Recommended Books by Savi – Part 1

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven tells the story of Eddie, the head of 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.

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.

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 a judgment or ultimatum, but every chapter has a message or thought to ponder upon. The book is not a 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 Book of Tomorrow – Cecelia Ahern

A modern and magical fairy tale. The story is mysterious and heartwarming. The author’s selection of words is commendable and puts in the right amount of magic to come up with one breath-taking story. Every family has its own problems and secrets. Sometimes, in some unfortunate circumstances, a rock bottom event occurs so that the family starts to work on their problems and start the healing process. Everything comes together and the end is an explosive conclusion. The biggest revelation in the climax is a big shock. It puts all the elements into a clear perspective. One can’t put this book down once picked up.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 learnt and felt the mesmerizing power of words from this book and I hope to do so in my writings as well.

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.

The First Phone Call from Heaven – Mitch Albom

Imagine receiving a phone call from someone who was once in your life and is now deceased. Imagine further that the caller is telling you that they are in heaven. The story is an allegory about faith and miracles. It’s a feel good story and has some good story telling. The story unfolds and you meet a whole cast of characters with a wide array of responses to this miracle of receiving phone calls from people who are dead. Some embrace it as proof of heaven while others are skeptical about it, or others are downright hostile. This book is a treat for readers on multiple levels. It makes you feel good, makes you ponder, and engulfs you in a great story with some amazing characters.