Books are windows into other worlds and other minds. When they're well-written, tell a good story, or both, they can terrify you, anger you, please you, excite you, and inspire. They teach life-long lessons, even when they're books about bad people. All the books you read can help you come up with a philosophy on which you can base your life. These are my picks and the various, sometimes weird reasons I think they're so inspiring.
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Don't base your life on Gatsby or Daisy or any of these sad, superficial people. Don't even base your life on Nick because as lovely as he can be, he's biased and admittedly unreliable. The Great Gatsby teaches you to pity people like this.
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No, no, don't start your own fight club – or do. The club's not the important thing. Chuck warns us against growing comfortable and complacent. This is your life and it's ending one moment at a time.
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Base your life on this kind of passion, learn how to spot toxic people, figure out how to guard against smothering, outside pressures.
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Astrid can teach you how to be a survivor, even when surviving seems impossible.
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The life lesson from this book is simple: keep passing the open windows.
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Johnny Wheelwright and Owen Meany will show you a different kind of friendship, yes, but for me, it became the book that taught me a different kind of faith.
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Sometimes you have to do what's best for you. You have to. And sometimes that involves changing your entire life. That's scary, but it has the potential to be so rewarding.
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Your destiny is yours. You create the path. You can make it up from whole cloth. That's what this book teaches you.
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Don't rest on watching the film, as lovely as it is. When you read this novel, you gain perspective, strength, and you get to taste a culture that isn't yours and never was, maybe, but that seems so familiar.
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This book will change your love from the first page. All of Alice Walker's books will, really, so pardon this run of three. This one's kind of a sequel to The Color Purple and it … it's profound. It won't just touch you, it will move you. Tashi will touch you, and Adam, and Pierre, and Alice's ideas – all of it.
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I can't even come up with the words necessary to describe this book or what it will teach you. Just read it. Do it as a favor to me, huh?
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You probably read this in high school. I urge you to read it again now. If you've gone through similar experiences, or simply dark ones, Maya's story will help guide you forward.
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This choice might seem trite, but give it a try. We don't all have someone willing to share the blueprints of a fulfilling life with us.
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This one might seem trite too, but sometimes you need to learn how to stand up for what's right.
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Most of Wally Lamb's books will teach you something important about your own life, but Dolores … Dolores is all of us, I think. She's a heroine whose life is never easy, even when it is.
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This is just truly amazing. Trust me.
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Why? Because it will teach you how essential, how vital it is to have a close circle of friends, of sisters.
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Why this one? Because this book … I think this book will make you feel comfortable with yourself. I think it will open up new perspectives.
What books do you live your life by?
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