Today’s topic is: Books that Influenced My Life
Well, any time i see topics about “books that changed your life or influenced your life” The replies and the comments always read like a highschool mandatory reading list😁. these books, while great, are read at a time when people are still very emotional, impressionable, and malleable.
Today I’ve decided go the other way and talk about books that changed, rocked me, or devastated me as an adult; at a time when I’ve had a good number of years to have myself and the world around me figured out.
(I’m still figuring myself and the world out as it’s a continuous process but I’m sure you get the gist)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books I’ve ever read, and made me think about relationships, society, and the self in ways I never had before.
You probably should give it a go
3. Dance Dance Dance
I’m getting close to 30! Yep! Crossed mid-20s already and I would definitely not say I’ve got the world figured out in any way. Reading Dance Dance Dance made me realise it’s ok to be alone, that I don’t have to be ashamed or embarrassed about being introverted and isolated.
4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
Aside from recognizing that her technique in that book is hella bonkers, yes! I said it! reading it as an adult has helped me empathize with a lot of different people, which is a marked change from the heroic-protagonist stuff of my youth… And it’s encouraged me to seek out the sublime in everyday, while learning to accept my own failures, mediocrities, and insecurities in a healthy way.
5. The Art Of Happiness: A Handbook For Living
6. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
One of the most fascinating and thought provoking books I’ve ever read. I love learning about the origins of the human species and the remarkable events surrounding our “rise to the top.” I also think that when we look at the subject of personal development against the backdrop of evolutionary biology, it can give us a better understanding of how to work with our hardwired brains, rather than against them.
7. The Alchemist
This is one of those timeless stories whose life lessons will stay with you forever. It resonated with me on such a deep level the first time I read it. To this day, it still gives me goosebumps when I reread this magical fable.
8. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is still maybe the most gut wrenching and emotional book I’ve ever read, and also one of the most virtuosically written.
This is the tale from the point of view of a pedophile: Humbert Humbert (crazy name, if you ask me). As a child, Humbert was never able to consummate his relationship to Annamarie before she died; as an adult, he is uncomfortably interested in little girls, whom he calls “nymphets”. He journeys from Europe to America, and there, he meets Dolores Haze, the girl he calls “Lolita”.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that made me repulsed and awestruck simultaneously. I am repulsed because of the actions of Humbert; I am awestruck because of the beautiful language.
9. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
Don’t let the title fool you, it’s actually a really insightful read. Main idea of the book is that you need to decide what is truly important to you and stop giving your precious energy and time to everything that isn’t.
Life is simple unless you make it difficult. There are many things in life you don’t need to pay attention to and this book shows you how to do it.
10. The Power Of Now by ECKHART TOLLE
You are a miracle. You already have everything you need. You already are everything you want to be and this book will show you how to fight your ego to become more content and present.
This book brought me back to reality and the joy and acceptance of living in the ‘now