There are stories that inspire us and fill us with a feeling of accomplishment and pure joy. Have you ever read a book and as soon as you finished it, you wanted to read it again? The books on this list will do what a good book is supposed to do by taking you on a journey, and when the journey is over, you’ll feel amazing and on top of the world
Books That Will Leave You Feeling Amazing And On Top Of The World
1. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
(Featured in 5 of the Best Educational Books of 2014)
A beloved professor sums up a lifetime of scholarship and teaching as he is heading out the door for the last time. The professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University was just 46, and this really was his last lecture — he was dying, and this book outlines his last lecture.
2. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
(Featured in 10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read)
A spiritual book bases loosely on the life of Buddha, Siddhartha tells the story of a Brahmins journey in search of ultimate reality. This beautifully simple book has touched millions with its integration of Eastern and Western mythology and philosophy. Along with Demien, this book is a must read for any Herman Hesse fan or anyone interested in Buddhism philosophy.
3. The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again – J. R. R. Tolkien
(Featured in 10 Greatest Fantasy Books)
Not only is this a great piece of fantasy literature, its one of the best books ever written.
4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
This book leaves you wondering if you ever made a difference in someone’s life here on earth. Then it makes you wonder who the five people who you will meet in heaven are. This book was truly inspirational, even if you don’t believe in heaven or hell.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
(Featured in 8 Outstanding Classic Books Which Are Easy To Read)
Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1961, To Kill a Mockingbird has been essential reading for the last 50 years. The book follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus–three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Although banned for a number of years because of its controversial story line during a volatile time in US history, the ban was lifted and the book is part of many schools curriculum’s.
6. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
While describing a friendship between two women some 60 years before and a present day relationship between a nursing home resident and her loyal visitor, the reader is set off on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Dealing with subjects as far reaching as women’s liberation, homosexual relationships, rights of minority groups,integration and growing old, Fannie Flagg never fails to entice her readers and allow them to view a slice of American life.
7. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
Although all the works of Vonnegut are pure gold, there is something particularly special about Breakfast of Champions. The story follows two main story threads. In the first, Vonnegut presents us with Dwayne Hoover, car-salesman extraordinaire, who is slowly and surely losing his mind. In the second, we have Vonnegut regular Kilgore Trout, the unemployed and unlikable science-fiction writer, who is hitch-hiking his way across the country to receive a sizable award at an arts convention.
In countless asides and divergences, Vonnegut explores sex, race, politics, sex, environmental catastrophe, sex, aliens, robots, god, and sex. All this, plus numerous obscene doodles and an appearance from Vonnegut himself, bestowing wisdom upon his creations.
8. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
(Featured in 8 Top Contenders For The Best Book You’ll Ever Read)
This book is a great example of perfect fiction writing. Its length is 5 times the average book and it still was not long enough! The story, the characters, the settings and the emotions will enthrall you for days. You’ll be left with a total feeling of astonishment as you finish the book.