20 utterly amazing books that will change your outlook on life

20 utterly amazing books that will change your outlook on life

Books are not only able to take us to alternative universes, they also have a power to change our reality. We have all experienced that moment when, after closing a book, we feel completely altered.

We here at Bright Side selected 20 powerful books that will revolutionize the way you think after reading each and every one of them. It’s one of the most stunning ways to feel the new you!

Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes
The main character of the novel, Charlie, has a very low IQ. He agrees to undergo an experimental brain surgery, which leads to a rapid increase of his intelligence. But will the knowledge he acquires make him a happier person? Does a man need a high IQ to be an individual?


George Orwell
This book reflects on a system where individual liberty is renounced, and all the capacities are concentrated on implementing one twisted idea — the total control over each and every individual. The society seems to be insane because of its overwhelming slave mentality. This world is controlled by the Party and a mythical Big Brother.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini
The novel centers around two women, who both suffered because of drastic events happening in Afghanistan at the time. These women have nothing in common; they live in different worlds that would have never inter-crossed if the rafale of war did not make it happen. Now they have to stick together to stay alive.

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt
Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. At first he has to live with his friend’s family, then his deadbeat father shows up only to make matters worse. The only consolation Theo has is a Dutch masterpiece that he took from a museum.

Prince of Thieves

Chuck Hogan
Robbers heist a bank, kidnap bank manager Claire Keesey and take her as a hostage and release her as soon as they are safe. However, a pack leader falls in love with Claire. He takes off his mask, hides his gun and tries to win her heart. But there is a detective who also has feelings for the same girl.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey
Randle Patrick McMurphy fakes insanity to avoid going to jail and ends up in a mental health facility. Mildred Ratched is the head administrative nurse in this institution. All patients have come to terms with her cruelty and ruthlessness, but McMurphy is shocked by this, and he decides to organize an uprising.

The Trial

Franz Kafka
As time goes by and political regimes change, there is one story that remains unaltered — a strange, terrifying, captivating and preposterous story of “The Trial” that starts from the “nothing of absurd” and ends with the “nothing of death.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
This book tells the dramatic and fascinating life story of Dorian Gray, a man who became a victim of a desire to be forever young and of paradoxical thinking by his friend Lord Henry Wotton.


William Shakespeare
On the ramparts of Elsinore, the Danish royal castle, a ghost that resembles a recently deceased King is frequently seen by soldiers. When the news reaches the ears of Danish Prince Hamlet, he wishes to see the ghost of his father with his own eyes. The encounter terrifies the Prince and strikes him with dismay. The ghost tells Hamlet that his uncle who currently rules the country has killed him and wishes that his son would wreak vengeance upon the traitor.


Gregory David Roberts
This book is a confession partly based on a true story. It’s hard to tell where the boundaries lie between fact and fiction in this novel. The main character fled from justice for many years, like the author of the story. After spending two years in prison he became a smuggler in Bombay and he participated in the mafia wars in India. But his ultimate goal was to find his once lost true love, and he looked for it all around the world.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote
This novel tells us the story of a year-long friendship between an unnamed narrator and Holly Golightly. Holly is an 18- or 19-year-old girl who lives by socializing with wealthy men, hoping to marry one of them someday. She shares her stories and opinions about New York life with the narrator, who is her neighbor and an ambitious writer.


Jean-Paul Sartre
Nausea is the essence of being for people, who are stuck in life hustle and thrown on the mercy of strange, ruthless and dismal reality. Nausea is the failure to love and trust, the inability to understand another person. It is the other side of despair that can make you free. But what is there to do with this damned freedom for a person who is dying of loneliness?

Spark of Life

Erich Maria Remarque
Remarque knows how to tell a story of terror and hope. This book draws a picture of human souls immersed into the whirlpool of war. Those souls are seemingly deprived of freedom and hope, But they still hold on to the spark of life that fuels their desire to survive.

The Glass Bead Game

Hermann Hesse
This book is a revelation for any reader. It depicts a country that is home for the most talented scientists and target-driven men. All institutions in this country are ruled by the Glass Bead Game that is a combination of the most sophisticated creations of the human mind. Still, the human spirit remains restless.

The Invisible Man

H. G. Wells
This is a novel about the twisted adventures of the main character, a brilliant young physicist who naively dreamt of power over nature, but was unappreciated, persecuted and destroyed by society.

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro
Kathy, Ruth and Tommy grew up in a boarding school. The friends studied, painted and participated in school plays. One day they found out that they are destined to be donors, created to save terminally ill patients. But this information did not shock the kids, and they come to terms with their fate. The children prepare themselves to help their friends savor their last days before they have their organs harvested and die, and then suffer the same fate.

Lord of the Flies

William Golding
A group of boys survives a plane crash, and they find themselves alone on a desolate island. No help is within reach, and they have to adjust to the unusual environment. Some boys want to take after adults in all ways, while others fancy boyish games in their cruelest form.

The Breathing Method

Stephen King
There is a story-telling club in New York, and club members believe that what’s important “is the tale, not he who tells it.” You have a chance to become a temporary member of this club and hear a story of a woman who has done the most extraordinary thing to save her child.

Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
The fourth novel by Kurt Vonnegut is about the terrible invention of a Nobel laureate physicist, Felix Hoenikker. This man invented a substance called ice-nine that has the power to kill humanity.

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens
At the foundation of this novel lies a story about a boy named Pip who was orphaned at an early age and raised by an abusive elder sister. Pip’s unexciting life changes after he encounters an escaped convict at the churchyard and helps him to grind away his shackles. This results in a chain of vertiginous whirls of fortune in Pip’s life.

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