6 Books That (Actually) Changed Our Lives (ft. Christine Riccio) | Collabmas Day 7 | DamonAndJo

6 Books That (Actually) Changed Our Lives (ft. Christine Riccio) | Collabmas Day 7 | DamonAndJo


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  1. About half of the books I read are game changer books for me because so many of them add such new, different perspectives to the world. Here are 2.

    One major one was The Outsiders because it was a look into a life I never could have imagined. I was 11 and so incredibly innocent about the harshness of the world. I didn't like what I was being told. I didn't like that those kids had been smoking since they were younger than I was, that they drank and fought and stole and so many other things. But I kept reading because I had to for school. And it struck me that, despite the things they did, the way they thought was so normal. So similar to the way I thought. It made me realize just how alike all people are in the way they think and feel, even when they don't necessarily look or act the same.

    Another big game changer for me was this book called Everblaze by Shannon Messenger. It was the third book in a series (that is still currently not finished) about this girl who discovers that she's an elf, not a human. The whole series is fantastic, so similar and yet SO different from other fantasy series before it. It delves into the concepts of guilt, and sanity, and, even more so in third book, what it means for you when you find out someone is very different than who you thought they were. It goes into trust, friendship, public perspective, and so many other things that I could never narrow it down. But one particular quote that I remember hitting me quite hard is "I think I'm finally starting to realize that our world does not define us — we define our world."

  2. Oooo House of Hades changed my life so much it was the first thing that exposed me to an lgbt person who wasn't just their sexuality, and it was also through a character with depression and it came to me just when I needed it I hold it real close

  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, because it connected with me in such an intimate level. I saw bits of myself in every character, specially Charlie.

  4. For me is "la cultura huachaca" by Pablo Huneeus, it just opened my mind about not believing everything that tv says, like the tv some times show us just want they want us to see, in chile we dont have the culture about reading or getting our mind explore our own culture, we just get home and watch tv.

  5. Y'all recommended what I was doing while you were breeding and I loved it!!!! It helped me live in the present and being Comfortable taking a different path

  6. I just picked up a compilation of H.P. Lovecraft's anecdotal horror stories and it seems so far to be awesome! Many people have already read them, but I thought I'd recommend it anyway.

  7. I also enjoyed Twilight! Christine and I have similar-ish book tastes it seems. I'm totally gonna add Damon and Jo's recommendations to my to-read list because they're not books that I would necessarily go for but hearing the excerpts intrigued me.

  8. all the single ladies – rebecca traister

    a year to live – stephen levine , you guys would love this one! totally relevant to living in the present moment

    and The China Study – T. Colin Campbell !!

  9. DAMON do a video on why you didn't like living in NY! I'm pretty sure all the reasons people love living there are all the reasons why I would hate living there. But I still feel like I need to move there to really understand the hype.

  10. The Outsiders is a game changer with the portrayal of choosing your own fam, the ups and downs of life but remaining authentic – stay gold.

  11. I really loved this video and gave it a thumbs up! Reading Is life. BUT if you do another like this again ( a.k.a please do) don't fast forward through the descriptions of the book I wanted to hear what Jo was going to say. Although Damon and Christine's descriptions we're both fabulous 😊

  12. I was weird and didn't get through harry potter so read the charlie bone series and a series of unfortunate of events… total rescue reads when I was in middle school

  13. Thank you for sharing! I hope that you both consider a series in the near future where you talk about what you're reading while youre traveling! That would be amazing!

    At this point in my life, I would say for me, books that have been the most transformative:
    1. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (also love the screen adaptation of this book!)
    2. When things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
    3. You can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

    😊
    A book that I'm currently reading is the Art of Loving by Eric Fromm, I feel like this book will be added soon! ✨❤✨

  14. Am I the only one who really felt the Alchemist was just overall underwhelming. Really I don't get why ppl like it so much.

  15. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, a book that leaves you thinking about the characters even months after reading it.

  16. LOVE love LOVE! soo many great books to add to my "to read" wish list. A book that changed my life is called A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. This book is amazing and if I could just by 100 and pass them out so people read this story I would.

    love, light, and pixie dust

    Kira

  17. Damon and Jo love these books that are inspirational & motivating. And I'm over here with Jane Eyre being my favorite book 😂

  18. oh my god,,, the secret life of bees is a life changing book honestly. like i read it all in one day because i just couldn’t wait. and it’s so woke and not in the trying too hard way just in the hey, that’s how shit is way and it just blew me away. and the imagery and symbolism is really good and it’s kind of about coming into your own but it’s not about having to do it by yourself. you are allowed to have help from other people. and i think that’s a really important message.

  19. OMG!!! My favorite book is TWILIGHT…PS I just love this channel because it gives me good vibes and inspires me to learn different languages.

  20. The series that changed my life is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead . I've read them in winter 2012 when my local magazine put one book on every edition and i loved the synopsis because of the vampires and the world. I've missed book 2 and when i got to move to London to my brother and bought the second book in english i was so shocked that they had words in romanian (my own language) in it .After i made some research about the author and the writting expereance and she actually wrote the book in my country , Romania, inspiring herself from our legends. I wasn't quite a reader in my teens year…forced books from school or i was reading fanfics or story's that i loved but after this series everything changed. I'm always gonna refer to this series as the best one and recommend it to everybody.

  21. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is one of my all-time favorites. Its an incredibly vivid memoir about her childhood being homeless and in an unstable home that really opened my eyes and helped me start thinking with an open mind.
    I'm reading The Alchemist right now!

  22. On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke changed my life years ago. Both books helped affirm my decision to pursue a career as a painter full time.

  23. The Price of The Ticket complete essays by James Baldwin. blew my mind and change everything. As as" A Course in Miracles"

  24. So I'm a bit late with this – I guess – regardless standouts for me have been Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart, Chrysalids by John Wyndham, Call me by your name by André Aciman, Capitalism to Slavery by Eric Williams and Repeating Island by Benitez Rojo.

  25. The Secret! It literally changed my life SO much!! I’m very grateful that I came across a book like this and I would recommend it to anyone. There’s a documentary about it on Netflix and the beginning is cheesy but keep on watching because I think it is the greatest thing that happened to me!

  26. biggest changer for me was Animal Farm cuz it really was the first good allegory I read and it hit me so hard how our world isn't moving forward as quickly as it should and that if everyone doesn't work together to help out these issues then nothing will change. Its kind of an obvious message but it was just the first time it really hit me. Read it in 7th grade and its still my fav

  27. I was gifted the book The Alchemist by a unique soul in Seoul (Korea), and it has truly given me a new perspective on life. So happy you loved the book too, Jo!

  28. My equivalent of twilight is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami I was in a critical part in my life when I read it and I identified with the university boy in the story

  29. The Light to my Path by Lynn Austin and The Hunger Games are two books that changed my life!!! Great video!

  30. Somehow Great Expectations really taught me how present day society doesn't differ from the lifestyle in the book. Dreams of my Father by Barack Obama (the topics—not to get political) is so influential it made me realize how to lift my life out of turmoil.

  31. I believe there is a purpose and there is a God but there’s no religion. But God is still good and loves you anyway even if you don’t believe. He’s someone you can be yourself and will respond to your prayers.

  32. For me, writing a book that caused me to live what my character was living changed me more than any book that I ever read. Check out Discovery Mode: When Survival Becomes Your Only Way Home by Joseph Miller. It is a short story that is very intense. I promise you that you will have a hard time putting it down, even when the book is over!

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