THE BOOKS WHICH CHANGED OUR LIVES


We all have that one book. That piece of writing which, when you read it, feels like it was made for you. It feels like more than just a book. It's a bundle of words containing life lessons and ideologies which were made just for you. When you find that book, it feels like coming home. It puts back together a piece of you that was starting to fall apart. Sometimes you aren't even aware of the fact that you really needed it. For me, there have been a couple of books which have left me feeling this way. Each one helped me in ways I didn't know I needed to be helped. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby showed me how to love literature, Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower taught me how to feel normal in my own skin and, more recently, McBride's The Lesser Bohemians taught me how to love myself a little more. Need a little inspo on which book to pick up next? These are the ones which have changed lives.

Free Country, George Mahood
"It inspired me to get out there and 'live', as cliche as that sounds. It made me realise that there are so many little adventures to be experienced in life and the importance of travelling and doing what YOU want to do."
- @ZoeDonna95

Mad Girl, Bryony Gordon
"It just really soothed me at the time of reading. It kind of reminds me in my worst moments that it's ok to be a little bit broken or a little bit mad! Theres a light at the end of the tunnel and all that jazz."
- @SmellieWood

The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
"It helped me to feel slightly less alone in this big, bad, scary, confusing but beautiful world and I love it oh so dearly."
@_Zoemckeown

Into the Wild, Jon Krauker
"This book made me realise that you should not conform to the rules. Or be a slave to your possesions. Explore the world and do what makes you happy."
- @RyanLailvaux 

One Day, David Nicholls
"It reminded me that I want to write a book someday."
@_gracelatter


Cat Mummy, Jacqueline Wilson
"It helped me understand loss and grief just a few years before I experienced significant family bereavements. It really burst my little innocent bubble and had me thinking that bad things happen in the world."
- @avocad0nt

The State of Grace, Rachael Lucas
"It was the first book with an autistic girl as the protagonist and it was amazing to finally find a character I could relate so much to. The fact that it was actually written by an autistic person made it even more powerful!"
@alicaitrin

When We Collided, Emery Lord
"It changed everything about my life. I've struggled over the past couple of years with my mental health massively. People have always struggled to understand because, no matter what I do, I can't find the words to express how I'm feeling... I don't know how Emery did it, but she found the words that I'd been looking for so long to explain how I was feeling. I finally felt like I wasn't alone and that someone in this world actually understood what I was feeling."
@allmajwrote

On the Road, Jack Kerouac
"I think it changed my life because the characters in it reminded me of myself in that, they didn't have lots of money but they wanted to have a good time and never let anything stop them from having it. It taught me the importance of slowing down, alone time and seeing as much as you can because you never know what you might come across on the way."
@alexjgreen_

Feel the Fear and do it Anyway, Susan Jeffers
"I used to have really low self-esteem, and the way I was living reflected that. Reading Feel the Fear, and doing the exercises in it, increased my confidence in myself and made me feel more able to deal with life and whatever it might throw at me. It really stayed with me and I'm honestly just so thankful for that book!"
@amyjanesmith

The Book of Lost Things, John Connelly
"My late dad recommended it to me years ago, and then a few months ago it was staring at me in a charity shop. I read it, and devoured it. It's a beautiful tale of grief and using reading as an escape that I felt such a close connection to my dad even across (as dramatic as it sounds) death. He really truly recommended a book that fit me down to my bones, and as we didn't have that strong of a relationship, which I do mourn, it was seriously life changing!"
@laurentwistle

Looking for Alaska, John Green
"The whole book is about first love, last words, death, but for me its the impact you have on people that you will never know about. I related so strongly to the main character, it changed my whole outlook on reality!"
@cassrattray


The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
"I expected to hate it but I loved it and it had a huge influence on me - really made me think and explore feminism more. This was definitely my feminist awakening."
- @pinkladyapril

Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig
"It really helped me through a tough time and gave me some real perspective. It's one I know I will go back to if I ever feel so low again."
@ohevieee

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
"It was such a moving book and I felt empowered after reading it."
@AngieH1980

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, Holly Bourne
"It made me feel less alone and was exactly what I needed at the time I first read it. It showed me the power of self acceptance and most of all, gave hope."
@umairahh-m

Wild, Cheryl Strayed
"It helped me realise that it could be possible to let go of my past and all the things I'd done or said that made me ashamed of myself during periods of bad mental health and that I could teach myself new ways of coping that would make me healthier and happier in my own skin."
- @LisaCallaghan90

He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt
"I once got a copy of 'He's just not that in to you' for free in a magazine and one read of that and my whole outlook on relationships changed, the next man I met and dated, I married 5 years ago!"
- @ashleigh_suze

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
"I first read it when I was starting to experience mental illness and it helped me feel so much less alone and helped me to understand how I was feeling. Haven't forgotten it since! It's always been the book I go back to when I need reassurance that things will be ok!"
- @maeveawaits


The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
"For me one tiny snippet of a book changed mine. In The Girl On The Train, the lead Rachel is talking about her struggle with infertility and grieving for the loss of something she had never had. That particular page for me made a penny drop in relation to my own struggles."
@SwishMySwag

Girl Out of water, Nat Luurtsema
"It was the first time I'd come across a character with my chronic illness, where the illness was represented accurately, and it honestly meant the world to me to see that representation."
@lifeofpippa_

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
"I read it when I was 19 and I was going through a few tough times, and I'd always wanted to read it. I love that it's in a diary format and it amazed me how I saw a little of myself in her. It helped me get though some dark days and gave me hope."
@lynzfrazer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon
"It changed my life because the main character whose POV it is written from has autism/aspergers, just like my brother. The book gave me an insight of what might go on inside his head and it helped me understand him and assist him when he is struggling so so much more than I could/did before."
- @purplepoppunk

Quiet, Susan Cain
"It taught me to love myself the way I am - introverted. Even if the world around demands me to be an extrovert."
@_Book_Dragon_

Noughts and Crosses, Malory Blackman
"I read when I was 10 or 11 and it was my first real eye opener to discrimination and racial atrocities in the world."
@TastetheTeaBlog

My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult
"The one book which I connected with as I battled with my Husband's tumour, in fact the only thing that I felt understood me and my situation as the people around me were so disconnected."
@mkaur82


These are the books which changed our lives. Which one will change yours?

6 comments :

  1. The one book that will always stick with me is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It's such a beautiful book and teaches some valuable life lessons and makes you realise you need to appreciate the life you have.

    Jess
    alrightblondie.com

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    1. I hear so many great things about that book - I need to pick it up!x

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  2. One Day and The Girl on the Train will always be two of my favourites. One Day is the only book to ever make me cry.

    Meg - Elmpetra

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  3. Well now I have a few new books to add to my To Read list.

    I read Bryony Gordon's Mad Girl a few months ago, whilst I was having a horrible time mental health wise. I hadn't been able to concentrate on anything for weeks, I couldn't watch TV/read books/write and it was the first thing I'd managed to sit down and concentrate on for so long. I read the entire book in a day, finished it, then burst into tears. I've read four books since!

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    1. I'm still yet to read Mad Girl, but it's on my list! I'm so glad that it helped you!xx

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