Life-changing books provide a haven from the harsh realities of life, but now and then, you stumble across a book that follows us into the real world. It is a book that forces us to think about ourselves and dramatically transforms our perspective: they’re difficult to come by, but once you do, they’re impossible to forget. You collected together several bestsellers that have left an impression on millions, from Toni Morrison’s Beloved to Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, below.
‘Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beloved, Toni Morrison’s fifth novel, is about a slave who flees Kentucky for Ohio but remains enslaved while dealing with the trauma of losing her unnamed child.
This did a National Book Award finalist in 1987 and is based on a simple story.
‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem’ by Joan Didion
It’s challenging to pick Joan Didion’s most influential book, but Slouching Towards Bethlehem comes out on top because of her seminal essay “Goodbye to All That,” included in this collection. You’ll be able to connect to this if you’ve ever fallen in and out of love with a city.
‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens
The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens alternates between the storey of a young girl named Kya and a murder case being investigated by a sheriff who believes Kya had something to do with it. The life-changing books has been on the bestseller list for hundreds of weeks.
‘Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle
You can accomplish difficult things, as Glennon Doyle so eloquently puts it in her book Untamed. Her memoir is chock-full of advice on how to live our most true lives and, quite simply, become untamed. You’ll be ready to transform your life by the end of the book.
‘How to Be an Antiracist’ by Ibram X. Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi is a lesson on the talks about racism that America isn’t having, showing us how to address our country’s dark history and what true equality looks like.
‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
Italy. India. Bali. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert has inspired women worldwide to buy a ticket and abandon the life society expects them to live in favour of an unpredictable, messy, and wonderful trip.
‘Giovanni’s Room’ by James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin was a pioneering work for its day, and it remains a literary classic for its LGBTQ+ representation. The storey revolves around David, an American ex-pat, and Giovanni, an Italian immigrant, his ex-lover.
Life-changing books have a tremendous amount of power. They can draw us in, take us on journeys, and change our minds. They can teach us, move us, provide us with new views, and help us develop ourselves. The most powerful ones, on the other hand, can impact our lives permanently.