This month’s topic is “Best books outside your genre that influenced you.” For me that book was The Firm. It was the first book that held my attention from start to finish. I can say that with certainty because it was the first book I had ever read in its entirety. I was 21 years old.
I didn’t hit my ‘reading peak’ until my twenties. In fact, I had no interest in it whatsoever. Every time I tried to read a book, I’d get bored and lose interest after a few chapters. Then I came across John Grisham’s The Firm. For the first time in my life I couldn’t put a book down. His writing style, mystery and character building sucked me and kept me intrigued until the very end. I couldn’t get enough. After reading my very first book, I was hooked and started reading regularly.
I often wonder, if I hadn’t read The Firm, would I have ever started reading? I most certainly wouldn’t have started writing. For me, John Grisham, opened a whole new world of reading and writing that I never new existed. He inspired me and changed my life.