I Want to Know What Books Changed Your Life

Share those books you read that made you see the world in a whole new way - really made you think... 862 People

    I don't think books can change lives.

    but if we really want to change our lives they can help in showing the right path..
    bak4u bak4u
    26-30, M
    1 Response Sep 1, 2015

    Oftentimes I find myself thinking about a book,

    reliving the torment and terror faced by the characters and I become sad. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, both written by Khaled Hosseini, have opened my eyes and heart to the struggles of people who have no options left, of people who are victims of ugly...
    Dewms Dewms
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 1

    I'm gonna write about 2 books

    that have made an impact on me! Do Not Harm Life,Death and Brain Surgery By Henry Marsh and Dynamo Nothing is Impossible! Lets start with Do Not Harm Life,Death and Brain Surgery By Henry Marsh it is a true story! I picked up this book as I nearly wanted to be a neurological...
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2015

    The book thief. Being a depressed

    and suicidal kid, I always had to fear death. It's the only way I ever survived my childhood without throwing myself off something. But after reading the book thief, I started to see death as an old acquaintance. Someone to play board games with and tell jokes to. I relaxed...
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    Aug 31, 2015

    A life changer most definitely is the Torah.

    The inspired five books written by Moses. I love to read from the psalms too. I have been reading many of the books by Yehuda Berg, a New York rabbi and Kabbalist, and there is much to inspire me in my every minute life. I would love to hear of inspiring books you have read.
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt
    22-25, F
    6 Responses May 17, 2015

    A child called it, The lost boy

    and a Man named Dave. Three books about child abuse. I read them when I was in 8th grade and I've never been the same.
    NerdyBookQueen NerdyBookQueen
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 28

    Summer 2004

      A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles  I read it and re-read it during the first summer I lived without my husband. (He had recently passed away.) Now, 5 years later... this book is not far from my side. She takes huge concepts such...
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    3 Responses Apr 29, 2009
    veruyanako veruyanako
    22-25, F
    Aug 31, 2015

    "How to make friends

    and influence people". No doubt a masterpiece of literature. A book I'd recommend to everyone.
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    1 Response Dec 28, 2015

    Ben Carson

    there are so many books that changed my life but am going to just mention one. one of ben carson's book..(the story about his life) one great thing i leant was the reading habit. thats why i alway try to make reading my best habit, it has help me pass through so many things in...
    jazzsoalex jazzsoalex
    16-17, M
    1 Response Jan 8, 2012

    Because he died over the weekend I would put

    Oliver Sack's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and A Leg to Stand On here because he changed forever how to perceive one's world and how we do and don't FIT in it.
    ksbobmst ksbobmst
    26-30, M
    Aug 31, 2015

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley changed my life.

    I had to read it in my Romanticism class when I was a sophomore in college and going through a time of great personal change. I never felt so much empathy, compassion and understanding towards any other characters in all my book reading than Dr. Frankenstein and the "monster...
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    Dec 26, 2015

    Books are one of the most amazing means of

    escape we can have, I love reading but I go through phases of reading solidly for days throughout my free time or I read sporadically like once a week. Books have helped me through a lot in life and some of the most powerful books I've read are: "The Book Thief" by Markus...
    RaiseYourWhat RaiseYourWhat
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2015

    Love and Respect by Dr.

    Emerson Eggerichs. Cracking the communication code between husband and wife. You don't need to be married for this to greatly benefit your relationship
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    2 Responses Jan 25

    1. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by

    Kristin Cronn-Mills. This book was, was, was, the reason I had the courage to come out to my Mom as Transgender. Parts of it still make me choke up and I never do that. Plus, this book is over eight hours long and I listened to it through the night without stopping. 2...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming
    18-21, T
    1 Response Jan 31

    the entire Percy Jackson series.

    i think i absorbed Nico into my personality. and yet i don't care.
    DemonsFreak DemonsFreak
    13-15, M
    Aug 29, 2015

    Ruby Fruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown.

    I learned of it via a former girlfriend. This book helped me feel even more comfortable with being a lesbian and my sexuality.
    Debro85 Debro85
    31-35, F
    Sep 1, 2015

    Here Are My Three Favorites

    Ahh, all books offer something but my favorite all time book is Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein! This book was such a remarkable book that spoke to me because a man who was not a man made a huge impact on every person that he touched. It gave me such a beautiful look into...
    Jordangirly Jordangirly
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jan 7, 2012

    if you ever want a book to help inspire you

    or move forward in your life WHO MOVED MY CHEESE is a fantastic book. i feel as if i face problems differently now because of it. it made my life acceptable and taught me how to be a better being. i love it and if you ever get the chance i hope you will give it a read.
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    2 Responses Apr 16, 2015

    'These is my words' by Nancy E Turner!

    The most amazing book I've ever read!.and I've re-read it about 5 times over! Every time I sob, even though I know what's coming! There's two sequels too which are also great reads!
    Shrimpyprincess Shrimpyprincess
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Aug 31, 2015

    💚 The secret, although I still struggle w

    the issues life's been throwing at me...
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2015

    (In no particular order:) 1.

    The Twilight Saga spurred me into studying romantic psychology, deciding what kind or relationships I was willing to peruse, helped me discover my feminine side and makes me feel alive during dark times. Breaking Dawn inspired me to educate myself on the issue of abortion, which...
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    Sep 10, 2015

    The perks of being a wallflower.

