Every once in a while, a reader will come across a literary work so moving, so impacting, that everything around them seems to alter its balance in the face of new knowledge. You’ve seen those. The page-turners which you eventually close with a satisfied sigh, mind awhirl with what the novel has done to change your point of view.
We all have our own personal list of books which have changed how we look at the world, but it seems that a lot of readers tend to love similar books and how those works make them think. So let’s take a look at 5 reader favorites which will change how you view the world. Read them if you dare!
1. The Giverby Lois Lowry: This popular book is something most of us have read in our childhood, but a work that everyone should read at least once more as adults. The themes in this book stretch the boundaries of how we view personal freedom. Not only that, it will cause you to rethink how important both pain and pleasure are for us to truly be alive.
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell: Orwell’s book 1984 seems to get a lot of love these days, but most readers look to Animal Farm when it comes to a truly remarkable portrayal of the ups and downs of a utopian society. Orwell’s powerful rhetoric will stop you in your tracks and make you consider how any society, regardless of the good intentions upon which it is founded, can fall to social hierarchy and corrupt power.
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: You might not have expected to see Hitchhiker’s Guide on this list, mostly because this work comes across as more comedic than life-changing. But there are few books out there which can raise the question and foster the answer to humanity’s existence with such charm and playfulness. You’ll find some serious life lessons amongst the rip-roaring cross-galactic adventures of this amazing work.
4. Night by Elie Wiesel: Throughout my research, I came across a few surprising titles, but none stood out quite so much as Wiesel’s autobiography. Readers have again and again pointed to this book as one of the most influential works they’ve ever read. This book takes an uncomfortably honest look at despair and the personal death of God. If any literary piece will shock you into awe, it will most likely be this heartbreaking work about a man’s Holocaust experiences.
5. Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury: Bradbury’s novel is perhaps one of the most famous dystopian works in modern literature and there’s good reason why. Readers seem to love this novel because it broaches a topic which makes book-lovers uncomfortable: the burning of books and literature. We all fear the day when mindless entertainment takes over educational pastimes and this book will change your worldview with its nearly spot-on portrayal of how our modern society can evolve – in some ways for the worst.
Of course, with so many books out there which can change your worldview, it’s difficult to narrow it down to just 5 works. So be sure to share with us which ones you think belong on this list and which don’t as well as your own personal list of books which changed your life and why.
Happy reading! :)