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You've GOT to Read This Book!: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life

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There's nothing better than a book you can't put down—or better yet, a book you'll never forget. This book puts the power of transformational reading into your hands. Jack Canfield, cocreator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and self-actualization pioneer Gay Hendricks have invited notable people to share personal stories of books that changed their liv ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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Well, in my opinion, this was a pretty okay book. The stories in the beginning and the end are better than those in the middle section. The middle section gets a bit new-agey, unoriginal, and ... to be honest, boring.

In a nutshell, someone got together a bunch of people (who more or less fall under the category of successful) and asked them about the book that changed their lives, then wrote a book about it. In fact, it says so on the cover, so there's your head's up--you might not relate to the
Sarah Wagner
Jan 03, 2011 Sarah Wagner rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those seeking inspiration
Checked out from the St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet branch.

I think the level of enjoyment a reader will get out of this book highly depends on their expectations. Admittedly, I checked this book out hoping to get leads on books I might want to read based on the writers' experiences. However, it reads as a more "inspirational" book than a reference. I probably should have expected this, as it is a collaboration between Jack Canfield (co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Gay Hendric
Feb 25, 2010 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is seeking ...
Recommended to Rayni by: It jumped out at me.
This is a book I really would like to have so I can mark passages I want to remember. It is a fantastic read. It is amazing how one book can change a person's outlook. It reminded me of the Buddhist proverb, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Max Edelman's transformational book was Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. "That irredeemably evil book considered the bible of Nazism, rearranged not only my future, but the face of the world as well." He goes on to state that the book changed
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Most of the books people read were self-help or spiritual/inspirational kinds of books. Being the fiction reader that I am, I wanted more of those kinds of stories from people. The only real ficiton books were A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill a Mockingbird. I really wanted to be inspired to read some books I hadn't. But I find that some spiritual books appeal to a limited audience and not to a wider one. I guess it was interesting, but I also had n ...more
Oct 04, 2007 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one, really.
I was stuck in Pittsburgh without a book (gasp!) and ran by a nearby Barnes and Noble to pick something up. I LOVE books where people talk about their favorite books and why they like them, so I snapped this one up without looking at it carefully. That was a mistake.

This book is edited by Jack Canfield, "author" of those Chicken Soup books, and he basically got all of his friends to recommend each others' books. A waste of time.
I was really disappointed by this book. The books were mostly feel-good religious/spiritual or business success secrets. Only about 1/4 of them were actual novels, and one of the people suggested a book written by one of the editors. It might appeal to someone looking for books to help them improve their lives or grow a business or something, but I was looking for books that opened the reader to well-written and amazing stories.
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Summary from From two acclaimed experts and authors on personal transformation comes a collection of stories from notable people about the books that have been transformational in their lives, and why they've had such an impact.\nFor me, this book was just okay. I did add 12 books to my to be read list (its lengthy). But 12 out of 55 isnt real great odds, in my opinion. \nI did not know many of the notables who were featured in the book, but thats okay. There was quite a bit of new ...more
I read the first half of the book and skimmed the last half as soon as I realized that the vast majority of the books the individuals say changed their lives were self-help books, books about getting rich and being successful. I was hoping for a broader range of books and a deeper sense of how literature has influenced people for good, not just lined their pocketbooks. The only contributor I was touched by was Danny Edward Scott Casalenuevo, a man who was serving time in jail for robbery. It was ...more
I found this book very entertaining, surprising and useful. It was certainly remarkable to see where many of these people found their inspiration. Now having read the 55 reasons for the choices I see the connections myself and find that the most surprising of all. It seems there are numerous ways to read and absorb a book. There is more than satisfaction and fulfillment but also practical knowledge and life-changing instruction. I think that this book would be helpful to anyone trying to find th ...more
Juergen John Roscher
As a bibliophile, I am always looking for a good recommendations on books to read, so when I saw this compilation about books that changed the lives of 55 people I thought it might be a good resource to find a few books that I would enjoy reading. I love endorsements on books from successful people, especially if the book had a major influence or is catalyst for change for them.

You’ve Got to Read this Book! is a compilation of stories about 55 successful individuals and the books that had the gr
Garrett Zecker
I got this book for a dollar at the dollar store, and I always enjoy an experience like that because I can simply say that there are no preconceptions about how excellent the text is or how much I am going to enjoy it. If I get a dollar's enjoyment out of it, I am all set. On top of that, I was also aware that the editors of the text were of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and if it got too cheesy, spiritual, or just plain annoying, I could put it down without regret. What I found was that ...more
I think the concept of this book is interesting and while I didn't know many of the people in the book, I knew most of the books and could relate with their stories. I liked the fact that it was written in little vignettes that made it easy to pick up and read off and on.

In the back it has just the list of contributors with THE book(s) that changed them, and I started reading it by looking at that. I picked out the books that I had read before and was interested to see why they touched others'
Takes a look at what books inspired successful people in different walks of life.

Some stories were inspirational, others were bland and too good to be true stories.

