Five Books That Changed My Life

5 Books That Changed My Life

These novels have the power to make you feel like you're on top of the world.


Reading is my favorite hobby. I have read a myriad of books and loved most of them. But there are a select few that have changed my life. These novels have the power to make you feel like you're on top of the world. I believe that everyone should pick up these books if they want their lives to be transformed in a way they never thought possible.

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Follow this duology into the heart of Ketterdam, a city run by the notorious criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Brekker and his gang of misfits, thieves, and murders are complacent in their duties until they are approached to complete an impossible heist. It's up to six criminals to save an entire race of people. Will they succeed? The book is filled with magic, mayhem, and mystery. I promise you will be sitting on the edge of your seat for the entire book. I know many people aren't high fantasy lovers, but Six of Crows is my favorite book of all time, so naturally, it has to be on this list. The way you view criminals will completely shift after reading this novel. For me, it was easy to write off every person with a criminal record as a bad person, but now I look a little more closely at "bad" people because they might not be so "bad" after all.

2. The Kiss of Deception by Maggie E. Pearson

This book follows Princess Lia as she is to follow out her duty as the first daughter and participate in an arranged marriage. Though, at last minute decided to run away from everything she's ever known. Her betrothed and an assassin set out to find her, though you can't tell who is the assassin or the man left waiting at the altar. It took me a long time to pick up this book because I didn't believe it was worth the hype. But then I started reading it, and I couldn't put it down. This world is so intricate and full of life. Every plot twist has you shaken to your core. This book showed me that I can be headstrong resilient. The goals that others want for me aren't the goals I have to adopt and setting out to be my own person is the best thing I can do for myself.

3. Commonwealth by Anne Patchett

Commonwealth is a coming-of-age novel about two families who are destined to be intertwined when Bert Cousins arrives unannounced to Franny Keating's christening. From that moment the story unravels into a beautiful tale about love, family, and heartbreak. I love this book because the characters have faults and don't always do the right thing but stick together regardless. Commonwealth paints a memorable and radiant tale of what family really is. Commonwealth taught me that no matter how, broken, screwed up, or different a family might seem, they are beautiful and necessary to one's betterment throughout life.

4. City of Thieves

City of Thieves is another book I picked up on a whim but fell in love with instantly. This novel follows Lev Beniov in Russia during World War II. Beniov lands in jail where he meets army deserter Kolya. They meet the general and are given the impossible task of finding a dozen eggs during the Nazi siege of Leningrad. If they don't find the eggs, they will be executed. This book has a beautiful yet haunting way of depicting the horrors of World War II and how it affected the Russian people. This book made me scream, cry, and yearn to help the people having to suffer so terribly. The Holocaust was trying and terrible time; people all over the world had to endure major trauma to survive the evil of fascists and ignoramuses. I also learned that bad times don't last forever. Perseverance is the key to every situation.

5. The Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles tells a story about greed and corruption with common fairy tales, starting with Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing. Cinder's evil stepmother sells her for research when her youngest daughter contracts an incurable disease. Luckily the prince of New Beijing is there to rescue Cinder. As they start falling for each other, Cinder finds out some secrets about her past that could destroy any future they plan. The Lunar Chronicles is over-flowing adventure, romance, and cute friendships. Likewise, I ignored the Lunar Chronicles for years. Many people told me to pick this series up, but I didn't for some inane reason or another. When I finally did, it was I couldn't have been more ecstatic about what I found. The Lunar Chronicles is an action-filled series from start to finish. The series taught me to be true to who I am. The world may not like who I am or what I have to offer, but I am secure in that fact that my motives drive me towards good and not evil.

These books have taught me a lot but also were the things I needed when life got too overwhelming. It's easy to get caught up in all the stress of life, but these novels made it possible for me to slow down and enjoy the time in which I was reading them. Whether you need to laugh a little, cry, smile, be serious, or lose yourself, each one of these can help you get to where you need to be.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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A series telling the true experiences of modern day college students.


Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.

Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.

You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

The best way to deal with it all, find someone!

Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.

If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.


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