There are certain books that stay with you for years after you put them down. That's why we asked all of you ladies to pitch in and give us your suggestions for the books that are so powerful that they can change your life. Special thanks to our wonderful Facebook followers for participating and giving us their amazing suggestions. Here's the unbeatable reading list we created together that just might make you reevaluate how you're living your life:
1. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
This is a book suggested to us by one of our wonderful FB followers, Noemi Norl. It's about a twenty-nine year old woman who is loving her life. She has a sweet husband and is expecting her first child. However, after passing out on the floor of a gym, she wakes up as a thirty-nine year old who is the mother of three children and in the process of divorce. If it doesn't make you reevaluate your life, nothing will.
2. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This one was suggested to us by the lovely Sarah Jessica-Nichole. You've probably seen the movie, but have you read the book? It's all about two teenagers who end up falling for each other, but the world gives them more problems than they deserve to deal with. If you love Nicholas Sparks, make sure to pick up a copy as soon as you can.
3. This is Not a Love Story by Keren David
Here's a novel suggested by the one and only Mariëlle Veldthuis. This is a novel about a woman who moves from London to Amsterdam. When she does, she meets two incredible boys and ends up falling in love. However, love isn't always as easy as it seems, so this novel just might change your perceptive of it.
4. The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
This one was suggested to us by a sweetie named Sarah Mae Ros Nueca. It's a story about a woman who lost her job, only to make an even better life for herself. If you're struggling with your financial situation or wondering what your dream job should be, then you need to read about Kathleen's life. It's not only inspirational, but it's pretty funny as well.
5. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
Danach Richter has amazing taste, because she suggested this incredible novel. It's another by Nicholas Sparks, so you know it's going to pull at your heart strings. It's about a widowed woman who is trying to get ready for a new relationship after her husband dies. It has been four whole years, so she needs to create a new life for herself.
6. Lajja by Taslima Nasrin
The wonderful Prodipta Bhattacharjee suggested this story. If you want a book that will make you feel more worldly, you need to read this one to learn about other cultures. It's written by a Bangladeshi novelist, columnist, and poet. It has been banned in numerous places, and if you want to see why, pick up a copy of it to see the world from Nasrin's point of view.
7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book was suggested by none other than Sarah Gonzalez. It follows a shepherd boy who wishes to travel the world to look for treasure. However, he ends up learning valuable lessons along the way. The main character's mission is something that we can all relate to, which is why it strikes a chord with so many readers.
8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
No one likes it when a dog dies. That's why the main character in this story goes on a mission to find out how a neighborhood pup ended up dead. It's a unique novel that will keep you captivated the entire time you spend reading it. You should thank Lucy Arabella Carr, because she's the one who suggested this amazing novel.
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Now, here are a few novels that I personally believe belong on this list. If you want to read something that will get you thinking about your own spirituality, then you need this on your shelf. It's about an Indian boy who survives a shipwreck and is stuck on a boat with a tiger. There's also a movie based on the novel, so once you've finished reading, you can go ahead and download the film.
10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck has written tons of classics, so you shouldn't be surprised that this book is filled with insights that'll make you question the way you're living your life. It takes place during The Great Depression and focuses on a poor family in a hopeless situation.
11. Night by Elie Wiesel
This is a nonfiction book about a man's time spent in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. There are a lot of disturbing stories that he tells, which will get you thinking about humanity as a whole and the way that we treat each other on a daily basis.
12. Animal Farm by George Orwell
George Orwell is a pro at creating depressing novels that will make you rethink everything you've ever known. Animal Farm is a satirical story about animals who are sick of being treated so terribly. It's a criticism of our society, and most specifically, the way that our government is run. Orwell believes that we're all in danger if we don't change something about our society, and this novel shows you why.
13. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
This book contains a series of essays about feminism by Roxane Gay. Yes, it sounds immensely boring, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's actually a witty collection of observations that pinpoints what it's like living as a woman in this world. Not only will it make you laugh, but it'll make you open your eyes to see society in a whole new way.
14. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
This book has a twist that you'll never see coming (unless you've already watched the movie). It's about a man who is sick of his normal, boring life and decides that violence will turn his world around. It'll make you think of the society in a brand new way that could terrify you.
Once again, a big thanks to the ladies who helped make this list possible! If you didn't get a chance to participate on Facebook, now is the time to speak up! What books have managed to change your life?