ED Staff Reveal Book That Changed Their Lives


We all have a book that changed us forever, or shaped who we are.

Maybe it was that textbook you read as a college student that finally pointed you toward the career of your dreams. Or maybe it was a childhood fantasy book that really cemented your love of reading.

Maybe it was a biography of someone you really admire. Or maybe it was a random story you checked out of the library one day, not realizing it would change the way you look at the world.

Either way, it found you, and you know your life would have turned out VERY different without it.

Since all of us at Elite Daily are pretty much obsessed with words -- which makes sense, given that we all work in media – we've rounded up the books that have made a difference in our lives and changed our perceptions.

Who knows? Maybe one will change yours too.

1. The "Harry Potter" Series by JK Rowling


Harry Potter series, $52, Amazon 

This lovable series about the famous boy wizard got not one, but TWO staff members' approval. So naturally, it had to come first.

Entertainment Writer Anna Menta says,

Junior Editor Becca van Sambeck started reading them when she was 6 years old, and says they were the books that actually made her love reading. She says,

2. "Full Frontal Feminism" by Jessica Valenti


Full Frontal Feminism, $12, Amazon 

Jessica Valenti, founder of the Feministing blog, writes about feminism in a way that's easy and clear to understand.

Her facts about the government and the way entire laws have been created in order to make life difficult for many women might be hard to hear, but they're crucial in order to realize sexism is most DEFINITELY something to be fought... even in this day and age.

Junior Editor Kelli Boyle says of the book,

3. "Codependent No More" by Melody Beattie


Codependent No More, $9, Amazon 

Melody Beattie takes self-help to a new level with this fresh take on being alone. She explains what "co-dependency" really is, and how to recognize when you're relying on another person too much – be it a family member, friend or significant other.

Body And Mind Writer Rosebud Baker says,

4. "How to Grow Up: A Memoir" by Michelle Tea


How To Grow Up: A Memoir, $10, Amazon 

Michelle Tea both breaks your heart and makes you laugh out loud as you follow her through her difficulties as a struggling writer in San Francisco, from hangovers and dead-end jobs to constantly being broke AF and wrestling with her heart.

Senior Sex And Dating Writer Zara Barrie says,

5. "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner


The Sound and the Fury, $9, Amazon 

This is the heartbreaking story of the Compton family, stretched over 30 years. It employs a number of narrative techniques, and the memorable characters stay with you long after the tale is over.

Identity and Culture Head Editor Brittany Leitner credits this book as the one that cemented her choice to pursuing writing as a career.

6. "I Never Knew That About New York" by Christopher Winn


I Never Knew That About New York, $12, Amazon 

Christopher Winn's little book of trivia may not be what you'd expect when you think of books that changed people's lives, but Executive Editor Nina Ruggiero relates an emotional way it changed her:

7. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee


To Kill a Mockingbird, $7, Amazon 

Harper Lee's groundbreaking novel deals with issues of racial inequality and rape in a way that was unique at the time (and in some ways, still is today).

Copy Editor Danielle Valente admits that as cliched as it might seem to list the classic, to name any other book would be a lie: