As readers, we’re always in search of books that leave us having experienced some sort of profound revelation or one that ignites an inner fire. We like books with messages that speak to us and characters we can relate to. That’s why we’ve rounded up five books that are sure to change how you look at the world. What other books have had an effect on you? Tell us in the comments!
1) The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Explore the philosophy of Taoism through the lens of one of literature’s most-beloved characters, Winnie-the-Pooh. Re-live the adventures from the Hundred Acre Wood as Hoff encourages readers to embrace a routine based on simplicity and natural living.
2) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Martel’s fantasy adventure explores the concepts of believability and spirituality. After a shipwreck, a young boy named Pi is stranded on a boat with a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. The two are forced to survive together for 227 days.
3) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This brilliant memoir by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi is his reflection upon his time as a doctor, while also facing his own mortality. Kalanithi, who died in 2015 while still writing this book, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. His eye-opening portrayal of living and dying is certain to leave its mark on readers.
4) The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
The revelation in Chapman’s book is understanding how to show and receive love. The idea? Each person perceives love differently and realizing your partner’s specific love language is necessary for strengthening your relationship and mending broken bonds.
5) Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
After tackling how to be happier, in general, as well as happier at home, Rubin explores this one important question: How do we change? In her latest self-help guide, Rubin discusses a practical framework for changing our habits in order to live our best life.