Books that changed your life

McCurlyMcCurly Registered Users Posts: 200
Did you ever encountered books that improved your life, made it easier or helped you gain confidence in yourself?

I heard about Louise L. Hay and it seems to be a very good author telling helpful things.
Do you know other books, good authors or stories that are helping to find his own way in life
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    I like to read adventure, death-defying type books. Accounts of mountaineering expeditions gone awry and the like.

    They make me feel that my life is so easy by comparison, but also remind me of the awesomeness of human endurance. And to try to do things I think I cannot.

    Some examples: Into Thin Air, Into the Void, The Perfect Storm.
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Registered Users Posts: 2,385
    The Perfect Storm scared the crap out of me!!! I haven't seen the movie and I don't want to!
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    The movie wasn't that good. The book was much scarier -- and better! :shock: [If you're into that kinda thing, which I obviously am!]
  • starinastarina Registered Users Posts: 665 Curl Neophyte
    I don't know if this is quite what you are referring to, but a long time ago I was very depressed and the only thing that I was able to read was the James Herriott series ("All Creatures Great and Small", "All Things Bright and Beautiful" etc.). I picked up countless books, but just couldn't get past the first couple of pages. His books transported me away from my problems and sadness. They are lovely, gentle, engaging stories and were just what I needed at that time in my life.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    The Bible
    Roots and Queen by Alex Haley
    Obasan by Joy Kogawa
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    Snow Falling on Cedars - forget the author, too lazy to look
    Sula by Toni Morrisson
    Daughters of Song by Paula Huston
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  • LayaliLayali Registered Users Posts: 561 Curl Connoisseur
    Amneris wrote:
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

    ITA, I LOVE this book.

    She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
    The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
    Small Changes, Big Results : A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life - Ellie Krieger
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  • Swirlycurly ChemistSwirlycurly Chemist Registered Users Posts: 335
    The Bible

    The Madeleine L'Engle books, particularly A Wrinkle in Time - It made me want to be a scientist.
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  • LAwoman516LAwoman516 Registered Users Posts: 23
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
    The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

    Great books. I also loved W. Lamb's "I Know This Much is True."
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  • Summer91Summer91 Registered Users Posts: 265
    The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

    Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

    There Are No Children Here - Alex Kotlowitz
  • LayaliLayali Registered Users Posts: 561 Curl Connoisseur
    LAwoman516 wrote:
    Great books. I also loved W. Lamb's "I Know This Much is True."

    We have similar tastes in books, I'm currently reading this one!
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  • Lydyybuggin76Lydyybuggin76 Registered Users Posts: 219
    Is it me, or does anyone else find Toni Morrison novels to be a hard read? :?: I have had other people agree with me, to include my 11th grade high school English teacher who suggested that I read Beloved back in 92', I might add. I am curious if anyone else feels the same. Its not that I cannot finish her novels, I just find myself re-reading in order to make sense of some things.
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  • Rastacurl RevisitedRastacurl Revisited Registered Users Posts: 104
    How To Make Love Like A Porn Star by Jenna Jameson

    also, every Harlequin and Mills & Boon romance novel ever published. Ve-ry life-changing.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Registered Users Posts: 17,898 Curl Virtuoso
    Is it me, or does anyone else find Toni Morrison novels to be a hard read? :?: I have had other people agree with me, to include my 11th grade high school English teacher who suggested that I read Beloved back in 92', I might add. I am curious if anyone else feels the same. Its not that I cannot finish her novels, I just find myself re-reading in order to make sense of some things.

    I agree. And I find them too eerie and depressing to be worth the effort.
    The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

    Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

    There Are No Children Here - Alex Kotlowitz

    I read the Gift of Fear and There Are no Children Here. Very interesting. What do you call the Gift of Fear? What genre would you say it is?

  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Registered Users Posts: 7,223 Curl Novice
    sfcurlee wrote:
    I like to read adventure, death-defying type books. Accounts of mountaineering expeditions gone awry and the like.

    They make me feel that my life is so easy by comparison, but also remind me of the awesomeness of human endurance. And to try to do things I think I cannot.

    Some examples: Into Thin Air, Into the Void, The Perfect Storm.
    This was such a good book. I even considered mountain climbing...until I remembered that I hate being cold and I don't care for heights. :oops:

    I hate self help books. Hate them. That said, there's a book called Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. My last manager bought it for all of us on her team and told us to read it and do the strengths test online. We were then going to go offsite for a day and talk about it. I was so reluctant, but I read about 1/3 of the book and did the test. Then I put it away and didn't look at it for at least a couple months. In the middle of it, my department went through a re-org and I got a new manager so we never did the offsite.

