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Go Ahead, Live Dangerously (32.36%)

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’

Whether you’ve read your way through ten books or ten thousand books, chances are you know exactly what author Helen Exley is talking about.

Today’s post is dedicated to anyone who has ever uttered the words, “You need to read this book.”

The way I see it, there is an infinite number of ways a book can change a person’s life. Rather than pretend I have the insight and know-how to generalize this intensely personal human experience into an eloquent handful of words, instead I’m going to do what every good writer is taught: write what you know.

I myself am all too familiar with the mixed bag of emotions that follows turning the final page of a life-altering read. More often than not, I find myself staring at the ceiling, wondering: “What happens now?” I’m torn between a need to lament the loss of what’s become a close, personal friend and a burning desire to put the book in the hands of every single human being I know. 

A few days ago we chatted about routines; if there is one thing I can recommend adding to your daily do, it’s to read a book. Why not replace your evening scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with words that matter?

I think of reading as yoga for your brain: you build strength, endurance… and you occasionally drift into an accidental savasana. Either way, it’s good for you and the more you practice it, the more you’ll love it.

Earlier this week my friend and fellow blogger Ashley suggested I share my five favourite books, so here goes:

The Little Writer’s Life-Changing Reads

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

My outlook on love, life, and relationships was forever altered thanks to eight simple words: “we accept the love we think we deserve.”

2. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

I only just finished this book a few weeks ago, but I constantly find myself wondering what Willem, Malcolm, Jude, and J.B. are up to without me. A Little Life is heart-wrenching poetry.

3. I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb

I think I’m on my fifth copy of this book; I keep borrowing it to friends and upgrading from “loaner” to “gift” when I discover they loved it just as much as I did.

4. 1984 – George Orwell

Do you really need a reason to read George Orwell, though?

5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Don’t let the rest of this list fool you: I am a die-hard non-fiction fan. Identifying as an introvert is not a prerequisite for enjoying this book; all you need is an open mind.

There you have it, folks – five books that make me, me.

I want to know: which books have changed your life?

Until tomorrow,


P.S. – Make sure you get acquainted with Ashley’s stylish wit over at Closet Space!

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  • Reply Ashley Kilback May 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing AND for the shout out! I’ve added these to my “to read” list. The one book that I continuously recommend to the women in my life is Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. It’s a total game changer.

  • Reply Jessica Reimer May 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I love promoting what other Saskatchewanians are up to! Thanks for the book suggestion – I’ll be on the look out for it when I’m at the bookstore next.

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