Books That Changed Me

I have always been a massive reader, not so much now because as my life has gotten busier it’s become less of a priority. There have been many books that have changed me and impacted my life so I thought that I’d share those with you…

  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This is one of the first pieces of literature that I read that wasn’t young adult or teen and boy did it hit me like a ton of bricks. This changed my life. I was at that weird teen stage where I wasn’t sure who I was or who I wanted to be but this book helped me to decide. I decided to be more accepting of who I was after reading this book, I haven’t looked back since. The film is also incredible, which is so rare for an amazing book to be made into an amazing film. Give this a read no matter what your situation or age or reading preferences.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


I was introduced to the idea of injustice by this book. It struck me, I felt literally shook to my core after discovering that things happen like what happened in this book (no spoilers!). I loved the narration of this, the characters were striking and the storyline is literally unforgettable. If you’re wary of classics, as I was, definitely pick this up, you won’t regret it. I think this book plays a big part in why I have such strong opinions and feel the need to have a say on strong topics which is why this book changed me. I did sadly lend this out and not get it back so will have to rebuy it (urgh).

  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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I had never cried whilst reading a book until I read this. Not only did it introduce me to one of my favourite authors ever, it showed me what emotion books can create. I never thought it’d be possible to feel physical heartache by a book until I read The Fault In Our Stars. The film is also amazing so I recommend that as well!

  • All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Carrie is a life changer herself but her non-fiction book is so special. I already know that I’ll be handing this to my nieces when they’re in their teens as I wish I’d had it so much earlier. I was 15/16 when I read this and I felt like it put me on path towards the person that I wanted to become, it reassured me that I was doing okay and that I’m not the only one struggling. The teen age can be so confusing so to have a handbook to help you is a game changer. I would like to read this again in the future to see if I still take anything away from it, I’m sure I will.

  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

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I’m so unsure about the whole concept of life after death and heaven which I suppose if why I bought this book in the first place, out of pure curiosity. A kind of summary of the book is that a man passes over and in heaven five people explain his life to him, some who he knew and some strangers. It amazed me that you could impact somebody who was a complete stranger. This book made me realise the immense impact that you have on people, not just those who you think. It also made me wonder who the five people would be for me.

  • Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

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I only read this last year but it still impacted me so much. I always used to resent the word ‘popular’, everything it stood for and the people who associated themselves with it. As somebody who was far from popular this book was perfect, Maya’s writing filled me with confidence, reassurance and worth. I recommend this to so many and hope to reread it soon.

  • Wonder by R.J.Palacio

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Auggie is such a striking character. I connected to him so much, I fell head over heels in love with his character and adored the whole book. Although one chapter I’d be sobbing and the next I’d be laughing, I was always loving what I was reading. I hope to give this one to my nieces and nephew when they’re old enough, it teaches such great morals and taught me so much.

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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This didn’t teach me anything massive I just thought it was fantastically written. It was the first book that when I finished I put it down and thought ‘Wow, I want to write something like that one day’ and I don’t feel like that often. I love all of Gillian’s novels but this one stands out as being so excellently written.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

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I very rarely describe a book as flawless but this book is flawless. This is one of those books that I’ll carry with me forever, my mind will refer back too it at moments because it had such an effect on me. I don’t want to say much about this book but I think everyone should read it. It raises awareness towards autism that may otherwise go unnoticed.

  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

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I loved this as a child and it made a lasting impression on me. I still love the story, book and film. There was something so touching about William’s story, it was so harrowing and so heartbreaking but so inspiring, after everything that he went through he came out on the other side.

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl

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Who hasn’t read a Roald Dahl book and loved it? I read them all as a child and the one that stuck with me the most was The BFG. It inspires me even today, the wordplay is just magnificent, it’s the best piece of children’s literature that I’ve read. I even wrote about it in my personal statement last year, it has heavily influenced my love of English.

  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


I bought a signed, exclusive copy of this after Christmas last year and read it in one sitting. I loved it, it really did open my eyes and ignite an admiration for LGBT+ literature. I used it for my A2 English Language coursework so I feel like I know the book inside out, I got an A in it which makes it that bit more special. The characters in that book are so striking, I even named my fish Leo after one of them! My copy of this book is buried in all my old college work and files and I can’t seem to find it!

Thank you so much for reading, if you enjoy seeing what books I’ve loved reading please do go and follow my Goodreads account which is linked below. Thanks again!

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  1. Brilliant list, a few I’ve read, TFIOS being one that i have to agree made me ugly cry so much while reading but never shed a single tear while watching the movie, and others I haven’t but have already added to ny TBR list.

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  2. Perks of being a wallflower (along with some of the other books on your list) will always be a book that’s sticks with me, and still has a place in my heart. It is a truly incredible read and is always my first recommendation when someone needs a book to read.

    This is an amazing list!

    Nat 💕 –


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