The best 24 Life Lessons books

Life is full of lessons, both big and small. We've curated a book list of insightful reads that offer wisdom and guidance for navigating through life's ups and downs. From personal growth to relationships, these books provide valuable perspectives and practical advice that can help us live more fulfilling lives. So, grab a cup of tea and dive into this collection of life lessons. You never know what valuable nuggets of wisdom you might find.

The best 24 Life Lessons books
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Life Lessons Books: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert
One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
3.6 (61 ratings)
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What's Eat, Pray, Love about?

Eat, Pray, Love (2006) is the story of a year-long journey around the world in pursuit of pleasure in Italy, spiritual devotion in India, and finally a balance of the two in Indonesia. With refreshing candor and humor, this bestselling memoir charts a courageous path of self-discovery.

Who should read Eat, Pray, Love?

  • Foodies after an indulgent tale of finding pleasure in eating
  • Yogis ready to be inspired by a story of commitment to prayer and meditation
  • Romantics who swoon at stories of love after loss

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Life Lessons Books: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak

What's I Am the Messenger about?

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is a captivating novel that follows an ordinary teenage boy named Ed Kennedy who begins receiving mysterious messages instructing him to carry out acts of kindness and deliver messages to strangers. As he navigates through these tasks, he uncovers the truth about himself and the people around him, ultimately leading to a life-changing journey of self-discovery and purpose.

Who should read I Am the Messenger?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and introspective narratives
  • Those who appreciate unique storytelling and unconventional characters
  • People who are open to exploring themes of personal growth, human connection, and the power of kindness

What's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian about?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a captivating coming-of-age novel that follows a young Native American boy named Junior as he navigates life on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Filled with humor, honesty, and heartache, Junior's diary entries offer a unique perspective on identity, friendship, and the pursuit of a better future.

Who should read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

  • Tweens and teenagers dealing with identity and self-discovery
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with humor and honesty
  • Those interested in exploring complex issues such as racism, poverty, and cultural identity

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Life Lessons Books: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

Colleen Hoover

What's It Ends with Us about?

It Ends with Us is a powerful novel by Colleen Hoover that delves into the complexities of love, strength, and the choices we make. It tells the story of Lily Bloom, a young woman who finds herself in a tumultuous relationship. As she grapples with her past and present, the book explores themes of resilience, empowerment, and the courage to break free from toxic patterns.

Who should read It Ends with Us?

  • Readers who enjoy emotional and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who are interested in exploring complex and realistic portrayals of relationships
  • People who are looking for a book that addresses important and sensitive topics with empathy and depth

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Life Lessons Books: For One More Day by Mitch Albom

For One More Day

Mitch Albom

What's For One More Day about?

For One More Day by Mitch Albom is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that explores the power of family and the choices we make. It tells the story of a man who gets the chance to spend one more day with his deceased mother, and in doing so, learns valuable lessons about love, forgiveness, and the importance of cherishing every moment.

Who should read For One More Day?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotional stories
  • Those who have experienced loss and want to explore themes of forgiveness and redemption
  • People who appreciate reflective and introspective narratives

What's The Perks of Being a Wallflower about?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a poignant coming-of-age story that follows Charlie, a shy and introspective teenager. Through a series of letters, Charlie shares his experiences as he navigates high school, friendship, love, and loss. The book delves into themes of mental health, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

Who should read The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  • Teenagers and young adults navigating the ups and downs of adolescence
  • Individuals who appreciate introspective and emotionally resonant storytelling
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age narratives with complex and relatable characters

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Life Lessons Books: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

What's Wonder about?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that follows the story of August Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity. It delves into the challenges he faces as he enters a mainstream school for the first time and the impact he has on those around him. The book touches on themes of kindness, acceptance, and the beauty of being different.

Who should read Wonder?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting stories
  • Individuals looking for insights into empathy and kindness
  • Parents, educators, and children who want to understand and navigate the challenges of being different

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Life Lessons Books: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

What's The Giving Tree about?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a heartwarming tale that explores the selfless nature of unconditional love. Through the story of a tree and a boy, it teaches valuable lessons about the joy of giving and the importance of gratitude. Silverstein's simple yet profound storytelling and whimsical illustrations make this book a timeless classic for both children and adults.

Who should read The Giving Tree?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotionally impactful stories
  • Parents looking to teach their children about selflessness and love
  • Those who appreciate simple yet profound illustrations

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What's Veronika Decides to Die about?

