Everyone has his own meaning of life. If you ask a chess grandmaster the best move, they will tell you that there is no best move in general. There is, however, the best move depending on the varying situations during the game.
The same applies to life’s meaning: there is no general meaning of life, and life’s meaning depends on each individual’s unique set of situations and decisions.
In the same way, choosing the right book depends on the current circumstances and decisions of an individual. Reading a book helps people understand the possibility that their lives can have meaning and that everybody has to figure out his life’s purpose and solutions to their problems according to his own decisions.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.~ René Descartes
I love learning and one of the best ways to learn for me is to read or listen to the stories of people who have plied the same route and help us plan to play in life.
To give you a little context about why I wrote this blog is, Brooo books helped me in my self-healing journey in this Lockdown period and gave me unconventional mindful solutions to my personal and professional problems.
To know more about how I overcame the most difficult days in my life with the help of books read this blog.
So, the main question – What book should you read?
Books are the passageways of the thoughts of philosophers and great people across to us. If you aren’t into books, I’d suggest you start imbibing the habit now.
Bcz, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be.
Therefore, to help you choose a suitable book for yourself I have collaborated with some of my very good reader friends, who have shared their experience in choosing a good book according to their mindsets.
Reading a book is a process, we have to understand what our mind is looking for.
So here we go!
1. The universe works its magic by – Nikhil Prakash
Let me start by saying that I haven’t read too many books. I once thought that I needed to read many books, but gradually I realized that I don’t. And with this, I also fell in love with audiobooks and now I mostly go for audiobooks.
Now coming to my favorite books, My top 3 favorite books are –
- Start with Why,
- How to win friends and influence people,
- and The Power of the Subconscious mind.
Have learned so much from these books.
I think you must have heard that line, “When the student is ready the teacher appears”. And I think this applies to books as well. What I mean is when a person really needs to learn something, or has a desire for something or is pursuing a dream and needs a certain kind of information, then the right book just comes to them.
The universe works its magic. You will find that a friend of yours recommends you a certain book and something just clicks and you just know that you have to read it, or you hear someone talking about a book on a podcast and you just know that you have to buy that book. That’s how it works. At Least for me.
2. My spiritual journey by – Divya Kakkar
It was a time when I had started questioning almost every concept and every definition that I had by far understood or learned, be it how people defined beauty or how they mandated higher education, be it how they refrained from expression or how they talked about miseries.
I had an inner feeling, a very strong one, that if there is a solution to any and all of the human problems, it is inside the human. That was the moment when my quest began, one which I didn’t even know the name of (It doesn’t need one though).
It was when my search for myself began and I was initiated to my spiritual journey. I was tired of believing in what others said and I wanted to, instead, experience all of it myself.
I started reading spiritualists. It further went on to mystical readings. I read a lot of authors from the psychological arena and the spiritual and some of the profound ones included –
1. ‘I am that’ by Nisargadatta Raj,
2.’Who am I’ by Sri Ramana Maharshi,
3.’White Lotus’ by Osho Rajneesh.
As I was exploring the spiritual dimension, I also read another profound insight by
- Gautama Buddha- ‘Maintain a state of balance between physical acts and inner serenity like a lute whose strings are finely tuned”. This is what made me more balanced and grounded both in my physical and spiritual dimensions.
I thus continued reading more from the subject area of my liking- Human Psychology and some of the most profound readings for me were –
1.’Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ by Joseph Murphy,
2. ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne,
3. ‘Frogs into Princes’ by Richard Bandler, ‘
4. A happy pocket full of money’ by David Cameron,
5. You are the placebo’ by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
Finishing this message with Books that changed my life for good-
1.‘Many lives many masters’ by Brian Weiss,
2.‘Change your thoughts, change your life’ by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, and
3.‘You can heal your life’ by Hay Louise.
The only thing I’d want to convey with this excerpt is – ‘Know Thyself complete and the Universe/God/Being will open up to you’.
Do you wish to experience true freedom and a life where you feel empowered, one where you make all your decisions with full confidence, one where you have sustainable relationships and a swelling bank account? Then I highly recommend you to check her work out or have a personal one on one session. Divya Kakkar – Freedom Mindset Coach
3. Books give me a purpose and a direction to live my life by – Niharika Srivastava
I wouldn’t call myself an avid reader, so if you ever see me reading a book, it’s either gifted or I purchased it for a very specific reason.
The last book that I purchased was the biography of Gandhi titled ‘The life of Gandhi’.
I bought this book because I had my cousin over to my place and she is very passionate about Indian history, and a lot of stuff she told me made me very curious to dig more about Mahatma Gandhi and I ended up buying it. I’d suggest everyone read it.
Another thing is, biographies are an instant hit for me because I’m a very confused person who can’t decide on any genre, and hence I mostly end up picking out biographies because it’s a life story, a mixture of everything.
Everybody knows how it ended, but how it started and what situations made them who they are, gives me a purpose and a direction to live my life.
