"What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?"
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - at first I was intimidated by the formal language, but once I got over that hurdle the book broadened my horizons in terms of introducing me to the wonderful world of her novels. This was around the time in the mid-1990s when the BBC television miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle debuted as well as the Emma Thompson/Kate Winslet version of Sense & Sensibility and Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma. I've been hooked ever since.