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of mental illness and the pursuit of true happiness. When Veronika attempts suicide and wakes up in a mental institution, she is forced to confront her own mortality and reevaluate her life. Through Coelho's lyrical prose, the book challenges societal norms and encourages readers to live authentically.

Who should read Veronika Decides to Die?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of mental illness and societal norms
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and introspective novels
  • Individuals looking for inspiration and a fresh perspective on life's challenges

What's Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life about?

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life by Garrain Jones is a powerful book that explores the impact of mindset on our lives. With personal stories and practical strategies, Jones demonstrates how shifting our perspectives and beliefs can lead to transformation and success. A valuable guide for anyone looking to break free from limiting thoughts and embrace a positive, empowering mindset.

Who should read Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life?

  • Individuals seeking to break free from limiting beliefs and negative thinking patterns
  • People who want to cultivate a positive mindset and create a more fulfilling life
  • Those who are open to personal growth and self-improvement

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Life Lessons Books: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

What's A Man Called Ove about?

A Man Called Ove tells the story of a grumpy yet endearing widower who finds new purpose in life when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Fredrik Backman's heartwarming novel explores themes of friendship, love, and the impact one person can have on the lives of others.

Who should read A Man Called Ove?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming stories about unlikely friendships
  • People looking for a character-driven novel with a mix of humor and emotional depth
  • Those interested in exploring themes of loneliness, loss, and the power of human connection

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Life Lessons Books: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

What's Eleanor & Park about?

Eleanor & Park is a young adult novel by Rainbow Rowell about two misfit teenagers who fall in love in 1986. Set over the course of a school year, it explores themes of love, friendship, and family, while addressing issues such as bullying and domestic abuse. It is a heartwarming and nostalgic story that will resonate with readers of all ages.

Who should read Eleanor & Park?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult romance novels with a touch of nostalgia
  • Those interested in exploring themes of love, friendship, and identity during adolescence
  • People who appreciate well-developed and relatable characters

What's The Five People You Meet in Heaven about?

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie, a maintenance man who dies while saving a young girl from an amusement park accident. In the afterlife, he encounters five people who have had a significant impact on his life and learns valuable lessons about forgiveness, love, and the interconnectedness of all lives. This thought-provoking novel explores the idea that every life has a purpose and that we are all connected in ways we may not realize.

Who should read The Five People You Meet in Heaven?

  • Individuals seeking a thought-provoking exploration of life's purpose and interconnectedness
  • Readers who enjoy stories that blend realism with elements of the supernatural
  • Those who appreciate well-crafted characters and emotionally resonant narratives

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Life Lessons Books: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

John Green

What's Looking for Alaska about?

Looking for Alaska (2005) is a compelling coming-of-age novel by John Green. It follows the story of a young boy named Miles “Pudge” Halter as he enrolls in boarding school and meets the enigmatic Alaska Young. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning, taking readers on an emotional journey that challenges their perspectives on life and death.

Who should read Looking for Alaska?

  • Individuals seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful coming-of-age story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring themes of friendship, love, loss, and personal growth
  • Young adults navigating the complexities of adolescence and the search for meaning in life

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Life Lessons Books: The Fault in Our Stars by Nicola Winstanley, John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Nicola Winstanley, John Green

What's The Fault in Our Stars about?

The Fault in Our Stars is actually written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group. As they bond over their favorite books and share their fears and dreams, they embark on a journey that challenges their perspectives on life and love. It is a poignant and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of living with illness and the power of human connection.

Who should read The Fault in Our Stars?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who appreciate authentic and relatable characters
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of love, loss, and the meaning of life

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Life Lessons Books: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver

What's Before I Fall about?

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver follows the story of a high school senior named Samantha Kingston who relives the last day of her life over and over again. As she uncovers the truth about her friends, family, and herself, she learns valuable lessons about love, friendship, and the power of choices.

Who should read Before I Fall?

  • Teenagers and young adults
  • Readers interested in stories about personal growth and self-discovery
  • Those who enjoy novels with a thought-provoking exploration of life and death

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What's The Truth About Forever about?

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen delves into themes of love, loss, and self-discovery. The story follows protagonist Macy as she navigates life after her father's unexpected death. Through her job at a chaotic catering company and her growing connection with a charming artist named Wes, Macy learns to embrace imperfection and find the courage to pursue her own happiness.

