This was the first year that I actually sat down and watched the Oscars, and I was pretty happy that I did. Why? Well, I felt that Harrison Ford’s speech touching on how neurotic, paranoid, and despondent writers can be was both humorous and eerily accurate – which made watching the awards show totally worth it.
I think this applies not only to writers, but probably to a lot of artists as well. We spend countless hours perfecting our work but still never attain the true balance we desire. Let’s admit it, there’s always room for improvement.
So what saves us when we’re too low to go on? You guessed it, good books. The power of literature to inspire people never ceases to amaze me and it’s nice to know that even published and successful authors struggle with self-doubt and need a little ‘saving’ every once in a while.
Buzzfeed asked 37 writers to share the books that saved their lives and the outcome is fantastic. I recognized a few of my favorites amongst the novels listed and felt a happy connection. It’s always wonderful to know that other people love the same literature you do.
Oh, and if you asked me which book saved my life? I’d say it’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. What about you?