Are you a book worm like me?

Oh, the many books I’ve read. I’ve read the good, the bad and everything in between. I’ve read fiction, non-fiction, poetry (a little). And there are a few books that just stand out, that changed my life. Books that made my mind and heart expand and do a happy dance.

Let me give you a little rundown of the most outstanding books I’ve encountered so far, and show you how they can change your life, too.

Life-changing books #1: Earth Is Hiring – Peta Kelly

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Let’s begin with an absolute game-changer. This book is magnificent and mind-blowing and new in all possible ways. It is written so eloquently and relatable at the same time.

It is “the new way to live, lead, earn, give for millennials and anyone who gives a shit“. If you don’t like the word millennial, don’t worry, this book will give you a whole new understanding of what that word even means. It also gives you a whole new idea of what is possible in life, how we can live our lives, how we can earn money, take care of ourselves, take care of others, and the planet, and just all of the good stuff.

I’d love to quote the whole book because it is just so brilliant, but let me give you a little taste:

For years upon years society has looked at feeling good as the end result, the end and not the means. Lose weight, and you’ll feel better. Meet Mr. or Mrs. Right, and you’ll be happy. Make this amount of money, and you’ll feel worthwhile. […] Do this, that, the other thing, all the things, everything and only then will you feel good. […] But, oh how we have gotten it so very wrong. […] We are taught that feeling good is the reward and the outcome. Feeling good had become embedded in our goals, but I have some very good news. You do not have to complete and action – score the goal, get a promotion, buy the car, win the lottery – to earn it. You can feel good right now – right this very second.

If you read this book, and you’re not a changed person at the end, I’m not sure you even read the book 😉

Life-changing books #2: Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

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This book contains 100 tales of extraordinary women. And not only that, it is also beautifully illustrated. Basically, it is a collection of one-page long stories about women who never gave up, and succeeded against all odds. It is so inspiring.

When you’re down, and you think you can’t do it (whatever “it“ may be for you), take out this book. You will receive courage and confidence, and it feels like this book cheers you on.

There is actually a second version available too, and is has been translated into many languages. And there is a podcast, too.

Here is one of the stories – the story of Eufrosina Cruz:

Once there was a girl who didn’t want to make tortillas. When her father told her that women can only make tortillas and children, she burst into tears and praised to show him that it wasn’t true. „You can leave this house, but don’t expect a single cent from me“, he told her. […] She started to teach young indigenous girls like herself, so they could also find strength and the resources to build their own lives. One day, she decided to run for mayor of her town. She won many votes, but despite that, the townsmen canceled the election. […] A few years later, Eufrosina became the first indigenous woman to be elected president of the state congress. […] She showed her father – and the whole world – that there is nothing that the strong, indigenous women of Mexico cannot do.

Life-changing books #3: Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Most people know Liz Gilbert for her best-selling book Eat Pray Love.

This book is vastly different. In this book she speaks about how each and every one has a treasure hidden inside. Our calling, our joy, that something that we are here to do.

She says:

Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here. I know that’s what you want for yourself, because that’s what I want for myself, too. It’s what we all want. And you have treasures hidden within you – extraordinary treasures – and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small.

I love that!

We’ve got things to do. We don’t have any time to waste. No playing small, so hiding our sparkle! The time is now to step into your true self, and be who you are.

Life-changing books #4: The Persistence Of Yellow – Monique Duval

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This is a book of recipes for life – beautifully illustrated as well. I don’t even know how to describe this book. It is neither fiction nor non-fiction. It’s mostly one or two-liners that kind of stand on their own.

Like the first one:

On Tuesday, she woke up and realized she had forgotten the definition of the word ‚impossible‘. She decided it must noch have been important.

Or this:

One Monday morning, Juanita danced the Cha Cha Cha, her sister Sylvia learned to play the accordion, Gloria invented a new language. They all decided to be true to themselves.

My personal favorite part and actually the reason stumbled across this book:

He offered her the world. She said she had her own.

These short sentences seem so simple and random, and yet – when you think about them and let them work their magic – they have a deeper meaning and teach you about life.

Simply open the book at a random page, and see where it takes you.

Life-changing books #5: Practice You – Elena Brower

Well, this isn’t a book per se. it’s a journal. Not your everyday journal though. It’s not just blank pages.

There are prompts in there that make you think about how you live, what you want, and who you are.

These are my thoughts of compassion for myself.

Or:

CONSIDER your 33-year-old self. […] Write a letter, poem, story, or song from that 33-year-old perspective to the person you are now. What does home feel like to that future you? How have you come home to yourself in the years between now and age 33? If you are past the age of 33, write a message to yourself at that age detailing your highest understanding of what „home“ feels like from your current perspective. What does your previous self have to look forward to when it comes to creating a sensation of home?

Elena Browser has beautifully designed the book herself and it is so pretty. It inspires you not only to journal in it, but pour your whole self into the pages. It’s amazing!

These are my top five picks of life-changing books.

Now, I would love to hear from you: Have you read some of these books? And what are the books that have changed YOUR life?