Who should read The Truth About Forever?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with a focus on personal growth and relationships
  • People navigating the complexities of grief, loss, and finding a sense of belonging
  • Young adults facing challenges and seeking inspiration and hope

What's Oh, the Places You'll Go! about?

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a classic children's book that also holds valuable life lessons for adults. Through whimsical rhymes and colorful illustrations, it explores the journey of life, the ups and downs, and the endless possibilities that lie ahead. It inspires readers to embrace change, take risks, and never lose sight of their dreams.

Who should read Oh, the Places You'll Go!?

  • Individuals seeking inspiration and motivation
  • People going through a life transition or facing a new chapter
  • Readers who enjoy whimsical and insightful storytelling

What's The Art of Racing in the Rain about?

The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartwarming and emotional novel by Garth Stein that offers a unique perspective on life and love through the eyes of a dog named Enzo. Filled with profound insights and captivating storytelling, it explores the bond between humans and their furry companions, as well as the power of determination and the pursuit of our dreams.

Who should read The Art of Racing in the Rain?

  • Animal lovers who enjoy unique perspectives and heartfelt stories
  • People who are interested in the emotional connection between humans and their pets
  • Readers looking for a thought-provoking exploration of life's challenges and triumphs

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Life Lessons Books: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

What's A Thousand Splendid Suns about?

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of a war-torn Afghanistan, the novel explores themes of friendship, resilience, and the enduring power of love. It is a compelling and heartbreaking tale that sheds light on the lives of women in a patriarchal society.

Who should read A Thousand Splendid Suns?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally powerful storytelling
  • Individuals interested in the lives and experiences of women in Afghanistan
  • Those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of war and conflict on personal lives

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Life Lessons Books: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild

Cheryl Strayed

What's Wild about?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a memoir that takes readers on an emotional and physical journey. After experiencing personal hardships, Strayed decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail on her own. Through her honest and introspective storytelling, she reflects on her past and discovers inner strength and healing along the way. It's a captivating tale of adventure and self-discovery.

Who should read Wild?

  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal growth stories
  • Outdoor and adventure enthusiasts looking for inspiring tales of wilderness exploration
  • Individuals seeking motivation and empowerment to overcome challenges and find inner strength

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Life Lessons Books: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Have a Little Faith

Mitch Albom

What's Have a Little Faith about?

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom is a heartwarming and thought-provoking book that delves into the meaning of faith and spirituality. Through the stories of two very different men – a rabbi and a pastor – Albom explores the power of belief, the importance of doubt, and the universal truths that connect us all. It challenges readers to reflect on their own beliefs and encourages a deeper understanding and acceptance of others.

Who should read Have a Little Faith?

  • Readers seeking to explore the intersection of different faiths and find common ground
  • Individuals grappling with questions about spirituality, belief, and the human experience
  • Those who enjoy heartfelt and thought-provoking storytelling that offers valuable life lessons

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Life Lessons Books: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

What's Thirteen Reasons Why about?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a compelling novel that delves into the delicate issues of teenage suicide, bullying, and the ripple effects of our actions. Told through cassette tapes left by a girl named Hannah Baker, it follows the thirteen reasons why she decided to take her own life. This thought-provoking book challenges us to reconsider how we treat others and the impact it can have.

Who should read Thirteen Reasons Why?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of teenage mental health and bullying
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking narratives and multiple perspectives
  • People who want to gain insight into the impact of small actions on others

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Life Lessons Books: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

What's The Secret Life of Bees about?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a captivating novel that delves into themes of family, love, and the power of female community. Set in the American South in the 1960s, it tells the story of a young girl named Lily Owens who runs away from her abusive father in search of her mother's past. She finds refuge with three beekeeping sisters and discovers the extraordinary world of bees, while also uncovering the truth about her own family.

Who should read The Secret Life of Bees?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories and strong female protagonists
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family, resilience, and the power of female community
  • People who appreciate richly detailed settings and lyrical, evocative writing

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 FAQs 

What's the best Life Lessons book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Eat, Pray, Love as the ultimate read on Life Lessons.

What are the Top 10 Life Lessons books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
  • Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life by Garrain Jones

Who are the top Life Lessons book authors?

When it comes to Life Lessons, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Markus Zusak
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Colleen Hoover
  • Mitch Albom