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4 Books That Actually Changed Your Life

4 Books That Actually Changed Your Life

Can you name 4 books that actually changed your life? I don’t mean 4 books that you just enjoyed reading. I would hope you could name a hundred books you loved more than that. What I’ve been challenged to do is identify 4 books that actually had a recognisable life altering impact on me as a person. I needed a little time to sit and think about this, but in the end I did indeed realise that 4 of my reads had dramatic consequences. 2 of them are fiction books and 2 of them are non-fiction books. Here they are and why:

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

My Nannan, who was an avid reader herself, made sure that she supplied me with good books from a very young age. This is the main contributing factor I’m sure, to my lifelong love of literature. When I was nine years old, she gave me a copy of The Hobbit, which she had loaned from her friend at work, who thought I may enjoy it. The understanding was that I would return it when I was finished. By the time this point came, I was so drastically in love with this yellowing paperback that I felt the friend would need to come and prise it with a crowbar from my dead hands. I had never experienced anything like it in my nine years. I loved fantasy stories and my favourites to that point had been Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree, but this new find was quite something else. It’s an overused phrase that books can transport you to another world, but that is literally what this did to me. I was captivated by the possibilities of other worlds, adventure and magic. This was the turning point of me wanting to create a world for myself filled with excitement and enchantment. Three decades on, I still return to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on numerous occasions and I still adore them as much as I ever did.

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and KimBarnouin

Forgive the title. I know it’s a little brash, but this book really was a life changer. In my early twenties I was a huge fan of David and Victoria Beckham. They were the ultimate inspirational celebrity couple. Well, in the magazines, Victoria was pictured clutching a copy of this book under one arm, beside her Birkin bag. It was therefore the must-have dream diet book of the moment. If VB read it and looked like she did, perchance it would work its same magic on every girl. But hear me out! The book was a trick! Marketed and sold as a diet book, it was not that at all. What I found inside these pages opened up a whole new world of information to me which I had never before considered. Literally overnight, I went from being a Big Mac, bacon sandwich, jelly sweets loving girl, to being a strict vegetarian who has never eaten a morsel of meat or animal ingredient ever since. That was 14 years ago. I won’t go into all the ins and outs of why. I totally respect everyone’s own opinions and decisions as to what they choose to eat, but if you are interested to see what I mean, read the book. I remember my husband finding me inconsolable, crying my eyes out and asking what on Earth was wrong, and he thought I was crazy when I said it was this book!

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret was my first introduction to the Law of Attraction, which for many years has been an integral truth and deep routed belief I live my life by. I have since found many more Law of Attraction authors who I probably favour more, including Esther and Jerry Hicks and Mike Dooley, but I have to credit The Secret with starting me on my path of awareness and understanding. If you’re not familiar with the concept behind this universal rule, it is basically founded on the principle that like attracts like, and that what we persistently think about we bring about, whether good or bad. It’s a fascinating topic to research and I thoroughly recommend starting with The Secret if you’re new to it and want to find out more. It definitely changed my life and I see proof of its existence all around me every single day. Gratitude is the only attitude!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Not since Tolkien in my childhood had I fallen so in love with a fantasy series again until Harry Potter came along. It was at the final instalment of Harry’s adventures though where I truly recognised the effect the books had on me. Never ever before had I camped out in the middle of the night at a shopping centre with hundreds of other eager fans to queue up to be one of the first to get my hands on that last novel. There had been so much anticipation in the media for months. Insiders claiming to leak the plots. Rebels spray painting bridges with spoilers. Would Harry die? We were terrified that he might, or if not, which character would? Maybe Ron? The midnight queuing showed even more of a dedication from me since it was on the night of our annual staff party at work which was held at the races. I left the event early to drive and hang out with other crazy Potterheads, all wearing fancy dress. I toned it down but had on my Gryffindor scarf. When we finally got the book we were given them in special souvenir gift bags, which I still have to this day. I was mortified to see that some crazies were turning straight to the back page to see the ending. Noooooo! I remember exactly where I was sat in my old house when I read the final chapter of this book. And I remember the following day, partly to cure my feelings of loss and emptiness at the series ending, I picked up a pen and began to write The Faery Tales.

Do you have 4 books that actually changed your life in a poignant way? I’d love to hear about them if so. Send me a message. Peace, love and sunshine sparkles xoxo

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