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6 Books That Have Made an Impact On Me

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. Whether it was flipping through Roald Dahl as a child, devouring Goosebumps in elementary school (who remembers this series?!), or moving on to self-improvement and novels in my twenties, reading brings me true joy. With so many talented authors and amazing reads, it’s hard to pick my favorites, but I definitely have a list of books that have affected me most. Ones I think about often—even daily—and am so glad I read. Here are 6 books that made a major impact on me and why:

Rich Bitch – Don’t let the silly name fool you, there is so much helpful info in this book. As someone who didn’t know much about finance entering my twenties, this book was a life-saver. I still refer to it all the time, and can honestly say it’s made me confident with handling my money.

Zen Habits – I’m a huge fan of this author’s blog, which is how I originally found him. This book is a quick, short read (an accumulation of his best blog posts) with endless lessons on living more intentionally and minimal. I re-read it a couple times a year and never regret it. I also have gifted it to tons of people and always get great feedback.

All the Things We Never Knew – This book is equally sad as it is eye-opening. It’s essentially about a man with onset bipolar disease and how his family, and specifically wife, deals with it. It was an emotional read that taught me so much about mental illness—something I knew little about before reading. I’m truly thankful I read this.

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein was one of my favorite authors when I was young and this is still one of my most memorable books ever. I’m pretty sure I cry ever time I read it, and the lesson is so simple yet useful for our entire life.

Four Agreements – I actually got this book from an old therapist who gifted it to each of his clients. It’s a simple, beautiful read about how to communicate with people and ourselves. This shifted my perspective tremendously and taught me how to live kinder—as corny as that might sound.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Again, don’t let the name fool you! This is my most recent read on the list. It’s essentially about how to find the values that are actually important to you in life—and how to forget the rest. The author does a great job of telling stories along with valuable lessons. This book is motivating and it makes you stop and think outside the box. I’ll definitely re-read often!

What books have had the biggest impact on your life? I’d love to know!

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Today’s post is written by contributor Chelsea Becker, a San Diego native, living and writing in San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram & Pinterest.