Books have influenced lives in all sorts of ways. But we don’t often hear these personal stories.
Call Me Ishmael is an inspiring project that encourages readers to anonymously share their stories.
The stories can be inspiring, funny, weird, beautiful and awkward, but all are meaningful to listen to.
I encourage you to share your experience with a book that changed your life!
Mine was a book by the name of Tory Hole by Louise Hall Tharp. Tory Hole was a book I read for English class in forth grade. The book was a historical fiction, my first delve into that genre. This book was about the American Revolutionary War located in what is now Darien, Connecticut, which is where I was going to school at the time. Most of the events were based on true events that happened down the street from the school. We even went on some field trips to the locations in the book.
Tory Hole inspired my love of history. It made me see that history is not just a distant story but something living and apart of us, that no matter how far away in time or distance history may seem it affects al of us. It made me feel directly connected to our country’s founding and freedom, which led me to, on my own, become a patriot from a very young age and with great understanding. When I read it I was suffering from double vision at the time which led me to hate reading because of its difficulty. This book made history fun for me and I read it gladly.