My last series of blog posts talked about my favorite comics. Today, I want to talk about the three most influential books in my life. So let’s get right to it!

 

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

When I talk about books that have influenced me, the Lord of the Rings books would definitely have to be there. I was forced to read the books when I was in grade 7. At that time, I was based in the States and my school would require summer reading. We’d have to read three books during summer break and I had to read the whole trilogy. Normally kids aren’t supposed to enjoy summer reading; it’s something that schools make you do. But I enjoyed it.

And decades later, as Peter Jackson’s first Lord of the Rings film trilogy was released, more people got to see how amazing this world Tolkien created really was. The amount of detail he put into his fantasy world is truly awesome and I don’t know of anyone who has done anything close to what Tolkien has done with Lord of the Rings.

 

2. The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

 

 

This may seem funny, but I would have to put The Hardy Boys series on the list. Prior to reading comic books, I was really into The Hardy Boys. In fact, those books are probably the biggest contributing factor to my becoming a collector. When you read comics, you’re basically a collector. And although Hardy Boys may not be a great work of literature, the fact that readers like me became so obsessive about collecting all the books prepared me for the world of comics. I read all 74 Hardy Boys (those were all the titles available at the time!) in the span of maybe 2 years. It was only after I read all 74 books that I got into comics–because I had nothing left to read after that!

 

3. Glenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius by Peter Ostwald

 

 

I chose this book because it’s linked to another passion of mine, which is classical music.

Glenn Gould was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. He made popular the Goldberg variations of Bach. He was so talented, he became a phenomenon in his early 20s. And then after that success he became a recluse and basically swore after one concert never to play in public again. But he would continue to record. And though Glenn Gould never played live anymore, he became a master of recording. He would do this for the next 25 years, until he died.

I was very influenced by the story of Gould’s life because I love classical music and Bach is my favorite composer of them all. And if you could single out one great performer of Bach’s music it would have to be Glenn Gould.

 

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