#LongandShortReviews #WednesdayBloggingChallenge 11.27.19

The day before Thanksgiving and as I get the bread and cookies ready for tomorrow’s feast, I’m pondering on today’s topic: BOOKS THAT INFLUENCED MY LIFE. I’m wondering if this can be a positive influence and/or a negative one.  Hmmmm….

I’m gonna go with the positive.

  1. THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD.  I know I’ve stated at least a million times in previous blog posts that this is one of my favorite books of all time. The reason it is is also the same reason it has influenced my life. Self Motivation, positive affirmations, and believing in yourself are major concepts in my daily life. This book is the best example of all three of those traits rolled into one message: that little engine believed in himself enough to take on a monumental task, armed with just determination and self-belief, and accomplished his goal. As a child that was a profound message that I could do anything I set my mind to. As an adult, the message broadened: I could accomplish anything I not only set my mind to, but if I truly believed in myself, nothing was impossible in life. To a shy, introverted, bookworm, that concept was and is huge.
  • Under the Banner of Heaven.I read this book in less than 2 days which, believe me, I never do for a non-fiction work. But the story and the way it is told was so compelling, I had to finish it. This extraordinary piece of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. At the core of the book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief. I was changed forever in my view of how religious fanaticism can influence people to do evil things in the name of God.
  • Pride and Prejudice. This is a no-brainer because from the very first time I read it I knew one day I wanted to write a romance novel. This book opened up an entire new world for me – romantic literature/fiction – and I’ve never looked back.
  • Naked In Death.The very first Eve Dallas/Roarke novel. This book -and the subsequent 49 – changed the way I wrote. In the past, I’d penned one standalone novel at a time. Reading this series taught me the benefits of writing series romance and how to keep readers invested in the characters from story to story.

Let’s see what some of the other authors in this blog challenge have to say about the books that have influenced them: L&SR

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, peeps.

Until next time ~ Peg



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9 responses to “#LongandShortReviews #WednesdayBloggingChallenge 11.27.19

  1. Neat choices and really diverse. Funny how we’re impacted by things that seem sometimes so innocuous!

    I’m here today: http://www.mariannearkins.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-books-that-influenced-my-life/

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  2. lydiaschoch

    Aww, The Little Engine That Could is such a cute response to this week’s prompt. It has a great message for readers of all ages, too!

    My post.

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  3. The Little Engine That Could. Love it. Great choices. 🙂 Aren’t we all sort of that engine? 🙂

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  4. Good choices. I loved The Little Engine That Could. Thanks for sharing!
    Here’s mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-books-that-influenced-my-life/

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  5. Thoughtful post, Peggy! I loved The Little Engine That Could when I was a child. Little Women was a book that made me want to write like Jo.

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  6. I’d forgotten about The Little Engine that Could! Such a sweet book and one I remember reading and having read to me many times as a child.

    Also, I just read Naked in Death for the first time last month. Loved it, too, and can’t wait to get into the rest of the series.

    My post

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  7. Michael Mock

    I love how varied your answers are! (And yes, I really need to read J.D. Robb. Those books show up on too many lists to ignore!)

    My post is here.

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  8. Great book choices. I enjoy them all. Thanks for sharing.

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