Whenever a book-lover sees a book, they see a world of magic inside them. It is always as if a new world is calling out to them and they cannot stay away from it; such is the love people have for books. Those wonderful pages fill up our hearts, minds and souls with great emotions and then there are those books which have changed the lives of people, obviously in a good manner. This thought was going through my mind when I came up with an idea that I should go to social media and ask people as to which book/books changed your life and how? I was overwhelmed at the responses I got for this and simply loved how people expressed their choices and stories behind those choices. Here, I have complied a list of the top 10 answers I got. Enjoy going through this list and some interesting stories:
1. Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
It eradicated the concept of “judgement in terms of appearance” from my mind and this changed my life. I started noticing the positives in the world rather than the negatives, making me a different, a more content person.
2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
For one, it showed me how incredibly smart young adult fiction could be (this was awhile before Hunger Games got big), which is what convinced me that I wanted to write speculative YA.
For another, it was the first time I saw up close how messy and intricate the human perception of the right and wrong can be. I’ll never forget when one of the main characters talks to a pair of nuns in her state home. One nun says, “One cannot change morality without changing the law.” The other says in a separate passage, “One cannot change the law without changing morality.” Then, you see that while this debate is going on, both the morals and the laws have real, long lasting, even lethal consequences for the teens focused on in the rest of the book.
That was a lot for a high school freshman to chew on a Saturday afternoon, but I loved it. I don’t think I’ve looked at the world the same since.
-Taylor Lavone King
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
It taught me that love is beyond superficial. It taught me that looks are nothing, it is the mating of souls that makes love happen. All the other romance books I’d read always involved a crazily beautiful girl and a very handsome man. Plain Jane was the most beautiful heroine I ever read about. She went through a lot but forgave everyone who ever hurt her. Holding on to anger only hurts you more. It taught me how stupid most of the things we pursue in life are.
Her Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
I cried after reading this book. It taught me about a different and better kind of love. It taught me about sacrifices being an essential ingredient of love.
Anne of Green Gables
It taught me not to outgrow my imaginations, not to let go of my inner child. She will always comfort me to see the beauty in every situation.
– Rhoda Irhirhi
4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
When I saw this question, I jumped at the opportunity to answer it but then after a few moments there are so many possible candidates for this answer. How to choose one, and how to explain why I actually chose that one? Ironically, the answer lies in the question itself. Last spring break I had the chance to read “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami. The story portrays life of two individuals; Naoko and Toru. It depicts how the choices we make in our life define how we ultimately live through it. Both faced the same situation, dealt with it differently and that made all the difference. When Naoko’s childhood boyfriend kills himself at the age of 17 who was also Toru’s best and only friend, they both try to grapple with the reality of life and inevitability of death. Naoko could not deal with the pressures of life after her boyfriend dies and goes deep into depression whereas Toru tries to rebuild his life finding a new purpose and a new meaning. Ultimately the book teaches us that our fate is decided by our own choices, there are always chances that something better can happen if you wait for it and if you believe in it.
5. Imran Khan, The Biography by Christopher Stanford
– Abdirahman Khadar Yoonis
7. “Landover for Sale: SOLD!” by Terry Brookes
The very first book that my aunt read to me when I was a tween;
“Landover for Sale: SOLD!” by Terry Brookes. It’s an outdated book written by a decidedly old-fashioned man.
Lol, I swear each time I re-read it, I’m beyond frustrated with Terry’s desire to be as grammatically correct as possible, (to the point of where every single line is dry and bland and has very weird word choice) but it was the first book that REALLY got me into reading books, and it was the book that inspired me to start writing my own.
It also started the bond between me, my sister and my aunt when we were young, turning us into a mini book club. We read through the whole Landover series, then we went through like I dunno, maybe six, seven, maybe eight different YA fantasy adventure novels throughout my early to mid teens.
We still have each copy. They take up an entire wall shelf and an entire bedside table. I remember the stories from almost all of my favorites, and I can remember even the most obscure details.
We’re currently re-reading the Landover series and we’re on the second to last book, and we’re on a chapter that always makes my heart sink when we read it, because I know what happens. I think my sister and aunt get mad at me because I always remember what’s going to happen next!
8. ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
– Anna Mitchell
9. Paper Towns By John Green
Have read about 3 John Green books now, and it never ends the way cliche books end. There’s so many unanswered questions. With Paper Towns, I felt connected to Margo, even though I’m not outgoing or that much of an explorer. But I did relate to why she ran away so often. How she could never stay still… How she was a wanderer at heart… And there’s so many lines which make you think, as to how you’re leading this life and if you’re really here to pay bills and die.
– Srushti Gangawanwale
And lastly a confession by my College friend that made me LOL…
10. The Maths Textbook
My maths book, it changed me to a (-)ve person frm a (+)ve one…it subtracted all the fun from my life and just multiplied my problems.
All these people told us their favorite books, the ones which left a deep mark in their lives and gave something to think and believe for their entire life. Have you also read a book that has changed your life? If yes, please share with us.