    Anyway, I was bored one day and picked up the book and my test results. I finished the book in just an hour or two. It was amazing! Anyone who is at a crossroads about their life (career, school, etc) would probably benefit from it. It showed me that my new-ish job was the perfect fit for me and made me realize why I was unhappy at my old job. It also gave me inspiration for talking to my new manager about where my current position is headed. (we're still re-orging and it's kind of up in the air whether we'll keep doing the same work.)
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  • JoshGroban'sRockin'CurlsJoshGroban'sRockin'Curls Registered Users Posts: 54
    The Book of Mormon can change anyone's life. It has changed mine.
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  • superrach3superrach3 Registered Users Posts: 40
    Corelli's Mandolin. That combined with Jane Austen (I've read Pride and Prejudice 7 times! :lol: ) has made me a hopeless romantic.
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  • saronbellasaronbella Registered Users Posts: 70
    The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
    This book COMPLETELY changed my outlook on life. It showed me what can happen to you when you are addicted to materialism.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Registered Users Posts: 7,713
    "The Grapes of Wrath" by Steinbeck.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    sully wrote:
    LAwoman516 wrote:
    Great books. I also loved W. Lamb's "I Know This Much is True."

    We have similar tastes in books, I'm currently reading this one!

    I am, too!
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  • oingo-sproingooingo-sproingo Registered Users Posts: 144
    Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, really did change my life.
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  • onegirlarmy33onegirlarmy33 Registered Users Posts: 18
    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

    It's amazing what people notice about others and what they fail to ask or see or ever even engage someone who is on the "outskirts"

    Very awesome.
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure

    by Mireille Guiliano
  • WilzoneWilzone Registered Users Posts: 4
    Amneris wrote:
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

    Agreed.
  • veronicaveronica Registered Users Posts: 77
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by I-Can't-Remember-The-Author...

    I also don't go in for self help books (funny, since I'm a psychotherapist...), but the Poisonwood Bible changed my view of the world, and The Curious Incident helped me see the world from a unique perspective.
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  • picklesgirlpicklesgirl Registered Users Posts: 1,955
    The Redemption Series by Karen Kingsberry
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  • sandradeesandradee Registered Users Posts: 55
    Amneris wrote:
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

    Wow, I haven't heard anyone talk about Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys! It blew me away when I read it the first time. It's just such an interesting take on the madwoman in the attic of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
  • KaitlynKaitlyn Registered Users Posts: 3
    The Book of Mormon can change anyone's life. It has changed mine.

    The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ is absolutely life changing. The one book I couldn't live without!

    The Bible is my companion to the Book of Mormon.

    These books are both so important to my soul and the inner understanding of who I am and who I need to be. This is an deeply personal, spiritual and eternal change.

    In a much less dramatic way a book that has changed my daily life is Curly Girl! :)
  • disneylovedisneylove Registered Users Posts: 112
    veronica wrote:
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    that was a good read
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  • razicellirazicelli Registered Users Posts: 139
    When I moved out of state, I joined my neighborhood bookclub in order to "get out there" and socialize with my neighbors. It changed my life. I used to read in high school, but since then always found other things took priority....like my marriage, job, kids. This was the first time I gave something to ME and allowed myself the time.

    But the book that took things up a notch and brought it to the next level of enjoyment:

    The Kite Runner (a story of redemption) by Khaled Hosseini
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    The Sound and the Fury by W. Faulkner
    Light In August by W. Faulkner

    KR because it was just such a great story and read. I immediately wanted to read it again upon finishing.

    Faulkner books because I never thought I would have been able to read such difficult books. I took the Oprah book challenge for the first time (I know corny) last summer and used the Boards to help me understand AILD. It took me 3 tries to get 1/3 of the way thru it, but once the light bulb went off........It was AMAZING. I had so much confidence and fell in love with Faulkner's style. If I had read it on my own, I believe I would have thrown the book against the wall in frustration. It was my literary epiphany and got me started in reading some other classic lit.
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  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354
    There is on book that has made a big impact on me and I have read it many times. I actually have two of it.

    It is Swedish and written my Marianne Fredriksson. It is called "Den Som Vandrar om Natten". Translated to "Nightwanderer".
    She has written other books that has reall been good too.

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