I do a lot of reading, so, in no particular order here’s some great books and how they affected me.
The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
- When my mom handed me this book to read I thought it was going to be stupid. I apparently didn’t have a very open mind at the age of fourteen. I was out of things to read so she picked this one off the shelf it told me it was a story about friendship and womanhood. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is however, so much more than that. This book attests to the true power and divinity of female friendships and affected me in a way The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants never could.
Middlesex by Jefferey Euginides
- I just finished this last night and it is truly a masterpiece. The ease of the masculine and feminine narration is incredible as is the beautiful imagery. I am in love with this book and truly in love with the idea that you really can’t stop life from moving forward no matter what.
The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- Whenever it’s summer I always think of this book. I’m pretty sure it was the first adult book I ever read and I remember sitting outside in the summer and completely losing myself in this book. I don’t even know how it changed my life, it just instilled a feeling that five years later, will still not go away.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelo
- For such a short book, I don’t think I’ve ever underlined as many things. This book has a great perspective and testament to spirituality and I’m an Atheist so that’s saying something.
This Is Where I Leave You By Jonathan Tropper
- I read this book while I was in New York City and I just really love how accurately it depicts family and relationships. It really has set me up for most of my opinions in terms of complicated families.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- This book took me forever to read but when I finished it I was so glad I read it. Mostly this book just gave me a large range of emotions.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- I feel like this is kind of the standard as far as life changing books go, but I have never, ever, connected more with a narrator than with this book.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- Don’t talk about it
Jaws by Peter Benchley
- I thought this was going to be a book about crazy sharks that ate everyone but the shark only ate like three people and I got a lot more out of it than I thought I would. However I am now very nervous in deep water.
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- I’m putting this on the list because it’s the only book where I’ve actually sobbed after reading it. I feel like that counts as life changing.