“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one,” wrote fantasy writer George R.R. Martin, author of the global bemouth, Game of Thrones. Indeed, while you may not have the reading aptitude of an avid bookworm or best-selling author, to expand your mind you occasionally need to force yourself out of your comfort zone, and this applies to your reading material as much as anything else.
By perhaps picking up something you wouldn’t usually touch, you open yourself up to new ideas and styles of writing that can affect the mind greatly and influence your thinking. From sprawling, epic adventures to groundbreaking business books that have influenced some of the world’s foremost CEO’s, these 30 books really can change your life.
1To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The American classic and winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, takes a stark look at race and parenting as a rape trial stirs up the small Southern town of Maycomb and local lawyer Atticus Finch is left to defend the man accused while explaining proceedings and people’s anger to his young daughter Scout.
Beautifully written and summing up the innocence of childhood as well as the absurdities of racism in a touching a timeless novel that, to date, has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.