50 Books That Will Change Your Life

Back on World Book Day (March 6), the World Book Day website listed their poll results of books that changed readers’ lives. Here’s that list for my own personal reference and an asterisk next to books that I have read.

Books that will scare you…

  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • The Rats by James Herbert
  • The Shining by Stephen King *
  • 1984 by George Orwell *
  • Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Books that will teach you about love…

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte *
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte *
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank *
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer * (They didn’t guarantee it’d change your life for the better)
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Books that will make you laugh…

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams *
  • Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Age 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

Books that will transport you…

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
  • Percy Jackson series by rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling *
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein *

Books that will change the way you think…

  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

Books that will make you cry…

  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodie Picoult
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck *
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Books that will help you understand you…

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger *
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Books that will thrill you…

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess *
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins *
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth


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