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My Top Five… influential books


I stumbled upon two lists of Influential books that I liked because they did not focus entirely on one genre.  Unlike most, I believe that these do not have to necessarily be fiction or self help books.  So I thought this would be a good way to continue with the top five sections.  I chose for today books that have been influential, inspirational and motivational in my life.    So, this is a little list of the books that have just helped at one or various points in my life.

Here they are:

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • I won’t go into too much detail, since this book has been discussed other posts.  I will only say that this was the novel that started it all! It ignited my love flame for literature.
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
    • Before I read this book I used to worry more and my stress levels were affecting me physically, but when I read it I began to use its strategies.   I got to say it is a work in progress, but my stress levels are down.  Even though the book seems at times to be discriminative towards women, this can be overcome.
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
    • When I read this book I was at a crossroads in my life and this book greatly helped me make, what I believe to have been, the right decision.  It has helped me through out, especially in keeping focused on what matters most.
  • The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
    • I loved the representation of sisterhood and community so much in this novel that it has influenced my research.
  • Puerto Rico True Flavors by Wilo Benet
    • My mother was not very keen on cooking the traditional dishes of our Puerto Rican culture. Hence, this book came to the rescue.  I highly recommend it since it is easy to follow, is in English, but he mentions most of the dishes names in Spanish, and the recipes are yummy.


Which are your influential books?


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