ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top Ten Books that Can Influence Your Life

Updated on June 27, 2007

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

by Richard Bach

This fable/novella is about a young seagull who pushes himself to the limits, only to find out there are no limits in life. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a great book for anyone who needs a positive push in their idea self-worth.

Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

This novel breathes with honesty, ironies, and a sense of humor about life. Blue Shoe takes readers on a journey to learn about relationships, friendships, and families.

Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolph Anaya

A coming-of-age story about a young boy caught between the spiritual world and reality. This book is full of symbolism and "life lessons", but also captures the difficulties in combining different cultures and traditions.

Black, White, and Jewish

by Rebecca Walker

Even if you aren't black, white, or Jewish, Walker manages to make readers relate to the stories she shares of growing up with two parents from drastically different worlds.

Love by Toni Morrison

A description as simple as the book's title: this story is about love. Morrison uses beautiful language and storytelling techniques to capture the different kinds of love shared by all her characters.

Writing About Your Life

by William Zinsser

Zinsser explains the best methods for writing non-fiction stories about your life by providing examples of stories he has written about his life. This isn't only a book about writing, but a collection of wonderful stories from Zinsser's incredible life.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

by Dr. Seuss

Come on, who doesn't love this book? Who doesn't need an inspirational kick in the butt about all the wonderful opportunities in life? Plus, it rhymes.

Vegetable Heaven

by Molly Katzen

Don't let the name fool you, this cookbook isn't only about vegetables. It also provides a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake recipe, tempting pictures, and a suggestive (as well as suggested) menu.

Portable Kisses

by Tess Gallagher

The poems in Portable Kisses capture the essences of all the different kisses in life. You will find yourself caressing your lips in fond recognition while reading this wonderful collection of kisses.

Reading Lolita in Tehran

by Azar Nafisi

This book gives you a view of one woman's experiences of living in Iran. It also provides the opportunity to incorporate literature as a relevant part of your everyday life.

Last Comments

I love to read books of all kinds. It wasn't easy choosing only ten books that have influenced my life, as so many have. If I could earn a living reading book after book, I would jump at the chance.

I chose these ten books to share with you because they are books I often reread, or refer to in conversation.

Please share any thoughts or comments on any of the books listed here that you've read. As well, feel free to recommend and/or share more influential books.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      tooasone 

      11 years ago

      I like your choices in books! very cool hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)