What is the one book that left you speechless, rocked your world, made you rethink your entire life, and changed the way you see life itself?
Share your story about that book, the one that might not be your favourite, but impacted you the most.
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I might be silly, but for me it will always be Harry Potter. I literally grew up reading them. During that time I lost both of my grandmas and they really helped me cope. There is this one quote that made an impact on how I understand death: “to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure”.
Whenever I feel lonely or sad, I turn to those books. And somehow after reading even just a few pages filled with friendship, sorrow, happiness and magic, everything seems okay again.
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, which made me fall down the rabbit hole that is tumblr.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. A controversial story, the one that you can only love or hate in my opinion. After all the classic literature that I had to read while in high school, this was a great change that definitely made an impact on me. At first I saw the movie, but since I got the actual book I’ve read it again and again. I got more interested in biographies of travelers, which I really like until now. Not to mention that it actually made me visit Alaska.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. This was the first “adult” book I’ve ever read. A very mature one for an 11-year-old and that’s why I’ve read it again multiple times throughout the years. This is the book that opened the door to a whole new world of literature for me, turning a pre-teen rebel into a bookworm, which I was never mad about.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
In seventh grade, my science teacher read to us every Friday from this book about humans colonizing Mars. While I may not have grasped the social criticism, I was bowled over by the gripping writing and by how the stories offered deep insights into life. That a book could give me (existential) goosebumps helped me internalize the power of the written word.
Outwitting the devil by Napoleon Hill. It opened my mind completely in a so many different ways. I understood so much more about life and people, and why the world does certain things that I have questioned myself growing up before. But yes its a MUST READ book.
“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.”
This is a quote from “The Sun Also Rises”by Ernest Hemingway, also known as my favorite book of all time. After reading this book, I found myself to be more driven. I needed to find out what I was passionate about, and I had to roll with it. This book showed me that simply going through life’s routine isn’t enough. You need to have a passion that drives you.