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7 Life-Changing Books That You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

posted: 04/14/16
by: Katie Morton

Reading can transport us to another place and time. It can affect the way we think and the way we view the world. And the beauty of books is that each one leaves its own lasting mark.

Since summer is rapidly approaching, and you're probably looking for some quality reads, we've curated a list of books that will inspire, engage, educate and challenge the way you think. Here are seven titles that you should read right now.

1. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

By Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

When life becomes overwhelming, how do we know where to focus? "The One Thing" is deceptively simple to read, yet packs a powerful message by posing the ultimate question, "What's your ONE THING?" Simply knowing the answer can help you focus on what's most important in your life.

2. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battlers

By Steven Pressfield

Originally written for writers, "The War of Art" has been embraced by individuals across all walks of life. It tackles how to overpower the "resistance" that's getting in the way of your dreams. This book challenges you to harness your creative energy, overcome roadblocks, and achieve your goals.

3. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

By Eckhart Tolle

A spiritual guide to a better you--and a better world. "A New Earth" is a smart, inspiring book about the power of consciousness and how to live our best lives. The idea that we are all connected to one another and to the earth is a powerful thought and makes for a compelling read.

4. A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Bill Bryson

The title says it all. Understand string theory or quantum physics or the origin of civilization? Maybe not, but after this book you will. Bryson weaves together a fact-based, yet entertaining, guide to the conundrums of human knowledge.

5. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

By Gretchen Rubin

One day Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany while going though the paces of her daily routine. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter."

Rubin spends a year testing out theories on the root of true happiness with her own life experiences. The answers she arrives at may surprise you. It's worth the read so you know how to maximize your own happiness, in little ways, each day.

6. Me Talk Pretty One Day

By David Sedaris

If you've read anything by Sedaris, you already know that his books are hysterical. The best parts of this book are so hilarious that you may laugh to the point of pain (Don't say we didn't warn you!). He will reduce you to tears with his wit--a funny, moving book.

7. The Illustrated Brief History of Time

By Stephen Hawking

It's a rare book that seeks to explain the inner workings of the universe. We should tell you up front that it isn't the easiest read; Hawking is a preeminent genius of our times, and he doesn't pander to the audience. However, it's worth the time and energy. You'll close this book feeling smarter and instilled with a sense of wonder about our universe.

No matter which title you chose, the best books in life are the ones that resonate with you on a personal level. The books in this list are sure to challenge, entertain and test your perception of life. Happy reading!