A good book will inspire, perhaps give suggestion on how to become a better spouse, parent, business person, ect. Life changing books have been said to bring people out of depression or guide their grieving process.
When my best friend died suddenly, I spent a lot of time reading about grieving. I was searching for answers to how to feel better.
I found a few books that really helped sooth some of the hurt of his sudden loss and others that just made me feel not so alone. The book I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye was really helpful. A New Normal: Learning to Live with Grief and Loss gave me a name for what I was trying to create, a new normal life without my best friend.
The book that he and I were reading together the weeks before he died, The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt also helped me find that I had control over my life and how I was going to react to the loss of connection I was feeling.
People read for many reasons. Some want to improve their skills and become more proficient in a certain area. Some want to escape their daily lives and explore new worlds. Students are required to read certain books thought to be classics like Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell. But books that change your life are books that you as a reader find great meaning in.
Goodread's top 50 books that will change your life lists several books that I have read that didn't really do much for me. Yet they are voted by readers as books that made them think differently about themselves, the world, or about history. Reading through the list I am inspired to pick up a few of these favored books and add them to my list of must reads for this year. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Essential Rumi by Rumi, and The Accidental Tourist by by Anne Tyler, are books that look worth reading.
Starting my reading challenge off I am reading The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss. I have been poking at it off and on for a long time. I love Patrick Rothfuss and I have quoted him many times here on Dancing with Fireflies.
What books have changed your life?