I love to read, and I love the way a book can transport me to another land or help me see my own world in a new way.
Just for fun, here are a few books that changed my life. I didn’t realize it until I made the list, but they’re all by female writers—yay!
The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski. This novel inspired me to write my first bucket list and made me want to appreciate every moment because you never know how many moments you’ve got left.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This memoir is on a lot of people’s favorite books lists. It reaffirmed my belief that you can bounce back from anything, and you must make choices that are based on what’s right for you and not what other people think you should do. And yes, it made me want to eat a lot!
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Based on her wildly popular blog, Gretchen’s book continues to motivate me to change the world by changing myself. I’m a happier person for having read this book. And check out my review of the sequel, Happier at Home (it’s very good too!).
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Chris and I listened to the audiobooks for the entire Twilight series together, and I loved how we bonded over the story. I’m not ashamed to say that I love these books. They made me feel like I never have to give up the wonder and hopefulness that young people have. I’d rather be a happy woman who loves silly vampire romances than a cynical adult.
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 years, but this is the book that made me stop half-assing my beliefs and finally become a vegan 3 years ago. The peanut butter cups are to die for!
Have you ever read a book that changed your life?
In the comments below, share your favorite books.