Someone recently asked me if I have a favorite book. It's an impossible question to answer. Oftentimes, it's not completely about the book itself, it's more about the reader. The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes is a book that hit me at the perfect moment in my life. As a teenager, I discovered art history, more specifically art of the 20th century. In this survey of modern art, Hughes presents a fascinating scope and sequence of images, reflecting not just the history of art, but also the history of 20th century in general. It was this book which informed the images I later painted and inspired me to earn a degree in art history.
If you have a book which transformed your life, I'd love to hear about it.