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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.


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      tooasone 10 years ago

      I like your choices in books! very cool hub!