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Books Make You Appreciate Life One thing that most readers will agree to is that books make you feel more alive, happy, calm and fulfilled. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a story that will make you appre- ciate life in its most simplistic form. Although the decadence and hedonistic theme of the story makes you go back to it over and over again, you cannot help but be repulsed by the double stan- dards that we practice in our real lives. We pretend to be someone we are not, because we are too afraid to show our real face to the world, and are afraid that we will be rejected. We reject the amaz- ing sense of the fleeting beauty of life and nature. For those who are forever grasping at straws to be more beautiful and are constantly indulging in Botox and facelifts should learn a thing or two from the fate of Dorian Gray. Another book that will make you happy to be alive is The Facts Of life by Graham Joyce. The story of an illegitimate male child raised in an era after the Second World War, will certainly make you want to give your parents a tight hug. The after- maths of the powerful feelings will definitely stay with you for a long time. Reading books like The Stand by Stephen King and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, can make you appreciate life as it is and make you understand that good people can do bad things and the preconceptions that we have developed about life and other people will be washed anew. It’s the weighty responsibility of an author to inspire ideas and thoughts into the minds of their readers and to transform their lives for the better. It is their duty to not just talk about the good things, but also introduce them to the injustice, the hunger, the unfulfilled, and the unlucky aspects of life. These rich and heady observations, suggestions, stories, and research will make you create better decision-making skills and better habits. "Books will make you happier in an everlasting and meaningful way." 12