13 Inspirational Books To Read During A Big Life Transition

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If other people's ideas can affect how we live our lives, then books have the power to change the world. A good book can inspire you to become a better person, take a leap of faith, or simply help you travel without having to leave your home. No matter what challenge life throws at you, reading an uplifting story or self-help book can only improve your outlook.

The birth of a child, moving to a new place, marrying the love of your life, or making a career change are all transitions that can be both exciting and intimidating. Finding understanding and insight through these 13 books will help you achieve your dreams and live your best life.

Pick the one that's right for you:

1. Fifty Acres and A Poodle by Jeanne Marie Laskas

What if you lived in the city all your life and suddenly moved to the country? Laskas details her adventures going from one extreme to the next, and it's a great story for anyone who's about to step out of their comfort zone.

2. Brooklyn by Colm Tobin

You may have watched the movie, but have you read the book? Brooklyn is a engrossing and thought-provoking novel that follows Ellis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who struggles to adjust to her vastly different life in 1950s NYC.

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

There's a reason this is the second best selling book in the world. Through allegory, the plot revolves around a Andalusian shepherd who decides to make his way in the world. You'll be both inspired and interested by his adventures.  

4. Get a Life, Not a Job by Paula Caligiuri

Everyone will tell you to follow your dreams, but what if you don't know what those are yet? What if you're taking it one step at a time? Instead of following ambiguous advice, hear what the author has to say about making dreams a reality.

5. The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

If you don't have time to read a large book, this one's for you. It's great to be a dreamer, but how can you improve yourself both professionally and personally? This book will tell you: "You can transform yourself by the same route musicians take to get to Carnegie Hall – through practice."

6. Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

Maybe you're saying to yourself: "A serious book isn't for me." Famous journalist Martha Gellhorn will take you away from the overly-scholarly tones of many self-help books and explore the humor, horror, and happiness of living.

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