Books That Changed Taylor Usry’s Life: Member Profile

Taylor Usry

Taylor Usry from The Quiet Moments and The Quiet Moments, Page 2

Welcome back to our member profile feature on From Left to Write. Our club has almost 100 bloggers who love to read, write, and talk about books. On our book club days, you only get a glimpse into their blog so now you can get to know our members a little bit better.

In our book club members profiles, we’re going to do things a bit differently. We’ve asked our bloggers to share some books that have affected their lives in some way.

Today, meet Taylor Usry, From Left to Write’s Assistant Editor. Not only does she writes almost weekly for the site, she’s busy behind the scenes to help keep our book club running. Taylor is also a talented crafter and blogs at  The Quiet Moments and The Quiet Moments (Page 2.

Let’s find out what books have stood out to Taylor.

Q: What childhood or children’s book changed your life and how? 

The Babysitter's Club #1 by Ann M Martin

I read everything I could get my hands on when I was younger. I had an extensive collection of Nancy Drew books, read all the L.M Montgomery happiness I could get my hands on, and like every other pre-teen girl I did the required reading of the Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. I have also always love the Chronicles of Narnia.

My mom used to drop me off at the public library while she shopped (things were WAY safer in a small town 25 years ago!); it was there I discovered Jean Auel (not for kids, but I snuck over to the adult stacks).

Neither one of my parents are what I’d call “readers”, but they did always read to me. And they encouraged my voracious literary appetite. For that, I am am forever grateful!

Q: What fiction book has changed your life?

Wuthering Heights by Emily BronteWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Dracula by Bram Stoker. I read them for a College Lit class when I was a Junior in High School, and they gave me an instant love for the classics. Such depth of feeling, such rich stories and characters – I was hooked.

Q: What nonfiction book has changed your life?

1066: The Year of Conquest by David Howarth. I have always loved history, and I’m a total Anglophile. When my husband, a British History major in college, gave me a copy of 1066 to read, I read it cover to cover twice before getting off the couch. I was SO hooked. This book ignited a love of reading British History, and I’ve not looked back since. Our collection is impressive. (And really, I’ll read any well written history book I can get my hands on.)

Q: What other books affected your life?

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine HarrisThe Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. Who knew vampires and werewolves were so much fun?? I love these, because I don’t even have to think while I read them – they are just pure fluff and fun. I re-read them all in the wee hours of the morning after my 15 month old son was born last year, because the poor boy wouldn’t sleep without being held. They completely got me through a rough few weeks!

Q: What book would you most want your children to read?

You Are My I Love You by MaryAnn Cusimano (for both of my kids). I cry every.single.time I read this to my kids. It’s a wonderful reminder of what they mean to me, and what I mean to them. I think my favorite line is “I am your quiet place, You are my wild…”

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman (more for my daughter than my son, and we read it to her regularly). A wonderful sentiment about all of the things we want for our daughter as she grows up. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book! My favorite line is “Help her to help herself, help her to stand, help her to lose and to find. Teach her we’re only as big as our dreams, show her that fortune is blind…”

As you can see, Taylor’s interests in books span through many genres.

Taylor Usry (@taylorusry) is a 32 year old mother of two, married to the love of her life. She works part time from home as the Executive Administrator for an online forum, and is a freelance designer lucky enough to work with several major stamp and craft companies. With every second of her spare time Taylor enjoys creating art, reading good books, and cooking excellent food. She is an advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and education.

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  1. October 21, 2011