I'm starting to discover that in different stages of my life I read for different reasons. At the moment, I'm most drawn to novels that provide an almost spiritual or epiphanic experience. This is often due to overtly religious content, such as that in Brothers Karamazov or Siddhartha, but not always. Sometimes a strong identification with certain characters or narrators, such as those in War & Peace or Infinite Jest, is enough to feel that a book is speaking directly to your predicament, and pointing towards new avenues for growth, self-improvement, or self-understanding. These are the kind of books that have the power to make you see your life from a new perspective, and which you can return to in times of doubt or struggle.
I know that this is all incredibly subjective, but does anyone have any recommendations for books that have inspired you in this way?