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But recently I've noticed another thing that Shusterman books do to me. Each one has an everyday element in the book that I can't help but think about when I see that object in real life.
Everytime I see a fortune cookie, I think of Everlost.
Everytime I hear the phrase "Unwind" I think of his book UNWIND. Which by the way, I can't say that I'm going to "unwind" anymore, because the word makes me think of the word in terms of the Shusterman book. It's just too creepy for me to say anymore.
I think of THE EYES OF KID MIDAS, when I see sunglasses.
I think of FULL TILT when I see amusement park rides.
And although I've only just started DOWNSIDERS, I'm certain that I'll never look at another manhole cover the same again.
Shusterman's writing is so vivid and powerful that those common objects connect me back to his books. I'd love to be able to write like that! It's like I'm looking at the world through book goggles.
What about you? Are you wearing book goggles? What things in everyday life remind you of a book? Was it the writing, or an experience or memory from the time that you read the book?