By Renee Castro
There is a specific feeling you get when you finish a book you have been dedicating your time to. Sure, it’s hard to find time to sit down and read a book. But when you have a book in your hand that is so meaningful, so powerful and so pure, the thought of anything else getting in the way of your time is nonexistent.
I have always been a fan of sappy young-adult romance novels that always end up exactly the way you’d expect them to. The girl gets the guy, and they run off together into the beautiful sunset with not a realistic care in the world. To be quite honest with you, I STILL love those books, even at 21 years old.
What I have failed myself in realizing is that in this day and age these fictional novels are far from how our world really works. So I made it a point to be better at choosing books that weren’t going to leave me looking for these fake types of people in our world. These books offer just the right amount of vulnerability, honesty and above all truth.
- “A Beautiful Mind, A Beautiful Life” By Lindy Tsang
You may or may not know her as Bubzbeauty from YouTube (I didn’t), but follow along as she tells her story of her rise to stardom. Her unique perspective on life will have you jotting notes in the margins and thinking of ways to better your own.
- “13 Reasons Why” By Jay Asher
The ever-so-powering book that became a series on Netflix with viewer discretions added to almost every episode. “13 Reasons Why” is the story that takes place after a high schooler’s suicide. It’s all about what she left behind, and the most powerful thing it does to you is make you realize how the smallest things can have the biggest impact on people’s lives.
- “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now” By Meg Jay
A personal favorite of mine, the defining decade will leave you with a sigh of relief. This one hits close to home when you’re trying to figure out just what to do with your life. And the best part? You’re not the only one.
- “It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Ever After” By Andi Dorfman
Perfect for you if you’ve just ended a powerful relationship, or you’re just a really big “Bachelor” fan. Andi Dorfman helps you get back on your feet but also reminds you that sleeping for a week and drinking a bottle of wine a day is OK too.
- “All the Bright Places” By Jennifer Niven
Probably the best fictional novel I have ever read in my entire life. A story about someone who is fascinated by death, but searches for something to keep him alive. Niven does a fantastic job depicting what it feels like to find someone when you’re at your lowest, and what it’s like to feel whole again.
There are plenty of other powerful books out there, but these five move mountains for me. They’re absolute eye-openers and are guaranteed to have you thinking in a new way. Read on!