What is the most life changing book that you have ever read?
Posted on 9th of March, 2020

Answers

Crime & Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov
The Road Less Traveled
The Jungle
All Books by Barbara Erskin From Scotland, she is a Historian and combines actual history with fantasy. I love all her books. They suck me right into the past by the first page.
For me that would be White Oleander by Janet Fitch. It hit really hard for me because at the time I read it (back in early 2000) I was pregnant with my first child and the whole book deals with motherhood. White Oleander is a bit of a coming of age novel I suppose and contains a lot of heart breaking moments. Without giving away too much of the story, it is about a 12-year old girl who is taken away from her mother after the mother murders her cheating boyfriend. The girl ends up in one foster home after the other as she encounters a number of different people and situations. Because this book hold such a special place in my heart I have not yet seen the film based on it but I have heard that it was reasonably well received. Oh and the reason why I would call this book life changing, at least for me personally, was because it shows what a big impact a mother can have on their child. It spurred me on to be the best mother I could possibly be and while it wasn't always easy, I think I ended up doing a good job. In a nice twist my daughter has also read this book and loves it, which makes it extra special.

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