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Life-Changing Books (Fiction and Nonfiction Works and Words to Live By)


I love books. My love of reading goes back to my childhood, I have fond memories of the annual Scholastic Book Fair at my grammar school, I worked in bookstores (where I met my husband!), studied English Literature in undergraduate and graduate school, and became an author myself. I don’t love books for their own sake but for how they deepen my understanding of the world around me as well as my commitment to living a meaningful life. I’m not a particularly FAST reader, but I am a PICKY reader and have developed a very strong relationship with certain books that have shaped the way I think, work, and live. In today’s episode, I share WHAT those books are and WHY they are life-changing.

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Here are books and Links mentioned in today’s episode:

LIFE-CHANGING (NON-FICTION) BOOKS THAT INSPIRE ME DAILY

BOOKS ON OUR IDEAL BOOKSHELF

  • Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats
  • My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • War and Peace by Tolstoy
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain translated by Red Pine
  • Moby Dick by Melville
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy

20 FAVORITE WORKS OF FICTION

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Hobbit by Tolkien
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  • The Octopus by Frank Norris
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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