What are the best life-changing books?

The books you read more often than not could change your perspective on life forever. It helps you grow, and develops your way of thinking. So whether you're looking for new stories to make you cry, be inspired, think deep, or just simply blow your mind, then this list is perfect for you!

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    #1Siddhartha

    Siddhartha

    Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It was published January 1, 1982 by Bantam publishing. It narrates the story of a young man's journey to spiritual enlightenment.

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    Margaret Rogers
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I always purchase copies of this book to give as a gift to this year's graduates on my list. The book is a classic novel full of messages and inspiration. It makes a great gift in my opinion."
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    #21984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Henry Lynch
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "1984 is a classic dystopian book. It can be very dark and powerful at times. This book is very relevant today in the world we live in, even though it was published in 1949."
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    #3Rich Dad, Poor Dad

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad
    Rich Dad Poor Dad, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads-his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad-and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
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    Hemant Patel
    Written on July 30, 2018
    "Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a book that really makes you think about all the big things in life. It is probably one of the best life-changing books."

DID YOU KNOW?

Books are easily one of the most fundamental inventions of mankind. Books have recorded our history for hundreds of years. It has let people share stories of life, struggle, love, heartache, and everything in between. There are millions of ways to live your life, but the stories you read could affect you in ways you didn't even know it could. And if you think we're exaggerating, did you know that even Ophrah Winfrey's life was changed by a single book?

One of the most prominent and influential personalities of her time, Oprah Winfrey claimed that one book changed her life and business. During a speech at a College in New York back in 2017, Winfrey said that "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav changed her perspective on life. In the book, there is a premise that "an intention precedes every thought and every action, and that the outcome of your experiences is determined by the intention." It changed Winfrey in a way that before coming across the book, she had problems saying no to people, and always did what would please others. But after she applied intentional living and intentional thinking as the book has suggested, it was the start of her career blossoming even further. When having guests on her show, or when producers come to her with an idea, she has always put in mind what the intention really is, and why they are doing it. Winfrey even said, "The reason our show was No. 1 for 25 solid years is because we intended to be." Now, if you're looking to get the same spark and inspiration then we suggest you go right ahead and sink yourself into a good book, or try apps to download free books that'll help enlighten your mind, and change your ways like Oprah.

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    #4Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.

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    Frank Cook
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I was looking for a book for my son to kind of shake him a bit to get him out of his stupor. I tried Brave New World off a recommendation. Brave New World is a prophetic book that gives a bit of glimpse about what modern life is. However, I wouldn't exactly say it's a life-changing book. It's a good one though - I definitely enjoyed it."
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    #5Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.
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    William Hopkins
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Hesse wrote this book partly to tell about his life, but also to analyze his problems. It's a stunning narrative about a particularly bad era of German history. It's still very valid in today's chaotic world."
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    #6The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell is a historical nonfiction novel originally published in June 1988 by the Anchor Doubleday. This book explores a wide range of concepts from marriage to chilbirth to artists and more.

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    Sophia Yi
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I don't know about life changing, it could be. But it is important to know the myths about life. What's made up and what is actually facts. There are so many myths in life, it's good to have a book that tells you the truth. "
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    #7Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    Ruth Carter
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a great book and a classic, well-known novel. It definitely has lessons to teach about life and about our need to look beyond the obvious."
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    #8The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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    #9Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Nicholas Lopez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Is it a great book? Yes, absolutely. Is it a good life-changing book? No. Not unless you had considered Stalinist Communism as a bedrock of your moral foundation, or had some great faith in the herd mentality of random groups of people. That being said, it's short, an excellent read, and a stern warning. It should be mandatory reading for all educated and erudite people."
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    #10Letters to a Young Poet

    Letters to a Young Poet
    Back in 1903, a military student sent his verses to Rainer Maria Rilke, an Austrian poet so that he could know how to improve in his poetry skills. These ten letters are now compiled in this book, which contains some of the author's favorite themes and many advice that will help anyone interested in the poetry world. 
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    #11Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Kathryn Herrera
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great selection for life-changing books. It helps people understand their purpose. "
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    #12To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Deborah Austin
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I’m not certain you can get thru school without reading this book. A classic often read in middle or high school. Books tells a remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice."
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    #13The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Andrew Pierce
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I love the book The Catcher in the Rye like many other books J.D. Salinger's but I am not quite sure why it is in the category of life-changing books. Anyway, I would like to recommend this book for anyone who are interested in any kind of literature. After reading this book, you are going to want to check the other books of the author."
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    #14The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    #15The Invention of Religion

    The Invention of Religion

    The Invention of Religion by Alexander Drake provides insights about how religions have started. The book also tackles the scientific views against the existence of gods. 

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    Ruth Bates
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Disagree completely. I think if you want to go for "life-changing", you should have more concern with budget, or how to be more outgoing, or something along those lines. Religion is not a priority for me on how to change one's life. I do not think I would read this. "
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    #16The Prophet

    The Prophet

    The Prophet is a collection of essays written by Khalil Gibran, first published in 1923. The book is divided into 28 chapters that philosophically explore the concepts that govern human life.

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    #17Hiroshima

    Hiroshima
    John Hersey's heart-wrenching book Hiroshima recounts what happened on the day the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on a city. It includes narratives by eyewitnesses who survived the bombing. 
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    Jorge Alberto Baltazar
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A highly emotional account of what happened when an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Heartbreaking tales of the people and witnessed that injured horrible sufferings and their plight to survive. Unforgettable book that makes one wonder about human cruelty and what one is capable of doing to other fellow human being/s!"
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    #18Being and Time

    Being and Time

    "Being and time" is one of the most important philosophy novels of our time. This novel by Martin Heidegger makes a central question: "What is the meaning of being?", challenged the intellectual map of today's occidental modernity. 

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    Kevin Yi
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Everyone told me that Being and Time was one of the most life changing books that they had ever read, but I just cannot agree with that. Maybe for them, maybe for some, but not for me...and surely not for every one! This was an okay read, but it just didn't live up to the hype that I had heard about it."
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    #19The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.

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    Víctor Juárez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Where to begin? This is perhaps a BOOK without qualities! Do you enjoy endless math problems? Reading this book is like that nightmare where you are taking a test in math class, and no matter how hard you struggle, you never ever quite get to the end of the test. Then you try to get up and leave, but your feet are stuck in place. There's a ton of unnecessary exposition and distracting subplots in this book. Really, really unpleasant -- at about 850 pages I decided to try to find a summary of the plot online. To my horror, I then discovered that this book WAS NOT EVEN FINISHED! So even if I had finished the "book" I wouldn't have gotten a conclusion to the story. Avoid. This. Book."

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Best What are the best life-changing books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SiddharthaBooks 44 Paid
21984Books 41 Paid
3Rich Dad, Poor DadBooks 39 Paid
4Brave New WorldBooks 37 Paid
5SteppenwolfBooks 34 Paid
6The Power of MythBooks 33 Paid
7Fahrenheit 451Books 31 Paid
8The Little PrinceBooks 28 Paid
9Animal FarmBooks 27 Paid
10Letters to a Young PoetBooks 24 Paid
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