Top 10 ‘Life Changing’ Books

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I don’t really think I have what I would consider ‘life changing’ books, but I do have books that have impacted me in some way or another. It may not be in a life altering way, but there are certain books that have always stayed with me either because of the emotions they caused me to feel, or because it changed something for me. I’m a huge fan of rereading books, especially old favorites and when I read one of these books, it brings back all these old feelings of the first time I read the book. Here are some books that really left an impact on me:

Top 10 ‘Life Changing’ Books:

 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Yep, I had to add Twilight to my list! In fact, this is the book that brought on this post. I was sitting outside with my neighbors the other day and one of my neighbors was reading a book and they got to talking about how obsessed they were about Twilight when they first read it and I was one of those Twilight obsessed readers too. Is Twilight the greatest story/love story there is? Nope, but man did it hook me in. It didn’t matter that I hated Bella or that Jacob got in my nerves and it was so freaking cheesy at times, I was pretty much glued to one of the books in this series. I was already a big reader before these books made their way to my shelves, but I mostly read chick lit. I believe these were my first real Young Adult books as well as my first vampire/paranormal books and after this I just wanted to read every YA/paranormal series I could get my hands on.

The Undomestic Goddess
Before this, I was mostly reading Sweet Valley University books (I had the whole collection). My sister came to my parents house one day and she had a stack of colorful books. Since she has an even worse memory than I do, she forgot them and I picked one up to read. My first book of the pile was The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella and it was so freaking funny! After this I was hooked on chick lit books for a while.

Agnes and the Hitman
One of the other books in that pile was Agnes and the Hitman. At first, I was a little bit put off because there was people with guns and the hero was a professional killer and I was like what? I thought this was a romance?! But then I quickly fell in love with this ‘killer romance’ type of books that reminded me so much of Jason Morgan from General Hospital. I’m not sure if most of you know, but books with killers are a weakness of mine and I have several on my favorites list and it’s all thanks to this book (which is also pretty fucking hilarious!).

Truly Madly Yours (Truly, Idaho, #1)
The last book in that pile my sister forgot (I totally kept those books, I still have them in my favorites shelf on my bookcase) is Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson. Oh man, I have lost count of how many times I have read this book but I read it at least once a year. I think the last time I read it (last year) I was on re-read number 7 or 8? And it’s still just as good as the first time! This book opened up my world to Rachel Gibson, one of my favorite authors, and the romance book world in general.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
I read this because I was still on a vampire high after finishing the Twilight books and reading as many vampire related books I could find. Unfortunately most of them sucked (House of Night anyone??) I picked this up on a whim at Target and I wasn’t very far in when I had this ‘omg, this is what a good vampire series/romance is???’ feeling. Rose and Dimitri 4ever! I needed more of Richelle Mead, more of her amazing characters and her brilliant world building.

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)
After binging on books 1-3 of VA (the other books weren’t on yet) I was desperate for some more Mead romance. I came across the Georgina Kincaid series on Amazon and despite the horrid covers, I ordered books 1-4 (the only ones out at the time). I didn’t think a romance could top Rose and Dimitri but I was so so wrong. Georgina and Seth are the greatest love story ever and even though I read this series years ago and I’ve re-read it many times since then, this is still my all time favorite series.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
This book is on here not for the reason you may think. When I first heard that Ed Westwick was narrating this audiobook, I NEEDED IT! I had never tried an audiobook before, in fact, I thought of them as ‘cheating’ when it came to reading and didn’t understand how you could experience all of the book emotions simply by listening to a book. I was wrong once again. Not only was Ed Westwick an amazing narrator, but this book made me realize how awesome audiobooks are. I’ve read more than 200 audiobooks since then and even though I didn’t really care for this book or the series, I’m still glad I heard it because it introduced me to audiobooks.

The Sea of Tranquility
Ugh, this book. I won’t lie, this book took me a while to get to. The beginning was a bit slow and I kept thinking ‘what’s the big deal??’ considering how much hype there was. Next thing I knew, I was reading and it just hit me how much I fucking cared about this story and these damn characters. This story was beautiful and the writing was amazing. It’s been a few years since I re-read this but the characters still stay with me after all this time.

Separate Beds
I don’t even know how I came across this book. I think I found it at a thrift store when I was younger and for some reason decided to give it a try (my cover is very different). Right from the beginning, this hit me right in the feels. It’s an old ass book but it’s so good. The romance in this book is very slow burn, it’s messy and at times it’s hard to root for either character because of their flaws but it was just so beautiful for me.

After I Do
Guys, this book fucked me up real good. It was my first book by this author and like all her other books, I hated and loved every single painful word of it. She has such a way of making such a simple story so fucking emotional. Her characters are flawed and can drive you crazy at times and most of the time I don’t even know what I want to happen in the book, and I hate how emotional these books make me… but I also love them. This book for me was so beautiful and sad because it lets you see the way a great relationship can slowly start to go very wrong. Holding grudges, placing blame, having resentment, those are normal things at one point or another in any relationship, but this was such a good reminder to always talk through your problems so that you don’t ever get to the point that this couple did where they can’t stand each other and can’t even remember why they fell in love in the first place. Such a good, good book!

I hope you found at least one good book rec from my list. What books have you read that have had some sort of impact on you, either a small or silly impact or a big significant impact?

