Books That Changed My Life14 Jul
Every once in awhile a book comes along that is life changing. It’s the type of read that draws you in immediately, causing you to completely forget the world around you. And when you finish that book, you may even feel like a different person on some level because it just seems to stick with you.
We know this feeling here at Booktrack. We get it because we’ve been there often. So we asked our team to share their life changing reads. Read on, maybe you’ll find your next life changing read …
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
When I was 18, shortly after graduating high school I left for a 3 month trip to Costa Rica. It was my first time out on my own, in a foreign country, feeling very far away from my family. I read the Lord of Rings during this trip and instantly felt a kinship with Frodo. Both of us were experiencing a world so much bigger than the Shire (or in my case Regina, Saskatchewan). Both feeling the elation of meeting new friends, the despair of homesickness, and ultimately finding it in ourselves to endure hardship and conquer evil (a nasty sunburn followed by Montezuma’s revenge in my tale). When I finished the trilogy, it was like saying goodbye to an old friend, but I hung on….studied the maps, read the appendix, and luckily got to spend another 3 years watching the film.
-Justine from Booktrack
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged changed my attitude towards life. I was an Engineering student in India, at Engineering college far away from home. My friends and I were exploring new things every day, challenging the norms and pushing ourselves to the limit. We were away from home and learning to live on our own. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I learned a lot about myself at the time. After hearing a lot about Atlas Shrugged, I borrowed it from one of my friends and could not put it down once I started reading it. Atlas Shrugged, for those who have not read it, introduces characters with different and contrasting philosophical thoughts. It challenges you to evaluate the actions of these characters using your own reasoning and logical thinking. This book changed my attitude towards life in a positive way and taught me a lot, it helped me to step back and analyze the world around me in order to be more perceptive. After finishing this book, I was mentally exhausted but highly satisfied. I still use what I learned from this book today and I hope to read it again once more very soon.
-Ashish from Booktrack (Pictured centre bottom in the above photo)
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Though I can think of many books that have had an effect on my life I would have to say that one of the first books that really sunk in, in a completely new way, would have to be “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. My English Teacher Mr. Webb made me read it either Grade 11 or 12. Written as series of letters from the author poet to a younger aspiring poet, Rilke revealed a whole new way of thinking for me. For sure it played into my very idealistic sense of the world but it also provided a new set of questions to ask about oneself in the pursuit of those ideals. I felt like the book launched me forward into some sort of foreign and unfamiliar land – and it was exciting. It was this book that inspired me to travel after high school – which is where my picture is from.
-Cam from Booktrack
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
What books have you read that changed your life? Share the titles on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the hashtag #BigReads and we’ll feature the list in an upcoming blog post.
Here are some we’ve also received from fans and authors.
— Robert Swartwood (@RobertSwartwood) July 13, 2016
@Booktrack Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Lord of the Rings, Heart of Darkness, The Handmaid's Tale, and Johnny Got His Gun.
— Leslie Goodreid (@Leslie_Goodreid) July 13, 2016
@Booktrack Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. And Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate.
— Hugh Howey (@hughhowey) July 17, 2016
The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell. It ignited a long dormant passion for reading! https://t.co/hB8r8PFPsj
— Eliza Green (@elizagreenbooks) July 16, 2016
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
We also had an author respond and connect with a fan!
@Booktrack So glad the book gave you something when you needed it! <3
— Jennifer Castle (@Jennifer_Castle) July 17, 2016
Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Nemesis by Anna Banks