcos (crystalmarcos) | 14 comments that is a very cute name ..."

Thank you very much. It actually just released and Signed copies are being offered from my website for a limited time. It is also available at other retailers. http://www.crystalmarcos.com


message 43: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Crystal wrote: "that is a very cute name ..."

Thank you very much. It actually just released and Signed copies are being offered from my website for a limited time. It is also available at other retailers. http..."


cool! could i buy it at borders/b&N?


message 44: by Crystal (last edited Jun 20, 2010 01:36PM) (new)

Crystal Marcos (crystalmarcos) | 14 comments Yes, BarnesandNoble.com has it and it is on sale. Borders will have it soon as well as other major retailer. CS estore an Amazon company has it right now. Here is a 10% off code YW36P4NJ https://www.createspace.com/3414236 Thank you for asking.


message 45: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Thank u for the 10% off code! I'll try to buy it the next time I'm there. Which will probably quite soon


message 46: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Marcos (crystalmarcos) | 14 comments I forgot to add the CS Estore link oops here it is https://www.createspace.com/3414236


message 47: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Pea (amandapanda808) | 2 comments TWilight Befor that i vever read and now i read 10 books at once


message 48: by Gorfo (new)

Gorfo Crystal! I read the synopsis and It sounded really awesome! I think I'm going to b&n today!

Cool! I kow a lot of people who never read until they read twilight. And it certainly changed my life


message 49: by Glennis (new)

Glennis King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin ArabianBlack Beauty and Black Beauty were books I read time and again as a kid...major contribution to how I handle my horse to this day. Way before "Natural Horsemanship" was given a name! The Trial of Billy Jack: Delores Taylor, Tom Laughlin (Actor), Billy Jack, The Born Losers, Billy Jack Goes to Washington, American International Pictures came along in my life at a time when I needed to understand some things...and saved me in a lot of ways. I've read, and reread the Harry Potter series...fascinated by JK Rowling's writing style...and of course...who killed Dumbledore! Lately, I've been trying to get through more of the books I'd like to read at least once! Food, Inc. rocked my world...now I'm working toward a different kind of eating...and we're healthier for it...go figure.


message 50: by Belle (new)

Belle (izzy_theberge) Gone by Michael Grant.

Books always say 'you see the world in a whole new way,' but it's just like, a love story or something. This book ACTUALLy makes you think about the world differently and think of teenagers and preteens as more mature than you give them credit for.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!


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