8 Books That Changed My Life


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I love reading books. I admit that I don’t read as frequently as I used to, but I still read whenever I can. Below is my list of books that changed my life. Some of them I read when I was a child and some of them I read just weeks before. All of those, in my opinion, are the books that one should read in their lifetimes. I gained new perspectives, I cried, I laughed, it was a very emotional rollercoaster. I hope you read them and like them, too.

Feeling Good by David D. Burns

This book literally changed my life, and that is why I am putting this in the first place. When I read this book, I was heavily depressed. I didn’t know that a book can be so effective when I picked it up, but I am very happy that I did. It is written by a psychiatrist, David D. Burns. The book is both a scientific read and an easy read. It is based on cognitive therapy and it gains you insight on the reasons why you feel the way you feel. It has assessments and worksheets and it helps you to identify your feelings and emotions. This book is a must especially if you are depressed. I think that even people who hate self-help books will like this.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.

Of course, it is on the list. These books opened a new door for me into the world of fiction, and that door never closed. Harry Potter books taught me when I was very little about friendship, difficulties, knowledge, courage and many more. Even if you watched the movies, I suggest you read the books. They are a whole another world. I suggest these books to both adults and children.

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie receives a letter that said “Who are you?” and actions start after. It is a Philosophy 101 book. It will teach you the basic subjects on philosophy, famous philosophers and dilemmas. This one I read as a teenager. It was my first experience with philosophy and it made me learn how to think.

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa P. Estes

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It is not an easy read, it sometimes gets boring, but it is very educational. I named this book Feminism 101 as well as Myths 101. It is a book on wild women and their stories. It includes many myths, fairy tales, fables and poems and it will show you your feminine side.

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

A must. You should definately read this book if you want to learn more about societies and why some succeed while others didn’t. Guns, Germs and Steel is about the history of mankind and societies, and it focuses on environmental differences in human history and not biological differences. The book will teach you history and will show you how far mankind has come. I’ve always seen on the web of people searching book recommendations to become smarter, and this one exactly fits that category.

All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It is a fiction book on World War II and is about a blind French girl and A German boy. The story is mesmerizing and filled with details which can be both beautiful and devastating. After I read this book, I bought it for a friend and recommend it to my sister. That’s how much I liked it. I strongly suggest you read.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A masterpiece. A must read in literacy. It is about a love story that covers a lifetime. It is not an easy read at first, but after a few pages, you get used to it. The story is mesmerizing and defines the concept of love beautifully. You need to read it slowly in order to understand and not get lost in names and places.

Getting Past Your Breakup by Susan J. Elliott

It is a book to read when you can’t recover from your past relationship. The author tells her own story, and give you a clear path on what to do and what to avoid. She also talks about how and what went wrong in your past relationships and tells you what to work on. This book helps you stand on your feet on your own. I read this book very recently after I realized I wasn’t getting any better although one year passed since my breakup. This book helped me so much, made me cry, laugh and helped me to recover.  

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