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25 Books That Will Change Your Life

Humans are, by nature, storytellers. Telling and listening to stories are our means of teaching, learning, socializing, entertaining, and living vicariously. Stories are so prominent in our lives, it’s not surprising that they affect readers in ways that stick with them for the rest of their lives. For readers searching for something new or perhaps to revisit, I have compiled a list of what students and professors from the University of Portland have deemed “most influential book(s) of my life (thus far).”

  1. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
  2. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
  3. Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
  4. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  5. The Power of One, by Bryce Courtnay
  6. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
  7. The Harry Potter Series, by J. K. Rowling
  8. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
  9. Night, by Elie Wiesel
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
  11. Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  12. The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  13. The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
  14. The Age of Spiritual Machines, by Ray Kurzwei
  15. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand
  16. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  17. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  18. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  19. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  20. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
  21. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  22. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  23. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  24. Inferno, by Dan Brown
  25. Wisconsin Death Trip, by Michael Lesy
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