10 Books That Changed My Life

If you are looking for your next read or looking for books that can put you in the right direction then you should definitely add these books to your reading list. These are 10 books that changed my life, seriously!

I love reading a variety of books to expand my knowledge so do not expect a list of only self-help books (even if there are a few of them on the list).

With a quick explanation of why these books are life-changing, you will definitely be convinced to read them!

10 Books That Changed My Life

List of 10 Books That Changed My Life

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In no particular order:

#1 Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom

One of my favorite books, Tuesday’s With Morrie is based on a true relationship between a professor and his former student. His last lesson is to reveal what he has learned in his life.

Tuesday’s With Morrie will make you laugh, cry, but always smile. It is a heart-warming exchange of information and some of these life lessons will stick with you.

#2 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project is meant to be a life-changing book if you apply what Gretchen has done with her life.

Using the happiness project I began categorizing my life which leads me to set, plan, and achieve my goals.

Of course, I put my own spin on her method, but seeing how she approached her life will guide you in the right direction.

#3 Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I need to start off by saying wow. This book has been so influential for me personally and Glennon’s story is raw and real and lets the readers see her path of growth.

A no-bullshit read about a woman who discovered how the world molded her into what she “thinks she should be”.  How the world tamed her.

This eye-opening read will have you questioning what it means to be you under your definition of you, not what society tells you should be.

Learning to trust yourself and let yourself be who you truly are will change your life, and this book is step one in that direction.

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#4 Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza

I have been trying to increase my spirituality by getting more in touch with myself through meditation. However, for a science geek like me, I need to see the supporting research.

This book is mind-blowing and amazing in showing you, through experiments and cited research, the effects of meditating.

If you feel skeptical about meditation or are looking for that extra push to commit to it then I definitely recommend reading this!

He also dives into meditation methods to give you the most potential.

#5 Forest Therapy by Sarah Ivens

This bookmarked a significant shift in my life because I lost my relationship with nature for a long time and this book allowed me to reconnect and rediscover my love.

I now commit completely to nature and have even created an interactive journal to help others to connect.

This book has completely redirected my life and I am even studying to help climate change.

You can follow my outdoor adventures on my Instagram.

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#6 Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

TW: Suicide and Mental Illness

This book is written so beautifully and strangely, but it all ties together once you finish it.

Mental illness and suicide are hard to navigate especially if you have experienced it personally.

Although I cried a lot while reading this book I found it comforting as I could relate to the words Neal wrote.

#7 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I have read a lot of literature based around the holocaust and WWII, but if I had to pick one for everyone to read it would be Anne Frank’s diary.

It is hard to read and it is hard to imagine the life Anne was faced with, but I think it is so important for people to read these experiences and realize that these were real people with real thoughts and feelings.

This book can help you carry empathy and compassion for the rest of your life.

#8 Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Reclaiming your independence and setting out to test your strengths and willpower is what Cheryl knows all about.

This book left me feeling very inspired and motivated. Cheryl, like Glennon Doyle, felt trapped and unfulfilled and with a traumatic event in her life, she felt she needed to do something.

Reading about her successes, failures, and every thought in between really sparked my own personal thoughts. It definitely helped me consider my independence and what I want to accomplish in my life.

Also reading about her adventure on the Pacific Coast Trail is reason enough to pick up this book!

#9 Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

This book may not apply to everyone, but it completely changed my approach to my relationships and really healed me.

Codependency in a relationship can loosely be defined as being over-invested in another person to the point that you are not taking care of yourself because you are consumed by them. You often try to control them and are instantly impacted by their choices and actions. In trying to “help” a dysfunctional relationship or person you actually become an enabler.

Reading this book required me to do a lot of self-reflecting and I learned a lot about myself and what I needed to work on. I lost myself in trying to “save” other people and almost reached a point where my own mental health was ruined.

Luckily this book was the first step in recovering and I am still recovering and working on myself today!

Dive into codependency and see if this book is necessary for you, it could really change your life!

#10 We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A quick, but powerful read that is actually written from a TED talk.

What it means to be a feminist has definitely become a little debated since people try to silence feminism or discount it by using extremist examples.

I love this read because it truly speaks to what it means to be a feminist, and guess what: we should all be feminists.

These are 10 of the most influential books I have read in the past 5 years and I can say with confidence these are 10 books that changed my life. Either they made me self-reflect, ask myself the important questions, educated me, or even helped me heal. I hope you can find inspiration and motivation from at least one of these 10 amazing reads!

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Amazing Book Haul from Book Outlet: September 2021

Welcome to my first book haul in TWO YEARS! After strictly reading ebooks, I decided I need the cozy and comfortable feeling of a paperback book. 

Using Book Outlet, I found a great stack of books to add to my end-of-year reading list. I tried to gather fiction books, but of course, a non-fiction read snuck into my book haul!

If you have read any of these please let me know in the comments! 

