A good book not only transforms you but it also leaves you with a lasting impression. If you are a reader, a learner or a leader; reading is going to open you up to a new world. Here are some of the books that I have read and have been inspired from. I strongly recommend you to read them at least once.
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture quite literally, is about a professor with a terminal illness. Taken from a speech that he wanted to impart to his students, family, friends, everyone as he came to grips with his condition. Randy Pausch had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had some months to live. This is an emotionally charged and moreover a spiritually powerful story. The author is trying to explore the territory that we all face, but he was hanging at the edge of his existence when he put up all of this together. Randy, with this perspective in mind, shares with the readers what is most important. Moreover, the book can speak for itself.
Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter
“… there is something about everything that you can be glad about if you keep hunting long enough to find it.”
Pollyanna – the little glad girl, will fill you with positivity and happiness which will surely change your way towards seeing life. What a great little book! It’s just a wonderful, uplifting story with a simple but extremely important message we too often tend to forget. It is a gift to be able to see or find the positive side of things, especially when you’re down on your luck. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
This book is an inspirational real-life story of Professor Morrie Schwartz albeit carrying a life-altering message for all. We know that wisdom grows with the age. Moreover, the development of wisdom also starts to accelerate when mortality is clear. This book has many themes like loss, physical affection, greed, compassion, and modesty. The book is truly beautiful and is a heart-warming piece of art. One of the most beautiful and thought-provoking books, I have read. It condenses all the key messages of life. Precisely, this book has something for everyone to learn. A must read.
Sita – Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik cleverly puts in all his eye-catching and unique mural like art all over the book, which makes it extremely interesting to read. The book is phenomenal in its design and its art. It tells why Ramayan is not just a book. He explains to us how every community/class/religion/nationality has their own version or understanding of the Ramayana, reminding us that it has been circulated and been a part of varied people for centuries. This book will unconsciously grow a seed of spirituality in you.
Who Will Cry When You Die – Robin Sharma
This book offers to its readers, beautiful pieces of advice if taken seriously can actually make a huge impact on a personal level. It can create good habits and values that can lead one to their success. It is a beautifully written, also quick and easy to read or follow. After reading this book you will receive strength, embrace positivity and be self-disciplined. There are 101 lessons/solutions to have a more happy and fulfilling life. This is a great book if you want lots of motivation.
The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom
The Time Keeper is a light read and is full of lessons. Lessons that will keep the reader thinking and lessons that will fill their thoughts. It focuses on a man back in the Stone Age – the first person to discover time. This book utilizes the imagery and symbolism common to the creation of myths while uniting the lives of all the characters. Each character’s story blankets together to form a thicker depth and it also caused me to do some self-evaluation. The characters produce a sense of remorse and emotion in the heart of readers. One of the major highlights of this books is Mitch Albom’s creativity regarding the plot creation. The book has lots of sequences that are filled with inspirational lore.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK – Mark Manson
This book grows on you as you read it. An amazing write up along with sufficient illustrations. Since it’s counterintuitive and very practically thought of, this book surely influences one’s day to day thinking and reorients one’s mind to let one start living life to the fullest. This book is really good when it comes to examining the various common aspects of life. This is a self-development book like no other, and I’d say for now, that it’s a must-read.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
It’s a strong powerful story narrated beautifully by Death himself. Markus Zusak presents a poignant, heart-breaking, soul-shattering yet beautiful story of Liesel, the book thief. The lyrical narration, vivid character development and profound writings about war, death, loss, and love make this book a masterpiece. Personally, this book has helped me immensely in developing as a reader and writer. I have learned and felt the mesmerizing power of words from this book and I hope to do so in my writings as well.
Jaya – Devdutt Pattanaik
This book is not just the retelling of the epic Mahabharata but a true treasure of lessons. The author has accumulated various stories all scattered in various parts and cultures of the country and has given a meaningful essence to the readers. The illustrations are extremely eye-catching. Moreover, unlike other retellings of the Mahabharata, here in this story the author has not given any conclusion or portrayed anyone as the hero or the villain. The true meaning of Karma, dharma, and adharma is vividly explained here. Everyone, whether they are an atheist or an agnostic could read this book undoubtedly.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Simple, enchanting and inspiring, ‘The Alchemist’ is all about dreams, desires, and destiny. This book may not score high on literature as compared to other classics but it’s sheer simplicity and wisdom makes it a must-read for today’s generation. I strongly believe in Paulo’s philosophy, “When you truly want something, the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it.” It has made me the storyteller I am today.
