Books are incredibly powerful tools. They enthrall us, amuse us, enlighten us and most importantly, influence the way we think.
Through books, we can gain knowledge about so many things and gain new perspectives that can help change our lives for better or for worse.
If you reflect, there is bound to be that one book that got you thinking. While you try to remember the name of that book, check out our roundup of best books to read about life:
Of Mind & Matter: The Mystery of Life by Angelo Pitoni
If I had to pick just one book about life that you absolutely need to read, it’d be a book called Of Mind & Matter, by Angelo Pitoni, and brought to the U.S by Claudio Fortunato. This book serves as a guide to life and everything you’ve ever wondered: from God & Satan, to hypnosis, telekinesis, reincarnation, karma, and the list goes on. Written as a dialogue between a man and what he calls “eternal evanescence”, it is a question and answer session that is sure to leave you wondering about life for a long time to come.
“Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes.
What could possibly happen if you went about saying “yes” to everything? What’s the worst that could possibly happen? Well, the writer of the popular series “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” took up a challenge of saying yes. She did this for a whole year and the results transformed her life. Basically, what this book touches on is that in life there are so many reasons to want to turn down opportunities but for once why not challenge yourself to do something different and maybe something good will come off it.
“The Road Less Travelled” by Dr. M. Scott.
There is a thin line separating love from dependency. So, how do you tell them apart? This spiritual and intellectual book explores the very nature that defines love, relationships and how to attain a certain fullness from the life we live. From the opening line of the text, “Life is difficult,” the author makes readers understand that the journey to spiritual growth is lengthy and often times arduous, but the high reward of self-understanding that awaits is worth it.
“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.
As humans, we often underestimate the value of friendship and the power that comes with forming connections with other living things. In this fictional tale of a man by the name of Ove, we get to see how a man deemed as cranky and bitter steadily changes due to interactions with a young couple and their two kids. The book is both heartwarming and comedic but still insightfully explores the way simple encounters can impact our lives.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.
About to start a new chapter in life? Then you need to read this book to embrace new beginnings and challenges you might face. We all have that one person in our life that might have left a lasting mark. For the author Mitch Albom, it was his college professor Morrie Schwartz, and after 20 years he got the chance to reconnect and ask those questions he always wanted to. This book not only chronicles the last moments they had together but also gives profound advice on how to live.
“Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.
What is the point of amassing knowledge when in a dire moment, it fails to be of use? In this fictional adventure tale, a young son of a zookeeper Pi Patel with excellent knowledge of animals and love for philosophy is the only one in a lifeboat with wild animals. How does a young boy go on to beat the odds of survival? While this book is not a tale of religion, it emphasizes the importance of having something to believe in regardless of whether it is a supreme being or your own strength.