There’s no better time than now to finally catch up on those books you’ve been dying to read but never seem to find the time for. Or if you don’t know where to start, here are 10 great books we recommend:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A true classic, the book follows a magical journey of a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago. The curious shepherd learns his Personal Legend, his life’s path, finds the treasure beyond his wildest dreams and so much more. The book is a charming read about self-acceptance and pursuing dreams.
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
The first fule of frog-eating: if you have to eat two frogs, eat the uglier one first. The analogy is that if you have two tasks before you, start with the hardest and most important one. It’s about killing procrastination by tackling the toughest tasks first then persist through until the task is complete before you move on to the next one.
1984 by George Orwell
A book so good it’s practically become a cliche and no matter how many editions, it has never lost its furious message. A society that took the paranoid surveillance and control to chillingly relatable conclusions while any kind of bravery is futile when the Big Brother finally made its way into your mind. I’d recommend a paperback read for this one.
Simplify by Joshua Becker
A book that tells you how to live more by owning less. His rational of minimalism came when he was simply trying to clean out his garage and a mention of an old saying from the neighbour, ‘The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.’ The book isn’t just about figuring what things to keep and what not to. It’s also about knowing what we most value in life and intentional removal of those that distracts us from it.
The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
This book is like a blueprint on how to make creativity a daily habit. Written by the world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp, this book is an insight into how she’s created a daily ritual to live very creatively while still incorporating rigid training and practising schedules throughout her professional life. Make no mistake, this book applies to people from all walks of life.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
This has been one of my favourite reads and it stands out for a reason. Opposite from the title, the book is not about being indifferent to everything in life. It’s about not overthinking things and just take actions because the moment we finally stop ‘Giving a F*ck’ and start doing is when things start happening in our lives. While an audiobook version is great, ebook and paperback would be just as fulfilling.
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Notoriously difficult to translate, this book revolves around a young cadet who writes to Rilke sharing some of his own verses and asking for tips and advice. While Rilke’s reply could be interpreted as saying, ‘please go away and don’t write to me again’, the way it was written was rather, shall we say, beautifully exquisite. In the end, the conclusion was, as Rilke put it, ‘There is only one way. Go into yourself.’
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Have you ever been so focused on a task that you felt like time stood still? Have you ever been so taken by an activity that you’ve forgotten to eat or drink? That time you felt like you were ‘in the zone’ while working on a project that resulted in a sense of enjoyment while you’re working on it? This is what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defined as the ‘Flow’ state and this book is all about controlling, invoking and achieving the flow state in whatever you do to experience ultimate enjoyment from it.
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Moved from Britain to New York, Olivia Laing is reeling from the sudden spell of loneliness after the relationship that brought her across the sea has abruptly ended. All alone in a new country and an unfamiliar city, she was forced onto a quest to master the art of being alone.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
This non-fiction New York Time’s Best Seller is a hodgepodge of John Berendt’s travel journal, autobiography, gothic tales, and true crime story of the time he spent living in Savannah, Georgia. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone: cultural exploration, interpersonal growth, people stories, and, of course, the sensational murder trial. I enjoyed the paperback version but I’m sure the audiobook or the ebook formats would be just as brilliant.
Are there any titles you think we should add to this list? Please recommend in the comment section.