 Have you read any of these books yet? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Oh man, don’t even get me started on House of Night. I somehow read all 12? Because I used to like them when I first started reading? But yes, I completely agree with you on Twilight — this was the book that got me into reading. Sophie Kinsella was my first foray into chicklit was well (The Undomestic Goddess was so funny!), and Vampire Academy was one of the books that sealed my love for YA books.

    • Ha, I read up to book 5 or 6 and I still don’t know how I even made it that far. Sophie Kinsella’s books always have such great humor, Can You Keep A Secret was a laugh out loud book for me. And oh man, Vampire Academy!

  • I know so many people that have similar feelings to Twilight. I’ve only read a handful of these books, and none of them had a big impact on my life.

    But I do have books that do!

    One for the Money by Janet Evanovich made me realize how much I adore books with humor.

    An Offer for a Gentleman by Julia Quinn hooked me on historical romance. It’s not even my favorite by JQ, and I’ve never re-read it, but it hooked me and opened up a door to such a wonderful place for me. Also, see that mention about humor.

    The Harvest by Tess Gerritsen ultimately led me to romance, in a round about way.

    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare led me to YA and starting a blog!

    And blogging led me back to romance, which is sooooo a plus right now.

    • I can’t remember which book led me to blogging but I wanna say it was Jana Oliver’s The Demon Trapper’s series.

  • kindlemom1

    I agree there are definitely books out there that have made an impact on me for one reason or another. The Help and Puddle Jumping are two off the top of my head I can think of and as crazy as it sounds the H.P. series. It really got me loving reading again and series in general.

    • Sadly, I haven’t read the Harry Potter books but I imagine they would make it on a lot of people’s lists 🙂

  • TID is forever my favorite book series, but even I didn’t know that Ed Westwick narrated it! Now I’ll definitely try the ebook!

    • I do like her books but I just couldn’t with the love triangle on that one. Also, I was spoiled on the ending which I think is what ruined the series for me. Oh man, Ed Westwick is amazing in that one. He narrates one other book of hers, I think in TMI series.

  • oh what a great list of reads you have here!! I twilight was a book that opened the doors for many into reading even and other genres like paranormal and YA.

    I do love reading LaVryle Spencer though, she writes some well thought out stories.

    • I’ve only read that one book by LaVryle Spencer but I do want to read others.

  • A Novel Glimpse

    What a great post! It made me think of ones for my list. I would have to include Remember Me by Christopher Pike, a book by Nora Roberts (first intro to romance), Slammed by CoHo (first intro to NA), and Bright Side by Kim Holden. I should probably include Twilight, too. Everyone should.

    • Oh man, I forgot about Slammed. That was such a good book. I think it was Easy that introduced me to NA though.

  • Oh Twilight!!! My students at the time were the ones who got me to read it. I had always been a reader, but that book opened the floodgates! I think that is the power of a book. It wasn’t this great literary treasure or anything-but people loved it. It got people talking about reading.

    • I love that your students got you into it. Most teens I know don’t even like to read so I always like to hear stories like this.

  • Oh man, I have to admit, I haven’t read any of these yet (yes, even Twilight. lol). I’m a giant nerd so the books that had the biggest impact on my life were probably The Lord of the Rings series and Pride & Prejudice. LOTR gave me a huge love for reading when I was younger, and I reread P&P at least once a year. lol! Great list!

    • I’m sure P&P would make a lot of people’s list but sadly I haven’t read that one. I love that books can evoke such emotions out of us though 🙂

  • The Twilight Saga is also in my list since it got me reading YA again. There’s also a book about migraines that literally changed my life. I love Spencer’s books, if you can read Morning Glory, The Endearment, Years or The Gamble, please do. SO good….

    • I do love Separate Beds so much so I need to add your recs to my list 🙂

  • I was surprised by how much The Sea of Tranquility hit me as well. I didn’t understand the hype until I was about halfway through and even then I didn’t realise the full impact it had on me until I finished the book. I must admit I’m not the biggest Twilight fan but I will give the series credit for introducing me and a lot of other people to the wonderful world of Young Adult.

    • Same here, it just hit me in one of the scenes when they are in the garage and I just remember thinking wow. Also that book has the most perfect ending I’ve ever read, ever!

  • Great recs…The Sea of Tranquility…yes…I so agree. And I so need to read more Kinsella and Jenkins Reid.

    • Oh man, I looove Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. So raw and emotional!

  • Oh these are great! I cannot believe that I haven’t read ANY of them yet, that’s a big fail on my end. I’m glad that you found a book to get you hooked on audio books too!

    • Not even Twilight?? Ha, I bet I can think of a few books that would make your list *cough* Hunger Games 🙂

  • Twilight was a huge inspiration for me too actually! I think it was the first YA series I ever read, and I remember being totally caught up in the story and desperate for Eclipse to come out. Great list, guys <3
    Megan @

    • Oh man, Eclipse was my favorite of the series. I was obsessed with those books for a while 🙂

  • Twilight was a big deal for me too when I first read it! I still vividly remember reading it while at the cottage with my family on a drizzly day, and the setting of Forks was pretty close to the area where we were at the time. It’s funny how things like that stick with you!

    • I have certain memories like that too. I remember I was camping when I was reading Mockingjay and being so mad by pretty everything that happened in the book 🙂