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7 books that will influence, motivate and change you for the better

Felix Yeung
  • The best books are the ones that stay with you even after you finish them, and make you think about how to live a better, more authentic existence 
  • These titles, from Malcolm Gladwell's 'Outliers' to Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief', will make you reflect and possibly alter your perspective
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Think of your favourite book. Think of the moment you finished it. There’s something special about that moment, isn’t there? You’re suddenly filled with new ideas, and inspired to change your life in some way. Here at Young Post, we’ve compiled seven books that are sure to influence, motivate, and leave a lasting impression. Come for the stories, stay for the inspiration.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Written by Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now argues that we take an overly pessimistic view of the current state of affairs. Unlike many on this list, the book will leave you with hope, using language that’s both engaging and accessible. Plus, Bill Gates called it his “new favourite book of all time”.

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Malcolm Gladwell stuns in Outliers, his examination of the factors that influence success. His case studies are compelling, and his analyses will inspire you to work harder to reach your goals. His narrative-like writing is simple and engaging, and any reader will surely devour it in a matter of hours.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow
This book is not a particularly easy read. The prose is long and dense at times, and there’s not much in terms of engaging content. Still, this book will leave you thinking about, well, thinking. Author Daniel Kahneman analyses the ingrained biases that govern our actions, and his work just astounds. Trust me, you’ll never be the same after reading this book.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gay bares her truest self in Hunger, a memoir on her relationship with weight and food. Detailing intimate events, this book packs a punch, but it manages to empower at the same time. Gay’s journey is simultaneously unique and universal, and her raw writing will make you feel something that few books can.

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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a dystopian classic – and for good reason. The plot enthrals, leaving you desperate for more when it comes to a close. Essentially a critique of modern society, this novel will reshape your perception of life. Reading it may be a challenge, but the effort is well worth it.

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The Book Thief
In recent years, The Book Thief has stirred a fair amount of hype. Narrated by death, this Markus Zusak bestseller is truly novel, bringing readers on a powerful emotional journey. Set in Nazi Germany, the book emphasises the power of words, both through its riveting plot and its author’s masterful writing.

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Man’s Search for Meaning
Man’s Search for Meaning is a rare gem in the field of non-fiction. Psychologist Viktor Frankl uses his personal experiences of the Holocaust to develop his thesis: that spiritual survival comes from finding a purpose for suffering. His argument is presented in an empathetic, human way, making this book all the more powerful. Reading this book is a must, and you’ll be glad that you did.

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