There are three.
Well...there are a list of books. Considering the ones I've read, there are a lot of books that were just great entertainment. Then there were the top 5.
But the "one" was a book and author that I'm not going to name.
Because I don't have a lot of good things to say about the book that changed my life, forever...
I do not wish to trash the author or their works, but reading that one book was the largest, profound impact on my life concerning what I wanted to do in the future.
That particular book, I'll call it "The One", had a very interesting catch. The snippet that I read was really good. So I thought oh this looks really interesting... so I bought the entire book. Now, this was at a time where I was messing around with writing wondering if I could really write. I was reading a lot and I picked up this book with a good passage and I thought this looks really good...
Well, I read the book.... and I get to the passage that's really, really good, but the passage given as a sample was the only part of the book that was worth a damn. I literally read the best part of book which was the excerpt given. The rest of the book was God-awful, and I thought to myself I could do better.
Curious about the author and her story I found thousands of five star reviews. This person, with the God-awful book, is huge. This person is everywhere. They have this ginormous marketing budget. There were so many reviews that repeated how they love this author and...Oh I love her stories...she's so good...this is a must read!
And I'm just like really?
I spent hours looking at the amazon review pages and I had to agree with the one star reviewers. The one star people said there's one good part and the rest of the book really sucks.
I'm not a writing champion, and I'm not saying those reviews or reviewers were wrong at all! No, no! Books are subjective. And this author showed me that. I have no words on how IMPORTANT that moment of knowing that one person likes a book and another person doesn't. I was like...
Yeah, you might have known different strokes for different folks, but I was taught if the whole word doesn't love your book...no one does. I always thought I was a strange cat because I liked books that were not popular at all. Thank goodness I had this moment of profound elation or I would have never thought myself good enough to write. So this is actually a backwards compliment to that author because the book did change my life. Maybe not in the way the author would have intended but none-the-less...
This is just to show there are all types of readers. I realized that if I wrote a book, there would be readers out there that would love the book. And I was right. On the flip side there there plenty of readers that see my stuff and go meh... not my favorite. And that's OK. I'm really OK with that. But this one particular author gave me the strength to start writing. If she can do it, than I can too.
This is what started me on the path to writing and ultimately publishing. So even if the book had zero plot, slow moments and only one good part, I owe her. Hopefully, one day, someone will look at my stuff and realize...meh...I can do better. ♥ What goes around comes around, right?
~ Till next time!
Stay true to your dream!