10 Books That Changed the Way I See the World

10 Books That Changed the Way I See the World

Reading is an incredible way to expand our knowledge and understanding the world around us. Books can transport us to different places, introduce us to new perspectives, and challenge our existing beliefs. Here are 10 books that have had a profound impact on the way I see the world:

  1. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus - This existentialist novel explores the meaning of life and the human condition, and it made me question the societal norms and conventions that we take for granted.
  2. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger - This coming-of-age novel gave me insight into the mind of a teenage boy and helped me understand the complexities of human emotions and behavior.
  3. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood - This dystopian novel opened my eyes to the dangers of oppressive regimes and the importance of resistance and freedom.
  4. "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy - This post-apocalyptic novel made me consider the fragility of civilization and the power of the human spirit to survive in the face of adversity.
  5. "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho - This novel taught me the importance of following one's dreams and the power of perseverance in achieving them.
  6. "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath - This semi-autobiographical novel gave me a deeper understanding of mental health and the struggles that people face in their inner worlds.
  7. "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga - This novel gave me a new perspective on class struggle and societal injustice in India and it made me question the way we think about success and ambition.
  8. "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle - This spiritual book taught me about the importance of living in the present moment and the power of mindfulness in achieving inner peace.
  9. "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz - This novel introduced me to the complexities of the Latino identity and the struggle of immigrants and minorities in the US.
  10. "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien - This collection of short stories gave me a new understanding of the human experience of war and the long-term impact of trauma on soldiers and their loved ones.

These books have not only provided me with new perspectives on the world but they also influenced my thoughts, my emotions and my beliefs. Reading is an amazing way to learn, to be challenged, and to be moved. It's important to seek out books that broaden our understanding and challenge our way of thinking.

Honorable Mentions : 

  • "The Trial" by Franz Kafka - Like "The Stranger," "The Trial" explores themes of existentialism and the absurdity of human existence through the story of a man who is put on trial for a crime he didn't commit.
  • "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka - Another classic by Kafka, "The Metamorphosis" is a surreal and thought-provoking novel about a man who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a giant insect.
  • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera - A philosophical novel that explores themes of love, freedom, and the human condition, much like Camus's "The Stranger."
  • "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath - A semi-autobiographical novel that delves into the inner thoughts and struggles of a young woman, much like Meursault in "The Stranger."
  • "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger - A coming-of-age novel that explores themes of alienation and the search for identity, similar to "The Stranger."
  • "The Glass Bead Game" by Hermann Hesse - A novel that explores the search for meaning and purpose in life through the story of a man's journey to enlightenment.
  • "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy - A post-apocalyptic novel that explores themes of survival, morality, and the human condition, much like "The Stranger."
  • "The White Hotel" by D.M. Thomas - A novel that explores the inner thoughts and desires of a woman, as well as the complexities of the human mind, much like "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky.
  • "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov - A satirical novel that explores the nature of good and evil, as well as the relationship between the individual and society, much like Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment."
  • "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood - A dystopian novel that explores themes of oppression, resistance, and the human spirit, much like "The Stranger" and "Crime and Punishment."

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