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


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.
In my opinion... anything from longer novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Crime and punishment, Idiot, The brothers Karamazov, The Demons... Why? Because Dostoevsky is a master at digging deep into essence of human being, finding the best and the worst of one. He does that by revealing his characters and he does that masterfully. It's like psychoanalysis before Freud, searching of God, searching of meaning and absurdity of existence at the same time. A lot of people find too hard to finish some novels by Dostoevsky because it's... too much for them to handle psychologically. After reading Dostoevsky other fictional books look like books for children.
En man som heter Ove by Fredrik Backman, or as english readers will know it, A Man Called Ove. It showed me where my life was headed if I continued on my current path and prompted me to make a few changes, especially in regards to how I treat other people. Anyway, the story is about a man called Ove who is a bit of a neighbor from hell until a young couple with their kids strike up an unlikely friendship with him. It's a really heartwarming book and I still go back and read it sometimes.

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