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert, for writing this much-needed book on creativity. It was practical, helpful, comforting and inspiring. Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a quilter, a pottery-maker, a dancer, a singer, a circus artist, or anything else that could be considered even remotely creative, you need to pick up this book. You need to read it carefully, slowly, fully, and let it seep into your core. Trust the words. Trust the Magic. If you’re someone who is hesitating writing a story idea and you need a nudge, this will definitely provide that boost of confidence. Or if you just want to head in the game, I think it’s good to make sure you’re in touch with your creativity and humility.
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Consider honoring the Little You that still remains, and resides within you, and read this salute to childhood, to innocence, and to you. It just takes a ‘Little’ imagination and bravery. It’s a small book with some deep and beautiful thoughts which can truly help you in seeing the world and living your life in a better way.
Have A Little Faith – Mitch Albom
Have a Little Faith is an outstanding story about a Rabbi, who is a Christian Minister. Rabbi is a man of very little faith. The book takes the reader on an incredible journey and leaves them with a beautiful message in the end. Mitch Albom’s simple storytelling can touch the reader’s soul. This book is about faith and also about believing in something that is actually bigger than you and yourself. It’ll make you rethink and retrospect about all your future acts, decisions and what life is really all about. It surely gave me a lesson.
The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak, the acclaimed Turkish author unfolds in her novel, two parallel narratives. It is a wonderful novel, it aims at shortening the distance that lies between love and faith, and helps in dissolving the convulsions of troubled souls in the vase of tolerance. The book is not necessarily a love story, but it moves around the theme of adoration. The book does not provide any sort of judgment or ultimatum, but every chapter has a message or thought to ponder upon. The book is not religious research, but it is definitely immersed in mysticism.When referring to the sequence of the events and the diversity of characters, the novel turns out to be interesting and exciting. The syntax is apparently simple and smooth. There is an indirect introduction to certain principles and values of Rumi and Sufism.
The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
It’s the battle between good and evil. There are various elements in the story. From angels and devils to a rogue wolf, to an arms dealer etc. and all of this occurs in a rural community, in Brazil. The story raises an important question of trying to discover if humans are generally good or evil, and also why if God existed would allow evil things to happen to good people. The vivid portrayal of imperfect people having to make the most difficult and challenging decision of their lives. This is a book that makes you look at yourself and wonder why you make your decisions. It’s also a book filled with beautiful writing, legends, and stories for its readers.
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom
This book is a wonderful narration of the life of Frankie Presto. The story deserves to be read by everyone who loves music. The unexpectedly beautiful anthropomorphic narrator: Music. The many musical references and interesting innuendos sprinkled throughout the story, make the reading delightful. The ebb and flow that occurs between the past and the present, time and place, is another delightful story element. The characters are very beautiful, each narrating their own experiences and adding to the richness of the atmosphere. Overall, the story is undoubtedly exceptionally woven, is surrealistic and realistically magical, has heartfelt moments, is also compelling, and a little bittersweet. One gets caught up in the magic of the strings, and make us ponder on the way music affects the lives and the paths of musicians or artists and their families.
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
When it comes to love stories and soul mates, ‘The Notebook’ is my personal favorite. Nicholas Sparks has the power to go deep into your soul and pull out your innermost thoughts and feelings. The romance between the main characters Noah and Allie is passionate and sublime. It’s a modern-day classic romantic story of the power of true love across time, across social conventions, and ultimately conquering all.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
If you have to write just one book, this is the one to write. A classic that needs no introduction. This book is an eye-opener and I learned a lot of things about sadness and happiness, racism and equality, immaturity and maturity, injustice and redemption. Only after you read it, you will realize why it’s an ultimate masterpiece that has stood the test of time.
For One More Day – Mitch Albom
Charley Benetto is at rock bottom, having lost all that meant anything in his life. He decides life is not worth living. But then he gets an unexpected gift which is to have one more day with his mother who has been dead for eight years. This is a book about relationships, and especially those between a parent and child. It is a story about the choices one has made in a lifetime. It shows you the real & purest love you will ever know. Love without any limitation.This book is intriguing and emphasizes beautifully on a mother-son relationship. It makes the reader reflective and also makes the reader’s eyes go moist and choke with emotion. A beautiful story.
