These books have contributed greatly to my human becoming and I thank their respective authors for sharing to the world such beautiful stories: 1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling made my growing up years really enjoyable and truly memorable. Reading HP books was also therapeutical. 2. Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore and South of the Border, West of the Sun were all written by Haruki Murakami, a unique and inspirational author who leaves you with more questions than answers. On the bright side, though most of his stories have cliff-hanger endings, one cannot help but feel in awe of Murakami's rich prose and heart-wrenching prose. His words have the power to change the way you see this world. 3. House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende taught me the real essence of humanity and the importance of posterity. 4. Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude to give us a glimpse of the joys and horrors of living in this world. What books have changed your life for the better?