Sharing Life #1: The Book that Changed Me to Being a Reader

This feature used to be called “Oversharing w/ Cassie” but I have realized that really this is just about me sharing moments of my life with anyone that decides to read this. If you do read it, thank you! I appreciate you. I consider the previous Sharing Life to be a 0.

Everyone has that one book that helped change them as a reader. That one book that made them know that books could be more than just a story, it could teach you a fundamental lesson on life, it could be an escape route from life, or any other number of things. The book that let me know that books could be more was a surprising one for me. It was a book that I picked up during a phase of my life where I was very much into the world of vampires. A part of me found them sexy, which seems to be what some other people think as well since Twilight sold pretty darn well. I went to my local library and started checking out any book that had to do with them. There was a book called “Uncle Vampire” by Cynthia D. Grant that I came across.

That is the cover that was on the library copy of this book. It was the only picture of the cover that it had that I could fine because the book is one of those that has been re-released with several differing covers over time. I went into this book thinking it was going to be a funny vampire tale about an uncle in the family, but this book took many turns I did not expect. This book examines many things I was not expecting in that moment of my life. It was a heavy book, but a book that I needed to understand that books could be more than just “Mr” and “Mrs” books full of funny stories. That a book could show us the harshness of reality and pull us back from it as well. This book showed to me the full potential of the written word. It was not the best written book that I have ever read in my life, but that isn’t what I needed it to be. I needed it to show that a book could be about something bigger/deeper than the funny stuff I had been reading up to that point. I still love stories that are light-hearted from time to time, but I have found that my favorite ones are ones that address something larger. That deal with something deeper. This book was the first step into understanding that about my own personality.

I do not own a copy of this book, but I definitely should get a copy of it and reread it for review now that it is years upon years later (20+). I think it would be interesting to see the story from more of a story structure standpoint than a storyline standpoint that I saw it from during that moment of my life. If I am still talking about the book 20 years later, you know that it is a book that changed me as a reader. It is the book that made me a reader and not just a bystander to fiction. It is the book that taught me that a book can make you think it is about one thing and then teach you something about the world when you are shocked about what it is really about. This is a dark book and has many twists and turns. Without this book, I don’t think I would be in the field of social work or even be a reader today. Some books, even ones no one else has heard of, have a profound impact on our lives. Help define us as a person, which is exactly what this book did for me.

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