Manuscript Found in Accra – Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho takes you on a spiritual and philosophical voyage. He takes his readers deep down into the unfathomable depth of his wisdom and also guides them to collect the lost pearls of human virtue. This book has 20 powerful and spiritual lessons ranging over topics from beauty, to elegance, to luck, to loyalty, to enemies, to defeat and also towards forgiveness and anxiety. Paulo Coelho’s wording serves as the guiding light. Sometimes, all of us have times in our lives where the questions seem to outweigh all of our answers that we seek. It’s a quick read, but it’s loaded with lots of life-affirming and life-altering advice.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven tells the story of Eddie, the head of the maintenance department at a well-known amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, Eddie had a severe accident. Along with Eddie, the reader gets to know what he discovered in his afterlife. Every now and then, there are flashback scenes to some of Eddie’s previous birthdays. The book portrays that our lives don’t end by our death. All the events and the people in our lives are interconnected. Each soul that reaches to heaven has to meet five persons in its afterlife from which it gets to know five lessons and secrets. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a unique, interesting, well-written and very creative story. Also, it’s an easy and quick read.
Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert touches the heart of her readers because of her honest, open, sincere, and often hilarious account. She finds her spiritual awakenings in an Indian Ashram. This book has many things like, her traveling adventures, her vivid descriptions of Italy, India and Indonesia and her stories about the people she encounters on her journey. It also shows her efforts to seek pleasure, devotion and balance in life and also her love story at the end. It is a great read to touch anyone who has ever woken up to having an unrelenting desire for change.
On Writing – Stephen King
All of you who want to be a writer or are fascinated by the world of writing, I absolutely recommend this gem. When it comes to writing, King offers advice in a comprehensive manner; he is concise and straightforward in his presentation of the fundamental approaches to writing that have shaped him as an author.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
It is really an emotional, deep and realistic story. Charlie (the protagonist) showed me that no matter what happens, what we experience, we always have a right to feel the way we feel, just because. He showed me the purity of feelings, the beauty of thoughts, generosity of love and warmth of friendship. He made me appreciate books and poetry more, and see the impact they have on people’s lives. To all those who feel they are a mismatch in this world, all those who find it hard to connect with people, this one is for you.
I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak
Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.
Highly recommend this funny and touching story. It will pump you up to believe in yourself and do things which are really important in life.
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein
This book is the type of book that makes you think about your life and reevaluate your values and what you think you know. It is the type of book that makes you question what you’d do in a given situation if the tables were turned. There is no doubt that the book is able to touch you deeply with its moving story of life as a journey, the relationship. If you let it, it may make you a better person.
Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho’s books are mostly character driven and Maria is a wonderful one. This book is not about what you want to be. It is about what you choose to be. Coelho, through his masterful use of simple language, has created a vivid, thought-provoking, and unforgettable experience.
The Sun and her flowers – Rupi Kaur
The sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. Her poems are relatable and exceptionally written. It made me fall in love with ‘writing’ and ‘words’.
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
Real lives, real incidents, real words and all this in two or maybe three pages per story! Sugar dolls out advice from a painful life, a life of mistakes, of coming out on the other side, and her disclosures and what she lays bare will often leave you speechless. But it is her compassion and kindness, her lack of judgment yet with a healthy dose of straight talk, that won me over. Recommended to anyone interested in becoming a better, more resilient and generous human.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossein
It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment. The story is about two women leading through miserable and broken lives in Afganistan and how they try to reach for a better future. We all need to be reminded of how blessed we are at times. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an emotional and enlightening story.
The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
This story was more about life than love. No matter what decision you make, it is going to affect your present and future. And if it is meant to be, then it has to be. Life is full of surprises and you don’t know what would come next. But giving up is not the option.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
Richard Bach’s main character Jonathan Livingston, who is a seagull, is told by all his personal that seagulls can’t fly, like many of us are dissuaded by family and friends from realizing our true calling. According to the world, compliance is a must. Jonathan meets his mentor who carefully encourages him to achieve what his heart wants. A truly inspirational story.
Heidi – Johanna Spyri
Heidi’s infectious pleasantness carries easily over the Swiss Alps and into my life. It will speak to you of forgiveness. It will teach you to appreciate the richness of relationships and the expansive nature. It will teach you first and foremost that love is the foundation for the happiness of man.
Everything, everything – Nicola Yoon
Everything, everything is fast paced, unique, romantic, witty, and heartbreaking altogether. The author’s approach to communication and observation when the main character is confined to her house is interesting. I loved the writing and how I was able to connect with the story. It is a sweet story with lots of feels and I loved how I couldn’t put down the last half.
Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
A simple book with some the lies we tell ourselves and solutions to get out of them. This one is for all the women/girls out there. I’m sure you can get one or two answers out there which can be very helpful to come out of some painful situations in life.
Unposted Letters – Mahatria Ra
Unposted letters by Mahatria is a self-improvement book with a very practical approach that can be used to solve the problems of today’s world. It would really help you to establish the regime of peace and understanding in the world if you follow the principles contained in this book diligently. This book has taught me that life is not going to change in the way I like; rather I have to change myself according to the changing demands of life. A book that can be gifted to anyone irrespective of one’s age group.
Love Story – Erich Segal
I laughed. I cried. I fell in love. I learned. I simply love the book. It was indeed beautifully written and it reached out into the depths of my soul. It’s a very simple story but it was the emotions in the book which made it so beautiful.
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
Murakami is known for his magical realism and dreamlike narration and he nails it to perfection in this book. Two parallel narrations with engaging characters and storyline will keep you glued to the book for days. Each chapter will make you want to read more and more. And, it will make you love ‘reading’ and ‘books’.
Most and More – Mahatria Ra
Reading this book reminded me of the many things that I subconsciously believe in, but don’t always follow. When I need motivation and when I’m in doubt, I glance through this book to increase my drive. A simple read with simple yet profound messages.
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
This book might seem like a normal teenage story but it’s not. It deals with many important and emotional issues like bullying, poverty, and violence. While I really enjoyed their love story, I really couldn’t help but feel sad during those dark and emotional scenes. I was really surprised how despite these tragic moments; the author has portrayed love and friendship so beautifully. Some scenes are very horrific and intense, but they were well balanced with the sweet romance of Eleanor and Park.
Veronica Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
This book questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns which society considers to be normal. Poignant and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity. The book has inspired me to live in a happier manner and is a pure work of art by Paulo.
Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda
A book you will go to, again and again, and again. The entire journey Paramhansa Yogananda undertook from East to West is a symbol of transcending the borders and the differences, and discovering that, first, you are one with God, and second, you are one with God who lives in all the people. It flows smoothly and is candidly written and best of all helps you to gain glimpses of your own soul or life without practicing grandiose ideas or rituals.
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
One of the most heart wrenching, beautiful and inspiring novel. Hazel Grace and Augustus will inspire you to live life with their struggle to live every day. A story of love and life. It made me cry, it made me value life and it made me live my life in a better way.
Chanakya’s Chant – Ashwin Sanghi
Want to read a fast-paced, interesting thriller? This is the one. The story is set in two different ages – in ancient Bharat & in the present day. What this book very well explores is how witty, cold, cruel, cunning & calculating individuals both Chanakya & Gangasagar are – who will use the dirtiest tricks in the manual to achieve their ulterior motives. To all those who aspire to write a book can learn a lot from this book.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari
In the book, “21 lessons for the 21st century, Yuval Noah Harari raises challenging questions about concepts that have become so enshrined in the global society and the author shows how these concepts have failed us, particularly now that we need them the most. This book rattles the foundation of everything we have believed over the years and how they are now the very things that have stopped us from coming together to fight and win the battle of the future. A must read for all!
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who were not only meant for each other, but it was as if they were destined to be together. They will go on to face obstacle upon obstacle, but their love for one another never wanes. Even with all the questions surrounding the strange affliction attributed to the main character, I cared for the characters and worried about their destiny.
Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
This Story is on one side a story of misadventure and a melancholic exploration of adolescent love and another side a thought-provoking and poignant study of memory and morality. Murakami never disappoints and always writes with a poetic richness that leaves almost every line hanging with symbolic possibility.
Shyam – Devdutt Pattanaik
This book is about glimpses of Krishna’s existence, also about the birth of Kansa, and other stories. What I loved the most about Devdutt’s books is, they are well researched and detailed. It tells about Krishna’s teachings, observations, and his life. The prologue and epilogue are also very interesting and unique as always. Get ready to learn!
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
Filled with hope and all heart, Mitch Albom once again addresses the meaning of life and proves his point beautifully. Sometimes a book can just be what you need and in this case, with all the hatred and cruelty that seem to surround us today, this book offered me, along with a few tears, a port in a storm.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
It’s a story of life and death and what comes in between. It beautifully covers the themes of acceptance, family, friendship, and hardships of life. The book not only makes you cry, but it also makes you laugh. Just read it! You won’t get disappointed!!