10 Books That Have Changed My Life for the Better

I recently hit 300 “read” books on my Goodreads account. Add me here.

I have read incredible books, boring books, healing books, infuriating books — you name it. And like any bookworm, I have a select few that I believe truly changed my life for the better:

  1. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

This book forever changed the way I view my relationship to food and naturally, animals.

2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

A must for any relationship, friendship, or even business partnership. I refer back to this book often.

3. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I’m still in an emotional hangover from this book that I read 4 years ago.

4. Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande

As someone with aspirations in the medical world, this book was incredibly eye-opening to me. It also helped me embraced the circle of life in a way that I had never experienced before.

5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I’ve discovered a love for the classics these last few years. They transcend time and carry the human experience through all the generational, cultural, and political changes. East of Eden took me completely out of my body. I can’t recommend it enough.

6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A coming of age story that brings the bittersweet fondness and melancholy of your own childhood to light. I wish I read this when I was younger.

7. I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

My mom read this to me as a child. I don’t know how she did without crying. I now read this to my son. I think it’s my favorite book of all time.

8. The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships by Neil Strauss

It really is an uncomfortable book but only because his message is so true. My relationship is better because of it. You need to read this, as of yesterday.

9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I read this four years ago. I need not say much because of the worldwide fame it’s received along with her Netflix show. But the hype is real people.

10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

I read this in high school and it comforted me as I faced personal revelations regarding my own mortality. It’s light-heartened and yet completely emotional. I laughed, I cried, and I carry this story with me always.

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