Five Books That Have Impacted My Life...

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This prompt is right up my street. Five books that have impacted our lives the most. For as long as I can remember my nose has been stuck in a book. I never minded getting sent to my room as a punishment when I was a kid. That's where my books were! My Mum still cottoned on though and instead used taking my books away as a punishment. 

I mostly read fiction but I'm willing to give anything a go. I've learnt a lot of life lessons from reading. 

1// Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

I honestly believe that every woman should read this book. As soon as I finished it I went and brought my Mum a copy. I love the way that Elizabeth writes and how you feel like you are on the journey with her. You are eating spaghetti with her in Italy. You are praying with her in India. You are crying with her in the bathroom. I still read this book a couple of times a year. 

2// Mum's List - St John Greene

I couldn't read this book without crying. St John Greene wrote and published this book after his wife died from Cancer but the 'list' is all the things that she wants him to do with and for the children after she is gone. It's heartbreaking. 

3// 14,000 Things To Be Happy About - Barbara Ann Kipfer

I love how this is written in a list-stream-of-conscious-style. A list of little things to be happy about. You can literally open it on any random page and you are guaranteed to find something on that page that will make you smile. It's my go to on days where I feel down. 

4// Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult

This story was one of those that made me stop numerous time throughout and ask myself, "What would I do?" I love how Jodi relates the mother-daughter relationship with the elephants own mother-child relationships. The amount of research that must have gone into this book is amazing in itself. Even after I finished reading I couldn't stop thinking about this book. 

5// Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

It has been so many years since I've read this book but I still love it. That must say something! Mitch Albom tracks down his old professor and spends fourteen Tuesday with him until he passes away. Morrie shares his wisdom and life lessons with Mitch. I think that fact that you know it is a true story makes it an even more emotional read. I now want to buy this book again and re-read it! 

I'm looking forward to reading other peoples book suggestions! I'm always on the hunt for new, exciting books and if I can learn something from them at the same time that's even better :) 


  1. I remember reading Tuesday With Morrie for the first time in high school and being annoyed that some of the kids in my class weren't taking it seriously enough!

  2. I loved Eat, Pray, Love. It took me a bit to get into it, but I'm so glad I read it. :)

  3. I'll have to add Eat, Pray, Love to my list!

  4. Ahh, I loved "Tuesdays With Morrie"!


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