Hey guys! What have you been reading lately? Or rather…re-reading.
For me, it’s The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan. Ugh. I cannot even start how much this book has influenced my life: from my book choices, to my writing, and even to those short minutes in everyday life deciding on what I should do next.
I wasn’t really into fantasy, much more epic fantasy, to begin with. I am more of a self-help kinda girl. You know, living soulfully and stuff like that. It’s funny, now that I think about it, since my book choices before were all basically on how to search for the magic in real life.
Until my husband (then boyfriend) loaned his copy to me. Constantly nagging at me: “You’re a book lover? Then you have to read this!”. Eventually, I gave in. I was even a little defensive at first, reading the first chapter, telling myself, you’ll never like this..it’ll be straight on complicated fantasy later on and you’ll stop reading – This coming from a Harry Potter fan. I know, I was just being wool-headed, ridiculous, and stubborn.
But I didn’t stop reading. In fact, I have since re-read this book thrice along with the next two books in the series. It’s not that easy to find The Wheel of Time books in the Philippines, you see. So for the first three years of reading, I only had the first three books to read and reread. Currently, I am able to secure books 4-7 through various ways: a person selling books randomly on the street, eBay, BookDepository. I am still on the hunt for the others.
Not long after, I have started writing my own dystopian novel, Sinag. I did not really understand what my creative writing professor back in college meant when he said that a good book was carefully planned…until I read The Eye Of The World. For sure, other books can give you that “Oh, so that’s what’s meant to happen, I see it now” moment. But Jordan has a way to blow your mind away and make you say, “whoa, I did NOT see that coming, but now that I’ve thought about it, everything they did and every single decision they made had indeed led them to this (insert one of the many mind-blowing milestones of the series here). So now, that’s what I’m trying to do with my own novel.
And in fact, with my life. No kidding. I constantly find myself backtracking my decisions and all the little things I did in the past whenever a milestone happens!
Let me just take this opportunity to say, Robert, wherever you are, thank you. You don’t know how much your books have changed my life. My story is only one of the many stories of people whose lives had changed because of The Wheel Of Time. I hope you are happy where you are now, with your pipe and your Two Rivers tabac.
I mentioned above that my book choices were basically all about finding the magic in real life. Well, that is exactly what this book is all about – of the magic finding the lives of completely ordinary people, and completely changing them forever.
By the way, I am also at Goodreads and a (semi)active member of the book group, The Perks Of Being A Book Addict. Check out my profile to see my complete book lists.
Finally, be sure to come back this Friday for another #FreebieFriday! This week, I have TWO freebies: a bookmark and a quote, both in line with the book. See you then!
Here’s a quick sneak peek:
By the way, the art I used is by Darrell K. Sweet. No copyright infringement intended.