30 Books That Have The Power To Change Your Life If You Let Them
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one," wrote fantasy writer George R.R. Martin, author of the global bemouth, Game of Thrones. Indeed, while you may not have the reading aptitude of an avid bookworm or best-selling author, to expand your mind you occasionally need to force yourself out of your comfort zone, and this applies to your reading material as much as anything else.
By perhaps picking up something you wouldn't usually touch, you open yourself up to new ideas and styles of writing that can affect the mind greatly and influence your thinking. From sprawling, epic adventures to groundbreaking business books that have influenced some of the world's foremost CEO's, these 30 books really can change your life.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The American classic and winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, takes a stark look at race and parenting as a rape trial stirs up the small Southern town of Maycomb and local lawyer Atticus Finch is left to defend the man accused while explaining proceedings and people's anger to his young daughter Scout.
Beautifully written and summing up the innocence of childhood as well as the absurdities of racism in a touching a timeless novel that, to date, has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
2. 1984 by George Orwell
A warning about what can happen when governments are given too much power, 1984 takes a stance an anti-authoritarian rule and, worryingly, seems to have predicted certain technological advances that have come to fruition.
Especially poignant what with the current zeitgeist of security and information sharing this book is a worst-case scenario of a future that we are not in control of.
3. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Yes, they are essentially children's books and no, they do not match up to the moral fortitude of other outstanding literary works of yesteryear but as a pop-culture phenomenon, the Harry Potter series is arguably the biggest thing to happen to literature since...well, I don't know.
The point is that, you are going to see so many films and stories influenced by this series already in the public sphere, let alone in the future, so you may as well see where it all began. Epic stories of friendship and trust and coming of age culminate in a fantasy battle of wizardry and magic.
4. The Lord of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Another epic fantasy series that has entered the public consciousness with such vivacity that it has become almost impossible to not notice its fingerprints in any sort of pop culture.
A story of such grand scale of the ongoing fight between good and evil that takes place in magical realms with intricately worked and detailed characters.
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