I absolutely love reading — and I always have. There have been so many books that have changed my life. There have been books that have changed the way I see the world, ones that have opened up my eyes to new perspectives, and ones that have left a lasting impression long after I’ve finished turning the pages.
As John Green said:
This is how I feel about these 5 books I’m sharing with you today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
When I was in the middle of reading this book I told my Grandma that I had never read a book that was so information ‘heavy’ before and I kept needing to take breaks while reading it. My Grandma’s response was simple, yet profound to me at the time. She told me that I was needing to stop reading throughout it because it was literally changing my entire perspective of the world.
She was right, this book radically changed how I saw the world, myself and how I approached and showed up in my life. And this teachings in this book have helped me to stop dwelling in the past and worrying about the future, and instead to surrender and embrace the present moment.
This book guided me in starting to practice presence and mindfulness in my everyday life, and not just while meditating and it was the catalyst for me attending a 10 day silent meditation retreat. If you do you choose to read this one I recommend diving into it with a curious and open mind and being patient with yourself as you read it.
In 3 words: Conscious + powerful + enlightening.
This book is a complete game-changer. It completely revolutionised the way I approached goals and my life in general. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who wants to live a happier, more fulfilling life that’s more aligned to them.
Getting clear on how I want to feel, then approaching my life and setting intentions based on these feelings has transformed my life.
In 3 words: Transformational + soulful + empowering.
This book is weird, messed up, heart-breaking and even disturbing at times. But at the same time it’s so beautifully human and real. I truly love it.
The truth, wisdom and insights scattered throughout these pages are profound. I absolutely love Cheryl’s blatant honestly that she delivers with a unique compassion. This book moved me in so many ways, and I know that it will be one of those books I reread for the rest of my life.
In 3 words: Honest + shocking + compassionate.
Another Cheryl Strayed book? Yep. Her writing is brilliant and Wild is one hell of a story. I absolutely love hiking and this book is vividly written in such a way that at times I felt like I was there, walking the Pacific Crest Trail myself.
Cheryl’s story is brutally honest and completely raw. Her journey to self-discovery entails unimaginable grief and brave redemption. It’s an extraordinary read with life-changing lessons and it was so compelling that I couldn’t put it down.
In 3 words: Candid + raw + redemption.
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It took me a little while to actually get into the story, but when I did I was mesmerised. It is incredible. The writing is extraordinary and so vivid. The story is disturbing and harsh, but also beautiful at the same time.
What makes this story even more amazing is that it’s supposedly influenced by the real life experiences of the author, who allegedly began writing this story while in prison. But regardless of whether this book is actually fact or fiction I guarantee it will stay with you long after you finish reading it, I know it has for me.
In 3 words: Unbelievable + eye-opening + brutal.
Now I’d love to hear from you: What books have changed your life? Feel free to pop your recommendations in the comments.
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