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September 2021 Book Haul

The Art of Racing in the Rain By Garth Stein

This book has been everywhere and honestly, I’ve avoided reading it because I know it will make me cry.

After a year of non-fiction, I’m ready for a book to hurt me again.

Later by Stephen King

This is one of King’s newer books and the perfect spooky read for October. 

Reviews say the writing and story-telling is similar to his other book “It” which makes me even more excited to check it out!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

I’m not a big romance reader, but the synopsis hooked me. 

Basically, the main character wakes up in a different house, with a different man, living a completely different life just to return to her current reality after an hour. 

I need to know if this is just a dream that impacts her life or if this is truly the future and how she gets there. 

I can’t wait to find out!

Rabbit by Patricia Williams

This is my only non-fiction read and I couldn’t let this book slip by as I’m a huge fan of Ms.Pat and even though I know bits and pieces of her story from her podcast – I’d like to read it in her book. 

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

This book was actually recommended to me from a friend of mine on Instagram and looks like such an interesting science fiction read. 

Although it is fiction, it dives into environmental catastrophes and the impact power can have on humans. This read may actually feel too real?

I always ask for book recommendations on my Instagram so feel free to follow me!

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

This is not going to be my first time reading this book, but I’m just as excited to read it!

adored this book when I first read it back in 2017, however I only have an ebook copy and truth be told I did read it in a rush. 

I’ve learned to be more intentional with my reading and I want to really pay attention to the characters and the story!

And that’s my September Book Haul! I’m probably going to wait until December for my next one – so please leave any book recommendations below and sign up for my newsletter to be informed when I post these book reviews!!!

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September 2021 Book Haul

Untamed by Glennon Doyle: Breaking Social Norms and Finding Individuality

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Non Fiction / Autobiography / Memoir

5/5 rating

Please note that I try to keep my reviews fairly brief and mainly discuss my opinions. I do not like to reveal plots or spoilers as I wish the reader to experience it themselves. For anyone looking for a discussion about the contents of the book feel free to contact me! I mainly discuss the writing and my thoughts on the quality of the story. At the end, I include my favorite quotes with a quick discussion on why I chose them. If there is anything I can add to make my reviews better please do not hesitate to let me know!

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 Untamed Review

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Untamed by Glennon Doyle was recommended to me by several podcasts – which is actually where I get most of my reading suggestions!

Every podcast emphasized how important this book is especially in 2020. It covers a wide variety of topics that all tie into being your true self and breaking social norms. 

It is no secret that society has created “labeled boxes” that we should all fit in. Be this, do that, and lose yourself in the process. We cannot lose ourselves.

The beauty about us, like Glennon addresses in Untamed, is that even if we lose ourselves we can break free from the cage and become who we really are

Reasons to Read Untamed?

  • If you love self-help books, Untamed is a great one.
  • LGBTQ+ plays a significant role as Glennon is a religious woman who left her heterosexual marriage and married a woman while maintaining a happy family and staying true to herself.
  • This book can push you in the direction of growth and self-love
  • Become aware of social constructs and learn how they impacted you. You will be surprised by what you learn about yourself.
  • Understand how to educate children, family, and peers to be more open.
  • Learn how to respect your own individuality and the individuality of others!
  • You believe in the power of women and feminism.

Quotes From Untamed by Glennon Doyle

In this section, I share my favorite quotes from the book.

Some quotes I will have a small discussion on what this quote means from my interpretation, but some quotes are so beautiful and influential I like to leave the unique feeling and interpretation to you.

"I have this hunch that everything was supposed to be more beautiful than this." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Trust your gut and listen to it.

"The opposite of sensitive is insensitive, and that's no badge of honor." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Society tries to convince us that being cold and emotionless is a strength. The real strength is in feeling the emotion and getting through it.

"being fully human is not about feeling happy,  it's about  feeling everything." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

"NOT tHIS" IS A VERY IMPORTANT STAGE. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

One of my favorite quotes from the book. 

The “Not This” stage is not discussed enough. How will you ever figure out your path if you do not realize what you do not want? We are not all lucky enough to get on the right path instantly by chance.

When you find yourself on the wrong path, appreciate that you know what you don’t want – and move in a different direction.

"Dealing with the dropped shoe is less paralyzing, apparently,  than waiting for that shoe to drop." untamed by Glennon Doyle

"It takes special bravery to honor yourself  when the crowd is pressuring you not to.  it's easier just to give in." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Being true to yourself takes bravery.

"I stopped being  a quiet peacekeeper  and started being  a loud peacemaker.  MY ANGER WAS GOOD." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The ones who want to silence you will always tell you you’re too loud. Use your voice and anger for a change!

"pEOPLE ARE TELLING US THE TRUTH FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE TRUTH FEELS LIKE AN ATTACK BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN PROTECTED BY COMFORTABLE LIES  FOR SO LONG." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

When you feel attacked, first ask yourself why?

