Deciding which book is worth a read or not is often difficult. Good thing we have Oprah to do the job for us! Her thought-provoking book club – started in 1996 – gives the reader a variety of selections for all genres and all types of readers out there. With over a decade of books to choose from, these are some of the books that have really resonated with her. Here is our top 10 list of the best Oprah’s Book Club selections from the last decade (in no particular order).
1. A New Earth
By Eckhart Tolle
When Oprah picked this for her Book Club in 2008, she gave audience members Post-it pens along with their copies. This follow-up to Tolle’s The Power of Now is a real-life guide to unleashing your best self on the world. In Tolle’s view, the ego is humanity’s enemy, and if we release our conscious attachments to our egos, we will live more fulfilling lives. He also believes this will help end most of the conflict and suffering in the world. If you’re looking for a book to help you be your best you, this is the one.
By Cheryl Strayed
After Cheryl Strayed’s world fell to shambles, struggling with a crumbling marriage, drugs, infidelity and her inability to move on from her mother’s death, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – over 1,000 miles of rough terrain – alone. With no prior hiking experience, she set out on the adventure. This memoir-turned-movie (starring Reese Witherspoon) is a tale of how she finds the physical and emotional strength to push forward, both on the trail and in her life. This book recaps the highs and lows experienced along the way, as well as some flashbacks to her life prior to the journey. Be prepared to cry but ultimately this story is an uplifting inspiration. Oprah has said of the book, “I was on the edge of my seat… It is just a wild ride of a read… stimulating, thought-provoking, soul-enhancing.”