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Post January 4th, 2017, 9:53 pm

What Books Changed Your Life?

While some of these don't make it into my top ten books, they are the ones that left me thinking, and the ones that I still think about years later.

Middlesex: This book was a turning point for me, I read it while I was in my junior year of high school. For me, an extremely sheltered person with a strong conservative upbringing, it was unnerving and unsettling at first, but it gave me a new perspective on the world, creating areas of grey where there had only been black and white before.

Les Miserables: This book was a test of dedication, as I read it pretty young. Though once I got into the rhythm of the writing I devoured it. It shows heartbreaking examples of the struggles of humanity: morals, poverty, justice, and hypocrisy are just some of the themes of this story. Rendered in careful and thorough detail.
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Post January 11th, 2017, 6:09 am

Re: What Books Changed Your Life?

Hmmm, looking back The Killer Angels which I read when I was fifteen opened me up to historical fiction which helped lead to a love of nonfiction. Off the top of my head I'd say nearly every book I've ever read has changed my life in some way.
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Post January 21st, 2017, 5:04 am

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The Phantom Tollbooth
The Giver
A Wrinkle in Time
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Post February 16th, 2017, 6:17 pm

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

It's about a Muslim around the time of the 9/11 attack and it really makes you reevaluate how you look at people.
Before, I was one of those people who would be on the look out for single eastern looking men on flights because I would be suspicious (totally wrong, I know), but reading this book totally shown me how wrong and bad I was for thinking that way.
It's such a good book, and we are left thinking who are the radicals - The West or the East?
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Post February 20th, 2017, 9:36 pm

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Waylander helped me to understand that its ok to have badness in you and to have done bad things, and that redemption is real.
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Post February 28th, 2017, 7:11 pm

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Da Vinci Code and Inferno... Both by Dan Brown. I've read them over 2 years ago and I still think about them very frequently.
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Post April 19th, 2017, 3:18 pm

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Da Vinci code changed at how I looked at religion and the Last Supper lol.
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