5 Books That Changed How I See The World

Books have always had a way of resonating with me. No matter what the book may be, I can always find a takeaway. In these five books that I have chosen as my favorites, they changed my perspectives on certain aspects of my life. They've allowed me to see a glimpse of how the world works in different countries and even try to understand how different cultures operate. I hope you all enjoy these books as much as I do!

  1. 1. The Last Lecture

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    In this book, the author is battling cancer. He hasn't been given very long to live. Randy Pausch truly lives everyday like it is his last. He writes little stories about his childhood and his past that show us how he became who he was. This book is a constant reminder to me that you have no idea when your last day may come and that everyday is a gift. SPOILER: Randy passes away before finishing the book, but he dedicates this novel to his wife and kids.

  2. 2. Girl, Wash Your Face

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    Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is my absolute favorite book and I am a firm believer that everyone should read it. This book is not your typical self-help book, but it is loaded with motivation. Hollis gives her personal insight on topics such as marriage, adoption, health, fitness and other aspects that can be relatable to anyone. This book personally inspired me to go after goals that I didn't even know I had. BONUS: Rachel Hollis may or may not have inspired me to run my first half marathon!

  3. 3. The Kite Runner

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    The Kite Runner is an intense novel based in Kabul. This book gives insight on how the country and its citizens reacted to the fall of the monarchy. In this novel, you see how best friends and family drift and come back together, with a million plot twists in between. I promise, it is better when your high school English teacher is not making you read it. 

  4. 4. The Hate U Give

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    This book is an account of a black teenager who has to live a double life: her elite school life and her poor home life. In this book, you read about first hand riots and burtality that are the result of a white police officer shooting a black teenage boy. The main charatcer speaks up for what she believes in and reminds us that we should all do the same. 

  5. 5. Where The Crawdads Sing


    Where The Crawdads Sing is about a low income black family who lives in a marsh in South Carolina. When both parents walk out and all but one sibling remains, she learns to make a life for herself. You watch how her life unfolds growing up with people who chased her, called her rude names and even fall in love. This books gives you ALL the feels. Where The Crawdads Sing gives you a glimpse into a life of a young girl who is forced to make it on her own. 

Sorry for the spoliers in this article, but I couldn't resist sharing my favorites with you all! I hope if you read them, you find your own takeaways that change how you view certain aspect of your life. Happy reading and don't forget to VOTE.