There is nothing better than sitting down on a cold day with a blanket, a cup of tea and a really good book to take your mind off the stresses of life. There are plenty of captivating genres and inspiring stories that could capture your heart and keep you thinking about them for days on end.
Some stories could even change your life if something really resonates with you. The words of many of these talented and wise authors could stay in your mind as you make certain decisions or encourage you to change your opinions, lifestyle or perspective of a certain way of life.
Here are 20 incredible books that could change your life.
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1. Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
Chanel Miller’s victim impact statement went viral after Brock Turner sexually assaulted her on campus at Stanford University. She tells her side of the story in this raw memoir Know My Name. In a world where conversations about sexual assault have come out of the shadows and some perpetrators have been asked to answer for their actions, her story explores the feelings of shame victims may feel and the courage must hold to keep moving forward which could help inform your opinions on what is acceptable in today’s society.
2. Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottieb
Our mental health is something we should be talking about more and this therapist-turned patient’s book is an interesting way to learn more about it. Telling the story of the relationship between two therapists, New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb provides a way for us to look inside ourselves and learn about our natural power to combat the demons that weigh us down in Maybe You Should Talk To Someone.
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3. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
In a world where technology rules our lives, Cal Newport opens our eyes to the concept of Digital Minimalism in his book by the same name. Although it may seem impossible to put down your phone sometimes, Cal’s ideas may open our eyes to the benefits of digital minimalism and encourage us to rethink our relationship with the online and offline worlds. You may surprise yourself and end up rediscovering yourself in the process.
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4. How To Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
In our busy lives, it seems that our to do lists are never done, especially for women. In her book How to Get Sh*t Done, Erin Falconer provides real-life advice and stories from her own career to help women change how they view productivity and focus on what matters to them rather than other people. If this resonates with you, give this a crack.
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5. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
If you have the ambition to be a leader, you may seek inspiration from other great leaders in history. Simon Sinek centres Start With Why on the philosophy of many of them, which is to start with the reason why. This book could inspire a change in your mindset as you learn about how this concept is successful from a real-life perspective.
6. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Good habits can be a powerful thing if we are looking to become a better person. From waking up at the same time every morning to exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, the key to creating these positive habits is making a change. Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit helps readers understand how changing their habits could be connected to greater success in life.
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7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
As an older classic, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is a good choice for anyone’s reading list. A fictional tale about a shepherd boy named Santiago who travels to the Egyptian desert to find some buried treasure. Along the way, he meets a series of people who help him find his way. The story encourages us to learn how our dreams can change and why it is important to listen to our hearts.
8. Educated by Tara Westover
As far as inspiring stories go, this is a great one to pick up. Telling her own story in Educated, Tara Westover recounts her journey as she educated herself to the point that she was accepted to attend Brigham Young University to study history. She also attended other prestigious universities during her time. If you are looking to become a self-starter, this story gives hope to those who may not have a support system.
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9. Quiet by Susan Cain
Any introvert will understand the difficulty of standing out in a society that favours extroverted qualities. Susan Cain touches on this in Quiet, while highlighting some successful introverts who have broken the glass ceiling. If you pick up this book, you may find your perspective on introverts change as you learn just how important they are.
10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The way in which you grow up may impact the way you think about money. But what if you have access to both sides of the scale? Robert Kiyosaki explains how his father and his best friend’s father both changed the way he thought about finances and investing. Rich Dad, Poor Dad may work in a similar way for you.
11. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This may be a title you have heard of, given that it has been around since 1936, but never read. Maybe it’s time that changed. Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People can help you learn how to win people over and measure up in this highly competitive world.
"When dealing with people let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity." -Dale Carnegie, How to win friends and influence people#quote #leadership
— Elena Rodighiero (@ElenaRodighiero) November 13, 2019
12. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Good productivity could start from having a morning full of positive habits. You may have heard someone talk about Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning before, which explains six habits you can do after you wake up to start your day off right. After reading you may want to give them a go and see if they work for you.
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13. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Conversations about race are also being opened up and many are choosing to educate themselves about the struggles of people of colour. In terms of Australian titles, there are a wide range to choose from, but Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu could be a great place to start. The book explores what Australia was like before European settlement, providing a new perspective on Australia’s history.
14. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
On a more worldwide scale, Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race could also be helpful when taking the time to educate yourself about the current climate. The book delves into race in Australia and the issues that are associated with that, providing perspective on the things that are happening overseas and at home.
15. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
The idea of beauty has been something that has been chopped and changed over the years, but still has a long way to go. Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth talks about the world’s obsession with physical beauty and the effects it has of the modern woman, unveiling this reality to the possibly unaware reader.
16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Another classic novel by one of Russia’s most famous authors, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a beautifully tragic story of a girl who leaves her old life for a new one. It is a wonderful story that may stay with you as one of the most compelling stories you’ve read.
17. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White
If you’re just starting out in the workforce or looking to get back into the game, Kate White’s I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is a guide for women who want to succeed in the workforce. It may provide tips and strategies that could change the way you act in the workplace.
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18. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
It’s a classic Christmas story that we all know and love, but has anyone actually read the book? Telling the story of a man who is visited by three ghosts on a single night, the nostalgic tale of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens could be just what you need on a cold night. It could allow you to think about your actions and the consequences they may have when it comes to others.
19. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This is one for the creative souls in the room. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is a great book to inspire the creativity in everyone to come out by really nailing the problems and pressure points that may be stopping the flow of ideas. Allow yourself to rediscover what you are passionate about and find the love in it again.
20. Dear Debt: A Book About Breaking Up With Debt by Melanie Lockert
While there are a range of books that could help you with your finances, Melanie Lockert’s Dear Debt: A Book About Breaking Up With Debt could help you change one of your worst money habits. This book could help you break your habit of racking up debt through her great tips and strategies as you take steps towards financial freedom.
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Words by Jessica Testa
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