    And The Bell Jar. And Paper Towns. And poems of Walt Whitman. This is all true love.
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    1 Response Jul 24, 2015

    Believe it or not, the first book

    that changed my life was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. That was the very first book I ever read and liked without being forced to read by a teacher because I hated reading before I read Harry Potter. After that, I began to love reading. I was 12 when I began reading HP...
    odessa94 odessa94
    18-21, T
    1 Response Jun 3, 2015

    I grew up in a small town with the good fortune

    of a mid-sized library. From a young age I'd walk there each week, borrowing 2-4 books from the children's section in the basement, the thrill of using my library card to establish trust with each masterpiece coursing through me. The basement section had a row of VHS choices...
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    3 Responses Feb 20

    "A Child Called It", "The Lost Boy"

    and "A Man Named Dave", by Dave Pelzer. I read these when I was in high school and I've never forgotten them. Before I read those books, I always thought that people's pasts determined their future. For example, if somebody had an abusive parent, then they themselves would grow...
    iSpyce iSpyce
    1 Response Aug 31, 2015
    OrSuze OrSuze
    41-45, F
    Dec 28, 2015

    Funnily enough The South beach diet book

    changed the way I looked at food forever. Weird but it did.
    Issima Issima
    31-35, F
    Aug 31, 2015

    Razor's Edge by William somerset Maugham.

    I first read it 20 years ago and still the best book I ever read. Taught me not to live for things of this world. You have to live for love. No matter how much you money love what you do. 2 movies have been made of it and I have seen them both several times but I really...
    Brianst Brianst
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Apr 1, 2014

    The 48 Laws of Power!

    People, you absolutely have to read this book!
    Apexmale Apexmale
    41-45, M
    Dec 31, 2015

    I believe every single book changes your life.

    Maybe not like noticeably or anything but like it could change your view on certain things in life or make you believe in something you may not have. A book could make you understand different things or even learn new things. It could develop skills you have or help you. Books...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 21, 2015
    shouldntbutgonna shouldntbutgonna
    18-21, M
    Dec 27, 2015

    All Quiet On The Western Front .

    .. It was required reading when I was in high school, but I have read it several times since then. I can't say why, but this book is important to me.
    TheGoddessB TheGoddessB
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 24, 2015

    My big one is the Discworld series.

    Terry Pratchett challenged my way of thinking and values. I learned a lot from his work.
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    1 Response Jan 26

    Books are so very important,

    and have always been a love of mine since early childhood. All-time favorites of mine that changed my life are: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Giving Tree, Chrysanthemum, War & Peace, Gone With the Wind, The Once and Future King, The Help, James and the Giant...
    NeverDespair NeverDespair
    22-25, F
    Aug 31, 2015

    I, Claudius and Claudius the God.

    Emperor Claudius is a role model for me, because despite his handicaps and deformities, he was one of the best Caesars. He was clever, good natured and hard working. I want to be like him in spirit.
    FatalOrca FatalOrca
    22-25, F
    Dec 27, 2015

    The Power Of One By Bryce Courtenay

    This book has made a big difference in my life, it has given me strength, empowerment, and inspiration. I believe that anyone that reads this book can find something to help them in their struggles as it has in my life. I just wanted to share quotes that I found thought provoking...
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    Jan 13, 2013

    Reading Fahrenheight 451 in 8th grade changed

    my entire perspective on society, education, censorship, politics. It had such a profound impact on me, and was such an interesting story I still remember it well.
    Siobhan420 Siobhan420
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jun 13, 2015

    In no specific order: - James H.

    Breasted, "The Dawn of Conscience" - Arnold Toynbee, "A Study of History" (the abridged, single volume edition) - Jack Miles, "God, A Biography" - John Dominic Crossan, "The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant" - The Complete Works of Kahlil Gibran...
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    1 Response Dec 31, 2014

    "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.

    I Read it a year ago just after turning 60. We were on a vacation with a couple who are Dee's friends. I was in a funk because so much of the book reflected who I am and who I wasn't and what I wanted and didn't want in my life. After reading it the couple said some things to me...
    JoanieNewHampshire JoanieNewHampshire
    61-65, T
    3 Responses Jan 9
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Aug 31, 2015
    ligatureself60 ligatureself60
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2015

    I say an old one. called The Alchemist.

    Cause it taught me that the world can't be straight forward, it acts it details subtly but visible, but ignored by us.
    dyingwish dyingwish
    22-25, M
    1 Response Feb 22, 2015

    Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price.

    I didn't know how significant and relatable it was in my life until a few months after I read it. I really want it back
    lycancrux lycancrux
    16-17, F
    Aug 31, 2015

    I was struggling big time having been seperated

    from my now ex wife. She was in a relationship &it down spiraled me into a very dark place. Alone,scared,confused I wanted out. Sometimes 1 needs to get as low as u can go. I dug deep. I read a book by Don Miguel Ruiz during this time. Called "Mastery of Love".
    Sugasug Sugasug
    41-45, M
    Aug 31, 2015

    Here's Three

    There are possibly a few more, but 3 immediately come to mind as life changing. The first is a kid's novel Biggles in the Orient. I was 8 years old and it was grade 3, the first time we were allowed to borrow from the school library. It's nothing remarkable, only a kids...
    KenWX KenWX
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Sep 12, 2011
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