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Old 12-04-2013, 21:52
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Mitch Albom books always make me think about life.
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Old 12-04-2013, 21:56
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I also read "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" and loved it especially 42
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Old 12-04-2013, 22:10
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The Bible.
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Old 12-04-2013, 22:21
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The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien. I grew up in rural Ireland and reading that book just spoke to me in so many ways. I didn't realise until years later that it was banned when I read it. A couple I used to babysit for had an illegal copy. It is probably very dated now but at the time it was just such a 'real' novel. I must read it again and see if it does actually stand the test of time.
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Old 27-04-2013, 16:51
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I wouldn't say it changed my life exactly, but Life of Pi changed the way I think about religion.
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Old 04-05-2013, 21:38
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'The Fault In Our Stars' by John Green seriously changed my viewpoint on how I value my life
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Old 08-05-2013, 18:37
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Not yet, but still time.
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Old 08-05-2013, 22:33
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Good to see George Orwell's name come up. For me it was The Road to Wigan Pier. That was followed shortly by the then four volume Penguin Books set of Essays Letters and Journalism - which included all his essays I think.

In my view one of the great writers of english.
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Old 08-05-2013, 22:41
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The Outsider by Colin Wilson

I finally figured what about life wasn't quite right and why I didn't fit in. A great book but sadly it doesn't answer my big question at the end.
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Old 17-05-2013, 20:29
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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes made me realise the every day problems of disabled people.
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Old 17-05-2013, 20:57
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I can't remember the exact book now, but as a small child I liked being read to, but wasn't interested in reading. I could read, but wouldn't, however much I was encouraged or praised or had books recommended to me. Then one Friday my mum brought me home a Secret Seven book and I thought the picture on the front looked really exciting. I think I was about 7 or 8. She refused to read it to me, even though I begged. So eventually I started reading it, and before I knew it I'd spent the entire weekend with my nose in a book, and by Monday I was begging for the next one, and another and another, and that was it, I was a bookworm.
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Old 17-05-2013, 20:58
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No but the very best have changed the way I look at life.
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Old 19-05-2013, 02:26
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The book I feel I keep coming back to is Mrs Dalloway, I don't even particularly enjoy the actual reading of it, but the ideas in it I find fascinating and relevant to me in so many ways.

Also Wuthering Heights is the novel that I read as a teenager and made me stop reading fantasy books and onto classic novels and now I only really like domestic fiction, I can't really read fantasy and take it seriously anymore.
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Old 19-05-2013, 02:34
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Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
Wouldn't say it changed my life but it did make an impression on me, not least about just getting on with things and not complaining about stuff
It is, of course, a GCSE English course book now so every year poor old Joe gets inundated on twitter with abuse about his book
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Old 04-06-2013, 18:20
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I don't know about 'changed my life', but a lot of books have had a deep influence on me.
Same here, but

The Women's Room which I read in my early twenties did make me see some things differently.

At that time I was profoundly affected by the books of Carlos Castaneda too but I can't remember why. I picked one up years later and thought it was rubbish
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Old 05-06-2013, 14:46
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Yes it has, and started me on a twenty-year love affair with the series. I fell in love with The Eye of the World, and through that have joined i discussions on websites. It altered what I read as well, before that I only ever read thrillers. After I started reading fantasy as well. But, that single book changed me a lot.
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Old 05-06-2013, 18:17
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The Stars Look Down by A.J.Cronin.
A simple tale of human greed and
corruption,versus simplicity and honour.
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Old 22-06-2013, 15:10
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The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska.
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Old 22-06-2013, 16:36
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Enid Blyton's Willow Farm/Cherry Tree Farm series did when I was about - I loved those books so much and was so sad when I finished them and the stories were over. Then my dad suggested I could write more if I wanted to - and I've been writing (mainly pointless fiction!) ever since.

Also, To Kill a Mockingbird has in a way. I often wonder what Atticus would do in certain situations...
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Old 23-06-2013, 01:56
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Lord of the Rings. It made me value loyalty, courage and hope.
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Old 23-06-2013, 08:10
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Also, To Kill a Mockingbird has in a way. I often wonder what Atticus would do in certain situations...
Actually that's a good point. I hadn't realised I do it, but when I'm struggling with things I often ask myself what Flora Poste (Cold Comfort Farm) would do, and try to do that.
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Old 23-06-2013, 18:58
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Has a book changed your life?

Not really but some have helped me. For example, Tony Buzan's Use Your Head book (see http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...+head/7096341/) has been a great help over the years in terms of helping with studying, revision, note taking and exams.
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Old 26-06-2013, 18:31
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Has a book changed your life?

Not really but some have helped me. For example, Tony Buzan's Use Your Head book (see http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...+head/7096341/) has been a great help over the years in terms of helping with studying, revision, note taking and exams.
I hope youre right - i just bought this on amazon on your recommendation!
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Old 27-06-2013, 13:43
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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins helped me reinforce a few things about my own beliefs in my head. Superb book.
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Old 27-06-2013, 14:25
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How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It taught me how tiny elements in the way we speak and behave can have either a positive or negative effect on others, which in turn determines how they will treat you back.
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