24 Books that Changed My Life

The books that change you, that stick with you and cling hard to your ribs bury themselves deep inside, manifesting lessons and bringing forth a burst of understanding you wouldn’t otherwise understand. These are the books that are under my skin, for good, forever. These are not just my favorite books. My favorites can include romantic beach reads, weird meditations on public policy, and comic collections, but what is different about these books are the lessons that stick with me, the memories attached, and the way these books affect my perception of the world and my outlook on life.

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie
  2. The Last Lecture
  3. The Happiness Project
  4. Just Kids
  5. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
  6. Forever Blue
  7. Sisterhood Everlasting
  8. This is Where you Belong
  9. The Time of My Life
  10. The Secret Life of Bees
  11. The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck
  12. The House we Grew Up In
  13. Fun Home
  14. Profiles in Courage
  15. Empress of the World
  16. The Second Mango
  17. Eat, Pray, Love
  18. Big Magic
  19. Catcher in the Rye
  20. Flowers for Algernon
  21. My name is Asher Lev
  22. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  23. Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools
  24. The Kite Runner

I’ve linked in corresponding blog posts, but most of these don’t have explanations. Do you have a desire to read explanations for how these books have affected my life? Do you have a book that has changed you or your life? Let me know in a comment below.

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