Spotlight Sunday: What Book Has Made the Biggest Impact on You?

Spotlight Sunday on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

By now you know that when the four of us are together, in person or via the magic of the internet, the conversations almost always come back to books. We love them. We love the people who write them, the people who publish them, and the people who read them. In fact, we have so many feelings about books that we wanted to find a way to share our conversations with you!

Welcome to a new week of Spotlight Sunday, hosted by Fiction Fare (Erin & Jaime) and Swoony Boys Podcast (Kassiah & Meg), where we dish about ALL things bookish. Each week we’ll post a topic, we’ll start the conversation by telling you some of our thoughts, and then it will be your turn to sound off in the comment section.

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What is the one book that has made the biggest impact on you?

Kassiah: Wow, this is such a tough topic! I think there are lots of books that have made a huge impact on me at different times in my life. The book that I would say most recently made a big impact in my life would be The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. I used to be an avid reader but had only been reading fic for the past couple of years. When a couple of my friends read The DUFF and went on and on about it, I decided to take a break from the fic world and get to know Wesley Rush. Now I’m a bookish h00r once again.

Erin: This is definitely a tough topic because there are a number of books that have an impact for different reasons. If I have to call one book out it would have to be The Hunger Games…mostly because that is the series that got me back to really reading.

Jaime: Holy Crap… big serious question. This might be lame, but I have to say Twilight. I wasn’t much of a reader, always using the excuse that I was too busy with other things. Then I picked that book up. And I’m not saying it’s the most amazing book on the planet, just that it impacted me so wonderfully, because after I read the series I went searching for more books and more authors and other people who I connected with on an amazing level. Granted I mostly read fanfiction for about two years but it eventually led to me starting Fic Fare and then ultimately getting into reviewing books seriously. So… thank you Twilight.

Meg: Can I divide my answer into three? I feel like there are different parts of my life that were affected by different books. When I was younger the book that made me fall in love with all things books was Anne of Green Gables. I was obsessed. It gave me my first book boy crush, and my first book best friend.The second books has me agreeing with Jaime to say Twilight. It gave me a renewed love for books that I had lost in college when I only had a time to read required texts and elementary titles for my major. It also gave me all three of you guys, which is the best thing ever. My third, and last, book is Divergent. It brought on the DivLex, introduced me to a new fandom, and has given me endless opportunities to do some of the coolest things EVER. With that all said, there are countless others that have touched my heart in one way or another, but those three have to top the list.

Kassiah: I don’t think it’s lame at all to say Twilight, Jaime. I definitely think that book probably had the biggest impact on me–it brought me to all of you and so many other people in the fandom. It made me teach myself how to do websitey stuffs. And it allowed me to stop nagging my husband to talk to me LOL

Now that you’ve read some of our thoughts, let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below! We’ll be back next week with a brand new topic and lots more to talk about.

Past Spotlight Sunday Topics


  1. Okay, I can’t do it ladies! I can’t. Not one book! So I beg of you forgiveness. Cause I love you ladies! A lot. A lot. A lot.
    Gayle Forman’s IF I STAY/WHERE SHE WENT. Trish Doller’s books inc. WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Mallay, all Katie McGarry’s novels, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s, including her latest, WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE . . . and my list could continue on and on and on.
    Miss you. xoox

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