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Books To Read: 22 Books That Will Change Your Life

I read a lot. I read all kind of books. I like fiction because by reading it I can get into someone else's world. How cool is that? You enter a world created by somebody else's imagination, and you live in this world and explore it. I like non-fiction because this is the best way that you can learn about things that really happened.
It is inspiring and informative. How can you read a biography of a successful person and not be inspired?
Most of the books can have a great impact on your life and some of them can really change it.
In this post I will focus on the life-changing books. Books that after you finish reading them you will never be the same. You will see certain aspects of life differently.
I made a collection of 22 books that will change your life. Most of these books I already read, but some of them are my friends' recommendations.
22 books that will change your life

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People 
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie is one of the most life changing books I've ever read.
I wasn't exactly a popular girl at school and talking with other people wasn't my best skill, so that book had a great influence in my life.
If you need to find an effective way to communicate with other people - I strongly recommend this book! Learn to be genuine, learn to care about the other people and learn to make strong relationships with them.
To me this books isn't about making tons of friends but it's about communicating with others. One of my favorite books.
It's a must-read!

2. Catch-22
I won't spoil this book for you, but many people say it's the best novel to come out of WWII.
It taught me that you should not follow blindly any person, no matter if it's your boss, your professor, or any person in charge. Many of the people who are leading us often don't know what they are doing.
It taught me that you should not respect anyone just because he's in charge or he's older than you.
This books is worth every second of your life that you will spend reading it.

3. The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a fantastic book. It's about a semi-autobiographical novel. It's a story about Esther Greenwood, an ambitious, clever student who begins to experience a mental breakdown while working in a fashion magazine in New York. In this book Sylvia Plath pictured her world, as she falls into depression.
Sylvia was only 30 when she committed suicide.
The book is heartbreaking. It shows you the path of a normal person to insanity.

4. Easy Way To Stop Smoking
Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr is one of the best selling self-help books. I can't say if it's really easy way to stop smoking because I never smoked in my life but I can say that after reading it my mom stopped smoking.
She smoked a lot. She smoked for 20 years and just one book changed her life completely.
So to any of you who wants to stop smoking I strongly recommend Allen Carr's book.

5. Brave New World
They forced us to read Brave New World at school. I didn't understand it and I hated it back then. To be honest I hated all the books that they made us read at school.
I read Brave New World years later and I loved it. If that book don't change the way you see the world, nothing will. It's a brilliant satire that is still relevant.
Orwell's "1984" was like a comedy, but Brave New World absolutely scared me.

6. Meditations
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius inspired people like Matthew Arnold and Bill Clinton. It's written by a Roman emperor, the book is a collection of his thoughts as he tries to understand himself and the universe.
That book taught me to be more positive, and just be a good person just for the sake to be a good person.
When I am in a bad mood I just re-read couple of pages, helps me to relax and just keep being the person I want to be.
Brilliant book.

7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Of course I can't miss "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. This book inspired so many people and changed their life. It has all the answers you need.
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" shaped my world views. Helped me to see the big picture instead of worrying about small things.
Funny, smart, unique... a masterpiece!
I know most of you already read it but if you didn't do it ASAP!

8. Into The Wild
"Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer made me realize that nothing good will happen if I only sit and wait. It's a real story of Christopher Johnson McCandless who gave up living in our society I started living into the wilderness. He sold his car, burned his wallet, gave all of his savings to charity and started traveling.
Sure it was not very clever but gives you a new perspective of life.
There's a time that all of us feel like quitting our modern society and just going somewhere far away.
That's what Christopher did.

9. The Power of Now
"The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle is one of the best self-help books I've ever read. It helped me overcome my anxiety and depression couple of years ago. I won't get into more details but it was a pretty bad depression. This book helped me a lot. It made me appreciate life a little bit more and stop worrying all the time about stupid things.
Tolle's techniques work great for me. I suggest you to try them.

10. East of Eden
"East of Eden" by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck is a brilliant book. I love all of his books but that one is extraordinary.
It makes you understand people. It makes you understand why they do the things they do, their past, their histories. It made me feel like a sociopath so after I read it I started trying to be more open with the people.
I can honestly put all of Steinbeck's books on this list. Read more as you can of his masterpieces.

11. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
"Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn is a story about nameless character having conversations with a gorilla, but it's an incredible book.
I read this book 6 years ago and definitely altered my way of thinking. It's an insightful story that will make you think and will challenge your views.
It makes you think about all the small decisions you make daily and how they can change the world.

12. 1984
Probably most of you already read it. I don't think that there's a person who never heard about Orwell's "1984". The book is still relevant today. Every person should read it. That book freed my mind, thought me critical thinking.
This is one of these books that is a pure fiction but then you look around and see that the ideas are not as far as you think from real life.
Get it, read it and share your experience. I guarantee you that "1984" will change the way you see life.

13. Animal Farm
"Animal Farm" is another life-changing books by the genius George Orwell. It was written more than half of century ago and still relevant and fresh.
One of the best books on my list. History taught us that one of the first things that a dictator do is to destroy or ban all the books that teach people critical thinking. That's how important for your freedom the critical thinking is and that's why you should read "Animal Farm".
It's a must-read book!

14. Slaughterhouse-Five
As Amazon describes it, "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut is one of the best anti-war books. It's gonna destroy your perspective on life and why it's worth living. This book inspired me like nothing else.
Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors and his books really changed my life for better.

15. Cat's Cradle
"Cat's Cradle" is another one of Kurt Vonnegut's masterpieces. It's a satire about the new man, his way of thinking and his behaviors. That book had a great impact on the lives of entire generation of people and changed them forever.
One of the best books of the 20s century.

16. The Tao of Pooh
That book had a great effect on me. It's an easy and fast read and one of the best books I own. Full of different philosophical views presented in an unique, funny and calm style.
I am not sure about what the target audience of this books was supposed to be but to me it's just like "The Little Prince".
You can read it when you are little, you can read it when you are an adult and you gonna love it.
A brilliant book.

17. Crime and Punishment
It's weird but I watched the movie before I read the book. I liked the movie a lot and I was sure the books is much better. I wasn't wrong. "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky is a brilliant book. One of the greatest ever. It had such a great impact on me that since I finished reading it I couldn't start reading new book for 2 weeks.
It's a powerful story about the student Raskolnikov, who's struggling between good and evil and believes he's above the law.

18. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The best autobiography I ever read. I was studying for my American citizenship and I wanted to learn more about USA's history. I knew a little about Benjamin Franklin, so when I got this book from the library I didn't know what to expect.
Franklin was such a simple guy, but because he worked hard and wanted to help his countrymen, became the great man we all know about today.
If you can learn from any of his habits you are going to be a better person.
I highly recommend this book!

19. Siddhartha
After I finished reading "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse I saw the world in a completely new way. I am not a Buddhist or anything, I am not a religious person but that book is great.
For someone like me who suffered a depression and anxiety, this book really changed my approach to stress and worry.
I learned to focus on the good moments, no matter they are in the past or in the present. A life-changer and a life-saver.

20. Candide
"Candide" by Voltaire is a book about a man slapped by fate all the time and keeps believing that he live in the best possible world.
That book made me focused on things I really want to achieve and stop being a blind optimist, just waiting for the good things to happen.
That books hits you hard and brings you back to reality.

21. The Road
I read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy 5 years ago. I love post-apocalyptic and dystopian books and movies. I read a lot books of that genre and probably I'm will make a list with them in near future.
"The Road" changed a lot the way I think. I learned how vulnerable we all are in this world and how people you really love are capable of just passing without any notice. That book made me cry and made me appreciate my family much more.
You can also watch the movie. It was brilliant.

22. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I mentioned "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed in my previous posts. One of the books that really changed my life.
It's the real story of the author who just had a divorce and lost her mother due cancer. She just found a book about the Pacific Crest Trail and decided to start traveling. With nothing more to lose she made an impulsive decision. With no training or previous experience she would hike more than thousand miles.
A magnificent story!

Did you read any other life-changing books? Please, share! 

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