Life Changing Books

10 Books That Will Change Your Perspective On Life

Not to be dramatic, but the fact that there is so much life packed between pages, is overwhelming.


2018 was a sh*t year, in every sense possible. Not only was life difficult, but I also stopped doing the thing that kept me sane - reading. In 2018, I read one book. One. That is not like me. Now that I started reading again, I realized why I's because I read things that are uncomfortable. I'm that annoying person that's always growing and learning, but also getting angry while doing so.

I've always struggled between knowledge and ignorance. The more independent I become, the more I daydream about just quitting (life) and marrying rich. I don't have to struggle this hard, and learn all these brutal life lessons, I can just sit pretty and enjoy life...but that's also not very fulfilling. Being pretty is too easy. All I have to do is cake on my face, wear something short, and I get whatever I want, it's not really worth it.

I've decided to share my favorite reading list, actually my only reading list. These are the books that I've read throughout my lifetime, and actually hold a valuable piece of who I've become. They've made me angry, happy, irritated, and sad. But mostly, they've made me feel (especially in moments I didn't want to). Now that I'm typing this it feels a little too personal to share, but it's too late to back down.

1. "Nothing Good Can Come From This" by Kristi Coulter

Eight pages in, and I'm angry. I had to put the book down. Last week I actually had something really weird happen to me. I saw a close friend in a different light, and it scared me because we were on such different levels. I guess it was only scary, because we used to be on the same level, and by not having someone on my level, made me feel alone. I always have this issue, were I intellectually outgrow someone and it hurts every time. (Good news, sometimes it's only temporary and you can meet this person in a few years after they have grown out of that phase).

I realized that I have a few close friends who share similar experiences in all aspects of life. When Coulter mentions micro-aggression, I was triggered! I have screenshots, of guys who are in my platoon that have, literally sh*t you not, take their anger out on me. (At least) they've apologized for whatever personal issue/frustration made them take out their aggression on me. I recommend this book if you want to know more about modern forms of women struggles in the workforce, which literally applies to everyone 20 and up.

"And there's no easy way to be a woman because there's no acceptable way to be a woman. And if there's no acceptable way to be the thing that you are, then maybe you drink a little. Or a lot" (Coulter, 8).

2. "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman

I started reading this book when I was 16. I know, I do this to myself. I'm pretty sure this is the first book that made me "like realize stuff", so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only did I base 90% of my Laureate research off it, but also gifted it to my high school crush.

"In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears-and that is our problem."

This quote has resonated with me since I was young and continues to resonate with everything I find myself doing. The fact that we grow up thinking that success lies within disgusting amounts of wealth, and name brands is not right. The fact that there is a place (countries) that have role models that are decent human beings sounds WILD. This book also discusses perspectives regarding immigration, and the reason behind resentment towards immigrants lies in the fact that now ANYONE can become wealthy, which means that the 1% will soon have to start sharing (their wealth)! Know what sharing means? Less for them, and more for everyone!

3. "Milk & Honey" by Rupi Kaur

In the midst of all these scary thoughts and conspiracies, I've come to find my peace in poetry. I don't care if I'm basic, because I love this book so much I got the word 'honey' tattooed. I have two copies of it, one for me and one so my friends can borrow. I legit have the most of the book covered with dog ears (folding at the corner of the page), and I'm not ashamed.

I found this book during my study abroad in Jordan. I remember the feeling of opening this book because I had deja vu. Me reading that book, felt like it was meant to be, at that moment, I was meant to read that book, thousands of miles away from the only home I've ever known.

"how is it so easy for you
to be kind to people
he asked

milk and honey dripped
from my lips as I answered

cause people have not
been kind to me"

4. "That Was Then, This is Now" by S. E. Hinton

Am I the only one obsessed with "The Outsiders"? Not only was the book hard to put down, but the movie was just as addicting, if not more. Aside from Tom Cruise (he looks like a rat); young Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, and C. Thomas Howell were the most attractive guys I've ever seen in my entire life! Maybe it's just my slight obsession with greasers, but I cannot get over how attractive they were. Since I was obsessed with this book, I looked for more, and I happen to stumble upon "That Was Then, This is Now", which is a book on the other gangs that interacted with the guys from "The Outsiders". I was in 8th grade when I read this book, and the ending f*cked me up emotionally, I could not stop crying for weeks!

