We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too. Yes, books are a form of portable magic that unleashes itself and works it’s magic on us as we finish each chapter. For thousands of years, ever since humans evolved into intellectual beings, they have written down their stories and quests, in various ways. Books go back to the men in caves who carved their stories on the wall, from Mayan language books that speak of humans and their journey to the great epics of Mahabharata to the oldest epic of Gilgamesh, the Vedas, all those long lost manuscripts written, have a story to tell, a world to explore.That’s how powerful writing has been. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, one life with every book he reads and the world he creates around it. If not for all the books in the world, there are a few books that are a must read for everyone. These are totally worth the read! They change and impact our minds in the most beautiful way.
Here is a list of the top five books that are a must read for everyone out there who seek a new meaning to life and happiness.
THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho
The alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history. The story revolves around a shepherd boy Santiago on a quest to search for treasure buried under the Egyptian pyramids. But what starts as a journey to find worldly treasure turns into a discovery of the treasure found within himself. This book is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams. This book has inspired people all over the world to pursue and live their dreams. This book reaches out to many with wonderful messages and teaches us how to embrace the present, overcome fear, make bold decisions, be wild and free and most of all to follow our hearts at every step of our journey.
THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI By Robin Sharma
The monk who sold his Ferrari is a beautiful inspiring book about the personal development of character and the disciplined needed in life to follow our goals and discover our inner self. The Indian writer himself is a leadership guru that inspires the hearts of millions over the world. It became a best seller with over 3 million copies sold. The story revolves around two characters Julian and John who leave behind their busy lives to seek a spiritual journey in the Himalayas and discover their true selves.
THE SECRET By Rhonda Byrne
The secret is a best selling 2006 self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne. This book is full of positivity and lessons that bring about drastic changes in our lives. It is based on the law of attraction and claims that positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increased happiness and health. The book has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. It has attracted a great deal of controversy for its claims.
SALT by Narriyah Waheed
Salt is a collection of poetry that explores the realities of multiple identities. It’s a journey through warmth and love. It explores diasporic life and pain, the self, healing, celebrating life. It was published in 2013. A brilliant collection expressing amazing stories in such limited words. Her talent at communicating and capturing entire experiences and emotions in a handful of words is mesmerizing This book takes us on an emotional ride with its intense poems.
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE By Dale Carnegie
How to win friends and influence people is one of the first best selling self help books ever published. It has sold over 30 million copies world wide and went on to be ranked 19 in the list of 100 most influential books. The original book provides colourful anecdotes and insightful wisdom. Carnegie combined old age theories with the emerging field in psychology to present a book in human relations which is very interesting and highly influential. It emphasizes the use of others egotistical tendencies to one’s advantage. The writer released the 3rd and latest edition of the book in 2011.
These books bring a lot of meaning into our otherwise monotonous lives.
Happy reading to all.