What’s your favorite novel, and make a case for it. Like, not just that it made you giggle once but that it altered your outlook on something in your life; whether you still believe in the revelation today or not.
Mine: I want to say Vandover and The Brute, but my revelation there was not so much something about life but something about the construction of literature itself (as in, the act of authoring). Instead, I may have to go with a nonfiction book such as Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. It brutally deconstructs the way that humanity has, for centuries, invoked superstition and religion to fill the gaps of human knowledge. I still read it every so often when I want to see Carl Sagan call alien-abduction advocates “crazy”.
That may not be the best example, but it informed my rational outlook on life and so it did affect me. McTeague: I love, and love reading it, but did it affect me personally? I’m not sure.