13 Books That Changed My LifeBooks can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think. They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever. I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share the one book that has significantly influenced them.
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When she makes a recommendation, my ears perk up in reverence. The next day, the book arrived at my apartment. I sat reading for hours on end, devouring the material as I furiously underlined important takeaways, feverishly highlighted memorable quotes and fervently bookmarked pages. My mind was like a sponge soaking up as much information as it could take in. I had a-ha moment after a-ha moment. Page after page and example after example, I saw the imprint of my past written there in black and white. All the missteps and mistakes of my dating life finally made sense.
This is, unfortunately, non-fiction. If only it were fiction. In crystalline prose, Wallace-Wells provides a devastating overview of where we are in terms of climate crisis and ecological destruction, and what the future will hold if we keep on going down the same path. The crisis is so much more than sea level rises and isolated terrifying incidents, and this book is brilliant at showing how everything connects. When I teach courses on the history of the Holocaust, my lectures may stimulate the students intellectually and challenge them personally. Nothing, however, that I impart has the impact of a lecture given by a Holocaust survivor. This is what happened to me.
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Every so often, we come across a life changing book. It doesn't have to be the best book we've ever read, or even a book we particularly like—but something about it changes our lives all the same. We decide to go vegetarian, or we start paying attention to politics, or we realize that our current boyfriend bears far too much resemblance to a fictional villain and finally break up with him. Those books are pretty rare, but even rarer are the books that change everyone's lives. Some of these books have even altered the course of history and changed society as we know it. So, if you're looking to turn over a new leaf, here are a few books that changed the way we live our lives. Books have started wars, inspired political revolution, and made everyone feel weird about the meatpacking industry.
There's a certain weight and an overwhelming thrill when it comes to finishing an important book that you know will ultimately change your life. You know what I'm talking about: that moment you set it down, look out at the world in front of you, and let out a breath that feels as if you've been holding it in for years. It's a crazy and beautiful thing when you read a book that shifts your entire life perspective on the world. It's safe to say that every book you've ever read has changed you in some way, even if it was a children's book you read at age 4 about sharing and caring. But it's the books that challenge your understanding of basic things in life like family, friendship, love, fear, and the many day-to-day issues you face that are the real page-turners.
Jump to navigation. To celebrate this day dedicated to books, the Young Post team share the works of literature that have influenced them in some way. Wolf of the Plains , by Conn Iggulden. So, Iggulden is famous for writing The Dangerous Book for Boys — which really, every boy should read. But I really enjoyed his books about the Mongolian leader, Genghis Khan. It can be a bit confusing because the same books are published under different titles depending on where they are in the world. There are five books in all, and the series is complete.