Saturday, October 26, 2013

Books That Will Change Your Life

BuzzFeed (via Literacy Mid-South) has a list of 32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life:
1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
3. Cat’s Cradle
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
6. Invisible Monsters
7. White Oleander
8. In Cold Blood
9. Middlesex
10. Play It As It Lays
11. Ada, or Ardor
12. Beloved
13. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
14. Push
15. It
16. Under the Banner of Heaven
17. Me Talk Pretty One Day
18. World War Z
19. The Giver
20. The Fault in Our Stars
21. A Brief History of Time
22. Sophie’s World
23. Crime and Punishment
24. Life of Pi
25. Invisible Man
26. Joy of Cooking
27. Catch-22
28. The Train
29. The Artist’s Way
30. The Beautiful & Damned
31. Prodigal Summer
32. Never Let Me Go

Ones I've read are in bold print. Honestly, every time I begin to think I'm fairly well-read I come across a list like this.


  1. I've only read 4 of them and I don't know that I would say that any of them has changed me. All though Crime and Punishment is a story that has really stuck with me.

    1. it's hard to say a book has "changed your life," tho i think books can alter perspective & broaden horizons. some stories stick with me more than others, and some stand up better to re-reading than others.

  2. This looks like a very personal selection. It´s not so much the book, as the timing, if we´re talking life-changing art. If you read "Sophie´s World" when you´re 13 and know nothing, then perhaps it will change your life. I saw "The Empire Strikes Back" when I was 13. It changed my life, and I mean that in earnest.

    1. i agree it's all about the timing & personal situations. i read sophie's world as an adult and wasn't all that impressed.

  3. Read nine of them. Can't say they changed my life though. The Artists Way is always being talked about on art groups that I belong to. Read it but didn't follow all the things it said to do. Guess I'm not much of a rule follower.


    1. i've heard of the artist's way. maybe books can change your approach to life and then your life changes as a result of that? if books can change lives, we need to pay more attention to how we educate our lit teachers ;)