Book(s) that have changed your life?

So I have about three weeks before I head back to school. I really want to read a great, life changing book. Any recommendations?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I agree with that guy who said PostSecret--that is a pretty amazing book. But the one that did it for me was The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard. Made me look at life in a totally different way--changed many of my spiritual views and set me on different paths.

  • 1 decade ago

    Brave New World

    The Handmaid's Tale

    A Clockwork Orange

    The Lord of The Flies

    Holes by Louis Sachar

    The Catcher in The Rye

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

    The Old Man and The Sea

    Atonement by Ian McEwan

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    William Shakespeare's tragedies

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

    Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

    Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Five point someone by Chetan Bhagat

    Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

    1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell

    Harry Potter book series by J. K Rowling

    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Lemony Snicket’s series of Unfortunate Events

    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahaeme

    Wind, Sand & Stars by Antoine De Saint - Exupery

    Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen

    Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    The Overcoat, The Nose and Other Short Stories by Nikolai Gogol

    Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men & Joe’s Boys by Louisa. M. Alcott

  • irish1
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    Schindler's List

    Huckleberry Finn

    The Last Prince Of Ireland

    The Diary Of Anne Frank

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

  • 1 decade ago

    Jesus, A Revolutionary Biography, by John Dominic Crossan.

    Many Christians don't like books like this - they say just read the bible! And I do not believe in attempting to prove matters of faith.

    But this book draws a picture of Jesus as a radical egalitarian who practiced open commensuality (yes I had to look that up, too). Lots more, then my fav part is in the end where he says the historical Jesus as far as we can tell was ..... and different people reacted differently, as in: he is crazy, ignore him; he is dangerous, kill him; he is divine, worship him.

    There is more to it than that of course. But it got me interested in practicing Christianity, so I guess that qualifies as life changing.

    For general book recommendations, in reading aloud to my kids I discovered that the 4-5 books on the Newbury Awards list that I knew were all excellent, so I decided to read them all. Not done yet, but they are ALL excellent, even though they are for youth.

    (OK, 2 were so old and odd I could not read them, but all the others were fabulous.)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu

    and of course

    Harry Potter

  • 1 decade ago

    The Traveler's Gift by: Andy Andrews

    Winesburg, Ohion by: Sherwood Anderson

    His Dark Materials Trilogy by: Phillip Pullman

    Hope you enjoy!!!

  • alybr
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Read the book, "PostSecret" By Frank Warren. I don't know if you have ever heard of it...but it is an entire book of postcards sent to the author. They postcards consist of people's anonomys secrets. Some are funny, sad, WOW. I think that everyone needs to read this. It makes you think, Wow my life could be sooo much worse. :) If you want to see what the book is like...go to .It is updated every sunday.

  • amazon
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    'How reading changed my life' by Anne Quindlen, Ray Bradburys-'Fahrenheit 451', 'Inherit the Wind', 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' by John Irving, I haven't read it but I hear it's a good book- 'Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.' Short story to read is 'The Bet'- by Anton Chekhov.

  • 1 decade ago

    I recommend a true Classic-To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-best book ever written!

  • 1 decade ago

    The Gardener by Sarah Stewart Illustrated by David Small. Yes, it's kiddie lit, but what a gal that little gardener is!

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