I read hundreds of books a year. Literally. I've read thousands of books in my lifetime. The problem with reading so many books is that only a few of them end up being deeply memorable anymore. They seldom have more than a slight influence on me, certainly not in the way books did as I was growing up and *I* was the blank page being filled with words and ideas.
This isn't to say I'm jaded and don't appreciate what each book has to offer; it's just that nothing really surprises me anymore.
But when I read TW, it was like that early experience all over again. I had fresh eyes once more. I was touched through and through, renewed in unforeseen ways, transformed, even.
The TS and its manifold impact have changed fundamental aspects of my life that continue to develop in new ways even now. It has set events in motion from which I reap benefits every. single. day. It didn't only give me new eyes, it gave me a new ME.