8 Books That’ll (Probably) Change Your Life
A book can be so much more than a book, if you find a story that stays with you even after you’ve finished reading it. Here, Ruth Meredith lists eight books that have changed her life – and are likely to change yours, too.
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
This book has to top the list, as the narrator is one of the best-crafted narrators in fiction. 15-year-old Christopher Boone suffers from Asperger syndrome and the novel allows a real insight into his world and his perceptions. A definite recommend for everyone, but especially for anyone familiar with someone with on the autistic spectrum.
2. Into the Wild – Jon Krakaner
The book, made famous by the 2007 film, explores the idea of living without limits but can also be interpreted as a cautionary tale. It follows Christopher McCandless as he attempts to live in the wilds of Alaska, isolated away from the materials of the modern world. It allows readers to question what they value, however the book is interpreted.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Perhaps an obvious inclusion on the list, but an important one nonetheless. The innocent Scout tells the story of the deep-rooted race issues of 1930’s America, allowing for an important discussion about prejudice. Its impacts that will still resonate with readers today.
4. Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates
Not just one for sassy feminists, this is a book that started an international movement to question sexism that occurs everyday showing the impact of literature still. It’s a powerful look at our current society and offers potential for change. Bates’ writing is easily accessible and offers a eye-opening read for all.
5. The Other Hand – Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave set out to write his book in an attempt to humanize the struggles of asylum seekers in Britain, and deals with issues that are now more relevant than ever. The book’s success initial was through its ‘word of mouth’ publicity – showing the impact of the stories told on the readers.
6. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This is a true story of self-discovery and the importance of following your dreams, allowing you to change you perception of yourself as opposed to others. It’s easy to read, with beautiful descriptive language, and ends up being incredibly inspiring.
7. I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak
Ed Kennedy opens the narrative as a character with no real prospects or future, and is just “average”. It’s beautifully written and cleverly done – the twist at the end will really resonate with readers to look at your own life. It’s definitely worth the time to pick up and read.
8. Laughing at my Nightmare – Shane Burcaw
Shane is 23 years old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and still manages to find the good in all situations. This book emphasises the importance of staying positive, and is a genuinely funny read. It’s important to understand the issues he has faced and the obstacles of disability, but it’s his incredible attitude that shines through.
What books have changed your life? Let us know in the comments below.