You know how you finish a book and the world looks different? You wonder how you even lived before. Now it's no secret that I am a huuuuuge book nerd. It is not uncommon for me to have 2 or 3 books on the go at once, only to start a new one the minute I finish another. But there are some that stay with you, some you read again and again and glean something new with each read and some that you could quote word for word...
So here are 5 of my most highly recommended books to change your life.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I know, I know, so cliche. But something in Liz Gilbert's words really resonated with me. The rock bottom, the pursuit to live a life that you are in perfect alignment with and all the amazing travel anecdotes in between makes it the perfect book in my eyes. You can find so much positivity in here, you can relate with the bad times and see that they too shall pass. And the best bit? You have the power and ability to change anything about your life, in any way you want. If you haven't read it, I couldn't recommend it more highly.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
There is actually a funny story behind me reading this. This book had been in my parents' bookshelf as long as I can remember, I can recall perfectly where it sat and the blue cover with the symbols. Then one day I popped around and pinched a few books to read - this being one of them. I couldn't believe it had been sitting there all this time and I never read it! But as I started reading, I knew that I was meant to wait to read it, to really appreciate the story. Basically, it's an adventurous tale about finding the 9 insights of an ancient manuscript in South America. It's full of spiritual tidbits and a bit of an inside look as you discover each insight. The best part is that depending on where you are on the journey, you can relate to some of the insights (try and not work out which control drama you are!) and see it as entirely plausible, even though it is only a fictional book. There's a reason it's still a best-seller after 20 odd years of circulation!
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
This is where you really find out I'm a huge nerd. It seems an odd choice of book for this list, you would assume I'd pick all spiritual-mindset-change-your-life sorts of books, am I right? But this series changed mine. I know Rowling has come under fire for intertextuality reasons or that the writing in the first few books was simplistic but I don't care. I devoured these books. They occupied my thoughts at work and I was eager to hurry home and continue reading. With The Deathly Hallows, I stayed up all night and read the entire thing on release day. There are not many books that consume me like that. What I took out of these books is that life sometimes isn't fair, but when you have to "choose between what is right and what is easy" you have to keep fighting the good fight. It taught me to be selfless and that there is so much value in helping others, it gave me words to live by and most apt, (and most corny of all) it taught me that love conquers all. Always.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A classic tale with a moral undertone, that has lasted over two centuries since it's publication. I adore it. It's a tale that speaks of the downfalls of certain character traits that get in the way of pure happiness... Which we can all relate to. It has some great humour in it, it is an engagingly well written novel and extremely relatable from start to finish. I saw the bond between Jane and Elizabeth in my own relationship with my sister, I saw the judgements in my own life that proved to be false and impaired a positive outcome and best of all, I saw how overcoming our negative traits can lead to happiness. We get so caught up in what others think and we gossip about people based on rumours and assumptions, instead of meeting them and deciding for ourselves. Such a great message that I will never get tired of reading. Oh, and did I mention I'm a sucker for a good romance?
The Power of One by Bryce Courtney
For anyone who has read this, you cannot fail to be moved by Peekay's story and the ups and downs of his young life. The book comes full circle with justice being served in the most awesome of ways, but first you have to witness all the curve balls life has thrown at a young boy. From this I learnt the power of self-belief, the importance of having amazing people in your corner encouraging you on to greatness and the value of persistence and self-discipline. Again, I know this is fiction, but I believe the most powerful thing about fantastical works is that they can make you relate to them and they can make you believe that anything is possible. A generous soul can spark hope and if you believe in that hope and fan the flame, anything is possible.
Any other book recommendations? I would love some new stuff to read - so hit me up in the comments below.