I placed many of the books mentioned in the book under my "to read" category just to get a sense of them on my own. However, many of the books seem like they will be new-age, spiritual journey books which I will most likely put back on the library shelf after browsing through them for a minute or two. Want to give them a try anyways.

Jun 12, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: book lovers who are sentimental over favorites
Recommended to Karen by: found it at the library
What an interesting book. I love to hear about books tha tother people like, what they are inspired by. Books that change peoples lives aren't always the classics, its just something that they needed just at the right moment.

My favorites essays in this book are by Earl Hamner who wrote The Homecoming (The Waltons)a series of my childhood. What an unusual book he chose.
Pierce O'Donnels discussion about what the rule of law means, what a hero is. Reminding us that John Adams defended British soldi
Interesting in the facts of who was mentioned and the books they had enjoyed. Nice easy read for people who like short stories of the readers digest type. Brought a couple of books to mind that I had enjoyed in the past...especially To Kill a Mocking Bird.
Heiki Eesmaa
A number of the people's stories are moving, far beyond the actual books referenced (which include Mein Kampf and the Urantia book).
Edwin Si
Really just a compilation of people talking about their favourite books. Not many famous individuals are among the 55 people who told their stories. Did not leave any unique experience or uncommon idea while reading this book, thus I suspect the contents will be easily forgettable. Nonetheless, the 55 stories might make you visit the book stores to look for what you think you wanted to read. The title of the book "You've got to read this book!" is merely a marketing word and, it's not worth the ...more
Not what I thought this was at all. I don't care about any of these people or the books they've read. It all seems fake.
Laura Jean
I'm always interested in suggestions for books to read. That's one thing that I really enjoy about goodreads. This book was nothing like I expected it to be. I expected that it would be fiction books that changed peoples lives, and for the most part, that wasn't the case. Most of the books were the power of positive thinking type books. I don't much interest in those. Also, there were a few books on Eastern perspectives.

It is interesting to note, though, that two folks selected "The Seven Habits
Eh, this was okay? The emphasis on Christianity got a bit much and unhappy.
Out of all the books recommended, I probably only added 5 to my "to-read" list. Like an old lady that walked across the US to support her cause of campaign finance reform. Just not something I'm interested in. Also, a lot of the people were either depressed or struggling in life and they found some book that helped them out spiritually. I'm doing fine, so those books were not interesting to me either. Further, the 55 people are all successful, but a lot of them talk about a book they read as a k ...more
This book is the same as all those other books of compilations where authors and celebrities of all calibers tell you about the book that changed their lives. Some of the essays are moving, but a lot of them seemed rather calculated to me and their book choices were less than surprising. In addition, I didn't find one of the essays in this book moved me to pick up any of the books they recommended...and I can usually find a book recommendation I can't wait to check out in almost any newsstand ma ...more
There were a few personal stories in this book that sounded truly genuine, but overall, most were about the book that helped them get rich (a surprising variety) or one self-help author discussing the self-help book that helped them the most. blech. Most of the latter sounded too much like segments of their motivational speeches and didn't come through as being very heartfelt. David Barry's story, Jacquelyn Mitchard's, Rafe Esquith's, and Danny Edward's stories really seemed heartfelt and their ...more
The title of this book excited me b/c I am always looking for avenues to find new books to try and read. Of the many listed in this book, the majority were self-help types of books with a few classics thrown in. The stories of why people chose the titles were sometimes interesting (enough to keep me reading) but also followed the inspirational vein. Basically, if you want a pep-talk about how you have the power to change your life, read this book. If you want some good book recommendations, chec ...more
I am an avid book reader and thoroughly believe that a book CAN change someone's life. I wanted to know what some of those books were for other people which is why this book appealed to me.

I enjoyed many of the stories but to be fair, not all of them but I did end up adding several books to my "to read" list. I found myself skipping material near the middle of the book because the stories didn't keep my attention but overall, it was a very quick read and gave me insight into other books that I
As a lover of reading, I picked this book up to learn about other treaured books and why I should read them. Instead, I got a seemingly endless set of recommendations on good self-help and spiritual guidance books which was not at all what I wanted. It's sad when one of the only recommendations in the book that was what I'd hoped for was the very first one, and I was left with the other almost 300 pages looking for more.
I ended up leaving this book at my gym. Perhaps someone else will find more
Mostly dumb books.
35 people were asked to recommend the book that changed their lives. Some of the books I have read and liked and many I had not read. As I think back, I can’t think of any one book that changed my life. There have been many that influenced me, just as each daily meal has nourished me. I’ve shared some of my lists of books that I really liked with some of you. All of those had an influence on it. Yet, I would recommend reading this book to see if there are books that you might want to tackle.

Hmm. Well, this book was certainly not what I expected. Hoping for stories of people inspired by great literature, I instead found a lot of pablum about other people's self-help books. There were a few moderately interesting stories about people and real literature, but a lot of these essays were in praise of Eastern religion, new age cultism, and "make a million dollars by visualization" sorts of books. Blech. Big disappointment. I'm glad this was a library book and I didn't spend anything on i ...more
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Compilation of famous people saying how easy it's been or what they've overcome to get famous.
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chi
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