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50 Books That Will Change Your Life, According to My Internet Friends

50 Books That Will Change Your Life, According to My Internet Friends

When I found myself in one of the world’s largest independent bookstores surrounded by over 1.5 million books, an existential crisis swept over me…

Okay, not really, but it did have me questioning what books I should spend time reading. We only have a finite amount of time on this planet, and life is too short to read uninteresting sh!t, so…what are the novels I must read before I die? Which books have changed people’s lives? What game-changing authors do I absolutely need to read and know about?

As I do in most cases, I went to the internet.

I asked hundreds of my internet pals (thank you, Skimmbassadors and the Create & Cultivate Facebook group!) these questions, and got more than enough answers to put together a solid list of books for ya.

So, without further ado, here are 50 influential books that will change your life, according to my internet friends:


 Powell’s City Books - Portland, OR

Powell’s City Books - Portland, OR

The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Animal's People - Indra Sinha

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Gartha Stein

The Artists Way - Julia Cameron

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbin

The Awakening - Kate Chopin

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gray

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

Darling Greatly - Dr. Brené Brown

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

I Shouldn't Be Telling You This - Kate White

Ishmael: A Novel - Daniel Quinn

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

The Last Lecture - Jeffrey Zaslow, Randy Pausch

Man's Searching for Meaning - Viktore E. Frankl

1984 - George Orwell

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

The Red Tent: A Novel - Anita Diamant

Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" - Marianne Williamson

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Frank Rodriguez, William Paul Young

She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb

The Things They Carried - Tim O' Brien

Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye - Michael R. LeGault

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

You Are a Badass -Jen Sincero

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

What’s your favorite book on this list? Did your favorite make the cut? Let me know in the comments, and happy reading!

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