There are certain books that will completely change the way you look at life after you’ve read them. And by these books, we don’t mean ‘The War of Art’ or ‘The 48 Laws of Power’. We mean books that will have such a big impact on your life that you might just sell all your belongings and move to a quiet place somewhere on a tropical island. They offer you new insights in life that force you to re-evaluate your life in a serious way. We believe that everyone should always strive to explore as much about themselves as possible, and these books will help you to re-evaluate your outlook on life and yourself.
We believe in quality over quantity. That’s the reason why you won’t find 25 magical books that will turn your life upside down, but classics that open your mind to the most important aspects of life. If you believe a book is missing from this list, please don’t hesitate to shoot us a message so we can take it into consideration.
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
This book will completely change your outlook on love, how you treat your loved ones and how you feel about them. It’s a fictional biography of a woman called Daisy Goodwill Flett that teaches you the importance of using a loved one’s name when you tell them that you love them. It might seem a bit silly, but this book will open your eyes to how much more powerful your message becomes by making it personal.
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is the perfect book to sort of “straighten you out” if you will. The book gives you insight on how your cognitive biases affect your decision making and life in general, on a daily basis. In the world we live in, it’s sometimes hard to not get carried away emotionally and egotistically. Your whole view of who and what you are can easily get distorted through culturally and idealistically formed biases. They are generally easier to spot in others, but it’s very hard to catch ourselves in a biased mind frame. This book will help you to recognize how we think, make decisions and choices and how to make rational decisions.
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
In this world of consumerism, Tropic of Cancer shows you a way of living your life as you would’ve never imagined. It opens your eyes to the fact that you can be the happiest man on earth without having any possessions. It shows you that life is not about working from 9-5 all week and watching TV in the evening because you’re exhausted from your work. That it doesn’t matter what car you drive or what house you live in. This book is actually the one we referenced in our opening passage in that it may cause you to sell all your belongings and live your dreams. Read this book and follow Henry Miller as he seeks to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
This book teaches you about the meaning of things you do in your daily life. It teaches you to consciously live as meaningful a life as possible, to place a great value on the journey and not just the destination, while knowing that “meaningful” doesn’t always mean “enjoyable”. “Meaningful” should be equated with “fulfilling”. It’s a book that’s mostly known for guiding people when they are lost at life. It also helps people who are depressed give meaning to their life and overcome their adversity. Great read for anyone that’s currently wandering through life without a specific destination.