"WHILE ROCK BOTTOM FEELS LIKE THE END -  IT'S ALWAYS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

When you feel like all is lost, just remember you will find your way. The first step has to come from somewhere, even if somewhere is a dark place.

"GOOD ART ORGINATES NOT FROM THE DESIRE TO SHOW OFF BUT FROM THE DESIRE TO SHOW YOURSELF." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

"SOMEBODY'S GOT TO MAKE IT. WHY NOT YOU?" Untamed by Glennon Doyle

This quote stuck with me and I want to carry it with me. If someone is going to reach their dreams, why not you?

"I WILL NOT STAY, NOT EVER AGAIN - IN A ROOM OR CONVERSATION OR RELATIONSHIP OR INSTITUTION THAT REQUIRES ME TO ABANDON MYSELF." Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Set your boundaries and make them known.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle is not only a book many of us should read, it’s a book many of us need to read. Covering topics that are often seen as “taboo” when they are the topics we should be talked about. 
Pick up this book and learn more about yourself and your relationship with what you believe versus what others believe. Realize where you stand, where you want to be, and act accordingly.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel: Book Review

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Classic / Fiction / Adventure

5/5 rating

Please note that I try to keep my reviews fairly brief and mainly discuss my opinions. I do not like to reveal plots or spoilers as I wish the reader to experience it themselves. For anyone looking for a discussion about the contents of the book feel free to contact me! I mainly discuss the writing and my thoughts on the quality of the story. In the end, I include my favorite quotes with a quick discussion on why I chose them. If there is anything I can add to make my reviews better please do not hesitate to let me know!

Disclaimer: Some links on this page may be affiliate links and if there is a purchase made through them I can earn a commission from the sale. The decision to make a purchase through these links is entirely up to the reader. 

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 Life of Pi Review

Life of Pi by Yann Martel is one of the several books on my TBR list for 2020. This read was long overdue since it is a popular classic that is recommended by many people. And now I am recommending you read it too.

Life of Pi is a story about a young man who discusses his adventure over the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck that involves a tiger. Yes, a tiger with the name Richard Parker.

Pi (Piscine) is curious about religion and his position within it. It brings a great discussion about beliefs and social constructs surrounding religion. I am not a religious person, but the discussions about religion in this novel were fascinating to read because it really made the reader think and it revealed a lot about the main character.

Pi’s family owned a zoo, which is where the tiger comes from. The book includes a lot of information, facts, and discussions about zoos and the animals within it. I also think it is a good educator for the readers!

Pi and his family are relocating to Canada and like Noah and his ark take their zoo animals on a ship to be shipped off to other zoos as they embark on their new life in Canada. An issue occurs and the ship they are riding on goes down in the middle of the night. The rest of the story revolves around Pi’s survival on a lifeboat and raft with several zoo animals that escaped the shipwreck. A zebra, hyena, orangutan, and of course Richard Parker.

The story is graphic and a little violent, but that is expected when you are fighting for your life on a lifeboat filled with zoo animals. Pi’s story has many ups and downs and there is never a dull moment. I was glued to the book wondering what would happen next, could Pi really survive this?

The most significant part of this story comes in the last chapters. After you follow Pi’s adventure and read the horrible events that happened on the lifeboat the ending plot twist ties every doubt and question you have together. Every question is answered in the final moments of this book, and a single quote spoken by Pi himself makes this book one of the greatest of all time. 

Quotes From Life of Pi

In this section, I share my favorite quotes from the book.

Some quotes I will have a small discussion on what this quote means from my interpretation, but some quotes are so beautiful and influential I like to leave the unique feeling and interpretation to you.

Many of us lose sight of the importance of creativity and imagination.

We lose our own and appreciation for other artistic expressions.

We need to reclaim it because it is the art that makes life worthwhile.

This quote comes from Pi thinking about the zoo his family used to own.

I love how it summarized how it feels to reflect on a memory.

Something that was so large and influential now fits into a thought inside your head.

When reading this part of the book it is a very eye-opening moment.

I think many will interpret it differently, but for me, I related to this one realization because it reflected how worrying about something does not help you and oftentimes you are not even worrying about the right thing.

Oftentimes the thing you are worrying about will not even happen.

No matter where you stand when it comes to religion, beliefs, and spirituality.

When life gets hard and you find yourself feeling low, you find yourself searching for something bigger than life to give you the answers.

It could be the universe, nature, a god, anything! No matter what you look for, you are looking for something or someone in a time of need.

Many people are stuck in their ways and want to live in what is comfortable.

You do not grow there.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel is easily one of the best books I have ever read. I was skeptical as I was reading, but the very last chapter changes the entire perspective and leaves you shocked and amazed. Brilliant story-telling and eye-opening discussions. I recommend this book to everyone.

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