Book Blogger Hop: May 4th | Can Books Better You?

Do you ever feel like you have emerged better for reading a book?

‘Book Blogger Hop’ is hosted by CoffeeAddictedWriter.

Okay, before I dive right into this question, I want to make a quick note: I am somewhat a bit high due to being put on new medication. Whilst I can still coherently type, the answer to this question may not be as lengthy or in-depth as my usual responses during the previous few weeks of partaking in ‘Book Blogger Hop’. Also, it’s strange to think that, this time last week, I was still in the hospital and, whilst things are looking alright at the moment and I haven’t needed to be admitted again, I’d just like to thank everybody who took the time and consideration to wish me well. I really do appreciate it and I haven’t yet had time to respond to everybody, but I love you all. Also, May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars day – which I completely forgot was actually today until I got an email about it. Oh well.

Let’s get on with this week’s answer, shall we?

I’m really not too sure how to answer this question because it can be taken in a variety of different ways. I think generally being an active reader, no matter what you read, allows you to expand your own knowledge and, in turn, it’s something that also allows you to better yourself in one aspect or another. Reading allows us to gain new perspectives and new insight that can completely alter our way of thinking so, on a general basis, I think reading, in general, has bettered me as a person. Not only are we able to gain a different viewpoint of certain subjects and topics, but it also allows us to understand the experiences that others may have had and that can definitely better us as individuals as well. Though, of course, it depends on what you’re reading and how much attention you’re actually paying to it. Not all books better us to the same extent, but I really do believe that reading betters everybody. 
However, on a personal and individual basis, I can’t actually think of one specific book that has bettered me all that much. Like I said, different books can better you to different extents, and I suppose it also depends on the outlook that you have when reading the book as well. When I was much younger, I read ‘The Diary Of Anne Frank’ which was an incredibly harrowing book to read at such a young age, but I believe it allowed me to expand and gain more knowledge about The Holocaust and the effects that it had on so many people. I don’t think the book ‘bettered’ me, but I do think it opened my eyes and allowed me to consider the struggles that others have faced more directly. That’s a pretty deep answer but, for good reason, that’s one of the books that comes to mind when I consider which reads have opened my mind and perhaps ‘bettered’ me more than others. 
I’m sure there are also many more books that I have read that have changed my outlook on certain issues and have transformed my ways of thinking/my life at some point, but it’s hard to narrow down exactly which books those were. I think, a lot of the time, autobiographies have quite a strong impact on me, depending on what they’re focused on, so I’m sure there are quite a few of those that have indeed bettered me but I can’t recall right at this moment. 
All in all, though, I’m constantly looking to better myself through reading, and I’m always looking for books to read that are going to really push me to consider other perspectives and will work to open my eyes further. That being said, if you have any books that have worked to ‘better’ you as a person or you have any recommendations for me to check out, please do let me know! I’d love to explore some more books that people believe have had a big influence on them.
How about you? Do you believe you’ve ever read a book that’s worked to ‘better’ you as a person, or are you somewhat at a loss for an answer to this week’s question? Let me know your own answers and you might jog my memory. Replied to the question in your own post? Leave a link so that I can check it out!

Thank you for reading my answer to this week’s Book Blogger Hop and I’ll write you later.

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21 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop: May 4th | Can Books Better You?”

  • Oh goodness on the hospital and meds! I hope you’re feeling better and still out of the hospital! Lots of good healing thoughts (and stay healthy thoughts, too)

    • Thank you so much! I’m okay and in my own home at the moment, so hopefully things will stay settled for quite some while. Not looking to go through the hospital experience again. Thank you so much for the kind words and thoughts! 😊

  • You chose a book that must have changed so many people. I’d have to agree that it’s a story that will never leave me. Another, not autobiographical, but set in the same time with two heart-wrenching characters, is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I’ll never be the same after reading that one, and perhaps I am “better” in some why for having read it. I just joined the hop and answered the question. Great to read your answer. http://www.cleemckenziebooks.com

    • Thank you! I have also heard that ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ is incredibly powerful, though I have yet to read it for myself. Welcome to the Hop! I’ll check out your own answer when I get the chance 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thank you!! Haha yes I was trying to make as much sense as possible, so I’m glad it’s still somewhat coherent. Thanks for checking out my answer! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Wow!! Thank you so, so much – I often don’t think I’m a good enough blogger in all, so hearing that is definitely a big push of motivation and confidence. Thank you so much again, and thank you for checking out my own answer 😊

  • Your answers are always so in depth. Great answers! Books really do different things for everyone. Sometimes one book will do something for one person but not another!

    • Thank you! I’m always afraid that they’re too long and just turn into rambles, whoops. Books are really capable of amazing things, and I do think it’s also important for us to remember that some books will have a bigger impact on others and, in turn, we shouldn’t undermine the power one book may have on one person. It’s actually pretty interesting to see the different takes and points people take away from the same book depending on their own perspectives and experiences. Thank you for checking out my answer and letting me know what you thought! 🙂

      • Exactly, everyone has different opinions on books. Why some hate a book and others love it. Some learn a lesson and some don’t. You are welcome 🙂

  • Charlotte, hope you get better soon and thank you for visiting my blog.

    I really appreciate your in depth answer. I recall also reading The Diary of Anne Frank, that is an amazing and powerful read. Like yourself, I read it quite young so I don’t think I really grasp the seriousness of the subject, and that it happens in REAL LIFE! I will definitely be re-reading this as an adult, so thanks for reminding me about this amazing book.

    Will be following you on Instagram and your blog, I currently have a copy of Renegades. I have read a few chapters but its not my main read, as of yet. How are you finding it?

    • Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to be able to read your own answer to the question.

      I’ve definitely also been wanting to reread the book for quite some time, so I’m somewhat reminding myself to get on with it, haha. It’s definitely one to revisit now that I’m older and I have more knowledge regarding the subject.

      Thank you!! I have actually finished Renegades now – and I have a review coming soon to be posted on the blog – but I definitely thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a very fun read and I liked the characters 🙂 How are you finding it? Please feel free to let me know and check out my review (when I finally get around to posting it) if you’d like!

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