In 2010, I read over 50 books. I think that’s a little low for me, but 2010 I had a lot of required reading for my college classes that I didn’t count, and they just sucked away my reading time. Not that I’m complaining . . . but it does add up.
And as I’ve been thinking about it, out of those books only a few still stick out to me. I can remember each of them, but only a few jump out at me screaming AMAZING! BUY ME NOW!
Some of these titles include The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Dragonfly by Julia Golding, Feed by M.T. Anderson, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, The Hunger Games triology (which I finally caved and read), The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Matched by Ally Condie, as well as others. If you HAVE NOT read any of those books I listed, you better get yourself to the bookstore or library right now to clear up this error.
These books stuck with me because some part of them resonated with me. Some part is still with me, and changed me in some small way.
And being a writer, I had to ask myself: why are those books so powerful?
Each book has a different individual and specific reason, but I think it comes down to the power of reading that  those books go deeper than your typical story, and the character struggles in such a way that the reader can identify with them and  Each of those books carries a certain truth in it that resonates with the reader. Whether it’s a character trait that the reader also portrays or an idea or viewpoint that gives a new and deeper insight, something is there.
Now the second question is: how can I as a writer do that same thing?
That’s something to think about, isn’t it.
So what book has changed you? And do you have any hints of how to create a book just like that?