"It seemed impossible that I could once feel so emotional about someone, and then suddenly feel nothing".

Was this foreshadowing my future years to come, who knows?

5. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

This is the book I read, before I felt drawn to the Middle East. After reading this book, I swore to myself that this would never happen to a child. I don't really know what I'm going to have for dinner in a couple of hours, but I know that I want to adopt a child from Syria.

"And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too."

6. "Lost Connections" by Johann Hari

I still haven't been able to finish this book. It's very triggering. I started reading it when Grace was alive, and I can't read it without imagine what she must of felt... hopefully I'll finish it soon! This book speaks about human nature, and ways in which sadness is seen as weakness.

Personally I've come to terms with my college experience. It was the exact opposite of what I was expecting. I thought I was going to be partying and having fun 24/7. I thought I was going to find my bridesmaids. Lol, I thought I was going to be happy. It's been rewarding don't get me wrong, but if I knew it was going to be this difficult, I wouldn't have done any of it. Reading this book made me realize that it's okay. It's okay to mourn the college experience I thought I was going to have.

"What if depression is, in fact, a form of grief—for our own lives not being as they should? What if it is a form of grief for the connections we have lost, yet still need?"

7. "Why Men Love Bitches" by Sherry Argov

At first, I thought this book was a joke... But then I realize the truth that it holds. Hopefully, most of the book is not a surprise. Hopefully you know most of these things... but if that's not the case, good luck!

"Men control the world, but women control the men."

8. "Witch" by Lisa Lister

I just finished reading this, like yesterday. I'm not sure what to think of it yet. I mean I appreciate most of what it had, but I was uncomfortable at times. Mostly because I grew up Roman Catholic, and my mom would probably have a heart attack if she even found out I read this book.

It had a lot of interesting points, but the capitalization of certain words threw me off. I do think that the main takeaway is how incomplete we are as women. I can personally tell you, that I don't know what I'm looking for, but I know I'm missing something. Not sure if it's something I have to find within myself... or within more experiences... or if I'll ever find that thing that it's missing, when I can't even describe what it is I'm missing...

"… What would the cosmetic surgery industry do if women embraced the unchanging beauty within them, instead of obsessing about the ever-changing patriarchal representations of external beauty?"

9. "Dracula" by Bram Stoker

I was so tempted to post all my favorite Dracula quotes under this category. There was something dark and mysterious about this book, that made me want to read it more. I'm not sure where I've heard of Dracula, but I knew most of the story. I mean, I know we all know Dracula, but how? It's one of those stories, that as I read I already knew what was coming, but enjoyed to read... Then I realized that I've never read it, so how did I know about it to begin with... Is this a story we are all just born knowing?

"Despair has its own calms."

10. "The Motivation Manifesto" by Brendon Burchard

I read the first couple of chapters (in high school), before I gave it to my ex. I really liked what it had to say, and I thought that I would eventually buy it again, but I didn't, until now. Sometimes I lose my motivation, or I get too caught up in my own problems that I just lose my vision.

"We have patiently suffered long enough, hoping that someone or some kind of luck would one day grant us more opportunity and happiness. But nothing external can save us, and the fateful hour is at hand when we either become trapped at this level of life or we choose to ascend to a higher plane of consciousness and joy. In this ailing and turbulent world, we must find peace within and become more self-reliant in creating the life we deserve."

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13 Of The Best, Most Famous Poems Ever Written

Masterpieces by some of our favorites like as Shakespeare, John Donne, and Homer.

Some of us read poetry for an eager and fast escape from this world. On the other hand, some of us read poetry solely to share it with the ones we love. There are miracles on paper that can easily be forgotten about if we let them be. The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Homer, and more. It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. So grab a pen, and interpret these poems in your own, unique way.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil's foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

2. “Drinking Alone in the Moonlight” - Li Po

Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,

No friends at hand, so I poured alone;

I raised my cup to invite the moon,

Turned to my shadow, and we became three.

Now the moon had never learned about drinking,

And my shadow had merely followed my form,

But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;

To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;

Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.

Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;

Drunk, then each went off on his own.

But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,

We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

3. “Sonnet 18” - William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

4. “The World Is Too Much with Us” - William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

5. “She Walks in Beauty” - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

6. “How Do I Love Thee?”- Elizabeth Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

7. “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” -Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

8. The Jabberwocky” - Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

9. “Tears Fall in My Heart” - Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart

Rain falls on the town;

what is this numb hurt

that enters my heart?

Ah,the soft sound of rain

on roofs, on the ground!

To a dulled heart they came,

ah, the song of the rain!

Tears without reason

in the disheartened heart.

What? no trace of treason?

This grief's without reason.

It's far the worst pain

to never know why

without love or disdain

my heart has such pain!

10. “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

11. “The Panther” - Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,

has grown so weary that it cannot hold

anything else. It seems to him there are

a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

the movement of his powerful soft strides

is like a ritual dance around a center

in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils

lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,

rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,

plunges into the heart and is gone.

12. “Sea Fever” - John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

13. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" -Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Save these poems for your next coffee shop date or solitude moment. You might be surprised at how much you can find yourself in a poem.

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10 Of My Favorite Quotes From Books That Actually Mean Something

Never underestimate the power of a book.


I've loved reading ever since I was little. I always had a book to read, there was just something about getting lost in the words with the characters that made me feel right at home. With getting back to college, I don't really have time to read but I try to read a book every few months or so.

I've kept a note document in my phone of all the quotes in books that have spoken to me and inspired me or made me feel emotion whether that was sadness, hope, or motivation. These are books that I've read a long time ago and recently.

1. "It's ok to mourn your dreams that have died." - 100 Days to Brave

This book was given to me by a friend when I was going through a tough time and I was trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted from life. This is so true and it's important for us to realize that not all dreams might be possible and it's ok to be sad about that for a little while and then pick yourself up.

2. "Like everything in life, I just had to decide what to do with what I was given." - New Moon

The Twilight Saga. So iconic in so many ways. Carlisle said this to Bella when he was telling her his story about becoming a vampire. He didn't choose that life but he did choose to do something good with it.

3. "How often we sin, how much we deceive, and all for what?... all will end in death." - War and Peace

War and Peace is a huge book and it's a challenge to read but very rewarding. Leo Tolstoy published the book in 1869. It's true that we will all die so why do people do the cruel things that they do?

4. "I saw that they were no longer boastful, joking lads. The music in the valley made them almost elderly." - Of Men and War

This book is by far one of my favorites. I recently read it earlier this year and I think about it all the time. We don't really think about past wars and even the present wars and think about the survivors and veterans. This book will make you appreciate all that the past soldiers and the freedom that we have. Thank a veteran today.

5. "Most people see what they expect." - East of Eden

There are so many takeaways from this book. John Steinbeck was a very odd writer but he wrote some amazing books. East of Eden is a great book but for one who truly wants to read it. If you're just looking for something to read pick something easier because it's a challenge. A lot of people just see what they want to see or see what they expect without having an open mind.

6. "Young men's love, then, lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes." - Romeo and Juliet

Friar Lawrence was so right about this one. A lot of people think they're in love but it's just infatuation.

7. "For time is enhanced by the gift of solitude." - Reflections from the North Country

This is such a good book. It really gets the reader connected with nature and the desire to be alone and reflect.

8. "Anything essential is invisible to the eye."- The Little Prince

Material things don't matter as much as we think they do. Yes, shelter, food and all that is essential but love, honesty, faith, and the like are much more important than any material thing.

9. "A soldier should know the difference between words and deed and keep that knowledge clear in his brain." - Beowulf

As much as I don't like how this book ends, I do really like the lessons that it teaches. It doesn't have to mean just a soldier. It can mean anyone. You and me. Everyone should know the difference between an action and just saying they'll do it. If you say you're going to do something, then do it.

10. "When you know a friend is there, you do not go to see him. Then he is gone and you blast your conscience to shreds that you did not see him." - East of Eden

This is such a good quote. We think that our friends will be around for forever but really no one will be around for forever. Life is so short and anything can happen. Love your friends and go see them.


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