You can never know if a book is any good until you read it. Sometimes they’re enjoyable, sometimes they’re boring and very rarely, they change my life. Here are 3 books that changed my life.
This is one of the first books that changed my life. My sixth form English teacher recommended this book to me because he said I’d like the heroine and I did. Tess is one of the most unfortunate characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Every single thing that comes her way, Tess manages with bravery and does what she has to do to survive for her, and for her family. She doesn’t ask anyone to save her and she remains level headed. It was a female character to admire, when other female characters of most of the books I was reading were just funny but useless. I wanted to be like Tess and that’s why this book changed my life.
I read this book a couple of years ago on the train back from Oxford and I laughed the whole way. Lena Dunham, though in the media all the time at the moment being slandered by feminists, was a breath of fresh air to my bookshelf. I had never read of a woman speaking about her femininity in that much context before. I don’t know if I ever will again. Discussing everything from body image to sexual harassment, Lena Dunham discussed the things that I needed to hear talked about in general media. We needed a woman to be brutally honest and she was, and whatever happened after, I love her book regardless. I am a better, and more secure, woman for reading it. It made me realise that feminine issues are not dirty words. Don’t be a prude. It changed my life.
She told me it would change my life on the cover but I remained suspicious. I picked this book up in Waterloo’s Foyles, much to the disgust of the employee that served me. The truth is: I needed something life changing. I also needed not to worry. I began this book on the bus home from Waterloo and continued to read it in our apartment window, with a tub of salted caramel ice cream. Find a proper review of the book here. For now, I’ll just say it changed my life. I booked a last minute trip to Paris in it’s luxury 8th arrondissement, in a swanky hotel, had the time of my life and then returned to London and quit my job. This book made me realise that life is short and I am capable. I have the wonderful life that I do now because this book kicked me up the arse. Sarah, thank you.
There you have it. Three books that changed my life and could, potentially, change yours! I’ve linked the titles to fantastic discounts with my book club, should you dare to change your life!
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