Classic Remarks: A Classic that Change my Life

This week Krysta and Briana at Pages Unbound are hosting the discussion: What is a classic that changed your life?

I’m going to approach this question from maybe a bit different of a perspective than was intended. This is a story I’ve shared on my blog before, but it’s been a while. This is a book that changed my life not because of the contents, but because of things in real life, if that makes sense.

2007. I was a freshman in college doing a week of marching band before the semester started. I was basically ONLY reading classic novels (and Eragon…), and I was in a situation where I had to make new friends for the first time in four years. Suffice to say I didn’t really know how. While the rest of my section went out to eat, I stayed behind in the music building and read Love in the Time of Cholera by myself. In my defense, I was jobless and paying for gas to commute so I had zero cash for tacos.

On the other side of the music building, my now-husband tells the story that he, too, was lonely. In his case he wasn’t looking for friends, but for love. He tells the story that he was praying, asking God to send him someone. (Because that’s totally how God works.) He says he was specifically hoping to find someone “smart”.

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5 Books That Changed my Life

I saw this as a discussion post on reddit, and it really piqued my interest. I thought it would make an interesting blog post, although I’d much rather hear about books that changed YOUR lives, to be honest. So I’ll make y’all a deal. I’ll give you 5 books that changed my life if you’ll tell me about one of yours in the comments. Sound good? Great.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

51HSkTKlauL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve been an avid reader literally my entire life. I can’t remember a time when my nose wasn’t lodged in a book at every possible moment. I started reading Goosebumps when I was five years old. Books have always been a huge part of who I am. But when my fifth grade teacher started reading us the first book in the Harry Potter series, a whole new world opened up for me. It was the first book I’d read that was over 150 pages. Honestly, it was probably the first book I’d read at my reading level in YEARS. Prior to Harry I’d basically been reading the same couple of books over and over and over again because I didn’t know how to find new books I would love. Harry Potter launched me into higher reading level books and a whole new set of options that I loved to explore.

Aside from that, it launched a love affair with Harry Potter. Before fandoms were a thing the Harry Potter fandom was forming, and I was in it. To this day it remains one of my all-time favorite series, and I never hesitate to share it or talk about it with random strangers. I can’t wait to read this book with my boys, especially my beautiful illustrated editions. ❤ Continue reading “5 Books That Changed my Life”

The Candy Book Tag


Because it wouldn’t be October without copious amounts of CANDY!!!!

Actually, I usually don’t each much Halloween candy. But my primary pregnancy craving this year has been for sweets, and I’ve probably eaten more candy in the last 5 months than the last five years. Right now it’s Nerds. I. LOVE. NERDS.

Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me! I might have to steal her idea and eat some candy while I do this one, because I’m literally drooling a little…


Ah, healthy food. It’s deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards, but, um, isn’t really your thing.

41ebi9z2DjL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Honestly, don’t hate me, I dnf-ed Anna Karenina. I just didn’t get it, and I had zero interest in 19th century Russian farming techniques. I didn’t even GET to the great love affair as I quit about 25 pages in. Snooze-city for me. Continue reading “The Candy Book Tag”