Books Influencing Your Life

Lately on Polish Facebook we have this annoying chain:

write down 10 books that influenced your life (no matter the genre or quality) and nominate 10 other people to do the same.

It’s annoying, and luckily nobody had me tagged in this chain, but after reading some “articles” online I decided to put down my list of books. Not 10, just 7 but who cares. Not me. Only the first one is the most important, other – in random order.

  1. Tomasz Wilmowski’s series written by Alfred Szklarski. The boy travelled across the world, interacted with various people (respect towards other cultures and lots of details!) and was quite a patriot.  If I could name only 1 book (series), it would be it. I believe it’s this series that made me interested in foreign cultures (especially Asia/Africa) and made me choose years later the Oriental Studies Faculty at university.
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert. The masterpiece (one of few) of science-fiction. For a long time it gave me hope not to ditch sf books entirely. Or games. I loved playing Dune. I watched Dune films. Generally, it was probably the first “brand” in my life that I followed in various media. And probably the only one so far. Just don’t force  me to read later books and I’ll stay a follower.  Final Fantasy lacks books, as far as I’m concerned.
  3. The Coldfire Trilogy by Celia S. Friedman. I started making my first RPG world inspired by the books world and plot. I started the RPG online sessions, but well…
  4. DOS 6  for Dummies. Or something like this. Not sure which number exactly. I snatched it from my mum, and put a good use to it. My first reason for hating MS “you took DOS from me!!!”.
  5. Master and Margarita by Michail Bulhakov.  I loved it, and I promised myself, that I’ll read it one day in the original version. Still I haven’t done it, but it’s one of my life-goals.
  6. The Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. Probably the first series I read in English. I started reading more in English later on. I had no choice at that time, if I wanted to read it. 😉
  7. Angel Sanctuary by Yuki Kaori. A Japanese comic about angels and demons. Not the first comic ever I read, not the best comic… Why it influenced my life? I made a HTML website (using Notepad) about the series. The only one series I cared enough to do something like this.

I could probably somehow put 10 titles, but I’m not exactly sure it’s worth it.

What are the books/comics that influenced your life? Share your list with us.



5 thoughts on “Books Influencing Your Life”

    1. I prefer to discuss on blog than fb, anyway. 🙂

      So, what’re your important books? The books that influenced your life?

  1. Yes, the chain is very annoying; nevertheless, it is always a good idea to point out some influential books. Influence on me have had, undoubtedly:

    1) The Idiot by Dostoyevsky;
    2) The Fall by Camus;
    3) Dune by Herbert;
    4) Master and Margaret by Bulgakov;
    5) Gombrowicz’s Diary;
    6) Mrożek’s Diary;
    7) Story of the Soul by T. Martin (St. Therese), etc.

    Thanks for the post, Kama! Greets from Racibórz!

  2. Kama, though I’d like to elaborate on your question, I’m just unable to do it….all I know is that one cannot remain the same person after reading Herbert, Bulgakov and the other authors.

    Well, I couldn’t, being exposed to the whole new fields (of psychology, philosophy etc.) and views presented in their masterpieces.

    Greetings to you!

    P.S. I’d like to add Lalka by Prus to my list.

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