Books I recommend – Biography of Steve Jobs, The life of Gandhi.
4. We don’t choose books, they choose us by –
Real Mindset Before Selecting a book to read.
Select books for reading on the basis of your taste. If you like reading for gratification, select books that are adventuresome and those which have a happy ending.
If you need motivation select books written by famous personalities and their autobiographies. Read any book you want, but you should be persuaded that they are the ones you have a soft spot for, and never forget to implement something magnificent from them.
Choosing what to read is immensely underrated. Nobody can actually explain as everyone has their own pattern of reading. Some enjoy every genre, and some are specific about what to read.
Also, it is said by J.K. Rowling, an iconic writer, ” If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book”
I personally like non-fiction books because I believe, Fiction is fantastic if you want to escape reality, however, if you want to learn how to overcome reality, then your best bet is non-fiction.
Few books I want to suggest are mentioned below:
1) The Story of My experiments with truth – the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi
This book gave me very important lessons in life. It changed my whole perception of life. I was not a fan of “Mahatma Gandhi”, but I fell in love with his life philosophy as soon as I started reading this book. This book is a must-read and it deserves to be on the top of the list. This book can help you in various ways.
2) Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
This is also a must-read book. This book explains how to escape this “rat race” of life and achieve financial independence. Everyone who reads this book should implement it in life. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. In this book, Robert Kiyosaki also explains that for most people, their profession is their income. For rich people, their assets are their income. If all the principles of this book are applied in real-life anybody can achieve financial independence.
3) The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent
I really believe that with positive thinking, one can achieve anything. In this book, Norman Vincent explained how positive thinking can benefit you in the long run. Here are 3 lessons to help you think more positively:
1. Start with confidence and watch your problems shrink.
2. Your world is nothing more than the thoughts you have about your experiences.
3. In order to live worry-free, first, imagine a worry-free life.
4) The 5 AM Club – Robin Sharma.
This is an amazing book, this changed my life completely, now I do better time management and feel more confident as well as healthy. Here are the 3 biggest lessons I’ve learned from this book:
1. Waking up at 5 a.m. will provide you with the solitude and improved brain state to perform like the pros.
2. Balance your four “interior empires” to achieve self-mastery.
3. Don’t waste time when you wake up early, use the 20/20/20 formula.
To understand these three very important lessons, please read this book.
All the best Readers, Happy Reading.
5. “No two people ever read the same book” by – Rashi Garg
I like reading because it gives me room to exist beyond reality. It connects me to the world I want to live within, it motivates me to become the person I always dream of becoming. Reading is beneficial in ways I couldn’t even imagine. It will enhance you as a person, it brings out the best in you. It helps you to empathize, sympathize, understand, and develop an objective outlook.
For me, choosing a book is all about my mood. Although I always plan my monthly reading in advance, sometimes a new book catches my eyes and sometimes a friend suggests (basically puts a knife in my throat) to read a book. But, it is okay to deviate from your reading plan. If you want to read science fiction in the morning and a drama in the evening, it is okay. Period.
Now, I can’t actually recommend any good books until and unless I am aware of your interest and current mood. But here are some all-time favorites:
1. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
“The central narrative theme is the artist’s struggle for existence in a society replete with philistines that destroy him step by step.”
The book concerns itself with the absurdity of the existence of modern life, and the cruelty and incomprehensibility of authoritarian power.
It is a sad story that is evident in the fact that a person is marginalized and despised in a society, on becoming useless and dependent.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It stands apart as a novel—an excellent piece of literature, great characters, plot, and prose. There is sadness, happiness, racism and equality, immaturity and maturity, injustice, and redemption.
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
In the beginning, it sounded like a sweet and simple book based on some farm animals. However, Orwell managed to depict a political satire on the state of humans. Orwell’s style and writing philosophy as a whole reflects his close proximation to the issues prevailing at the time. He used animal characters to make a concise, forceful argument about human morality and politics.
Apart from them, you can always reach out to me on my Instagram handle (@readbyrashi) and I will be happy to help you in choosing your next read.
And if you are still confused as to what to read, just read them all. 🙂
6. Do you have a “Why” while reading a book? by – Ashna Meena
I believe that if you don’t have a “Why” in reading a book then you’re going to find it boring. Maybe you don’t hate reading, it’s just that you are not reading the right book.
So before lockdown, I had a schedule planned for the day, every single day. It gave me a sense of control over my day to day but after the lockdown, everything changed because everything was so uncertain! So I was doing random stuff without giving it much thought.
I was looking for a way out so I read this book “The Slight Edge” and it gave me perspective. So the theory is that what we are doing right now – could be one push up, one page of the book, one unhealthy choice. It’s going to add up in compound interest and you may not see results right now but if you just keep doing the right thing, you’ll see them soon. I’m not talking about anything moral here, just the practical stuff.
One thing that stuck with me was that your graph is never straight; it’s always curved, could be an upward curve, or a downward curve. But it’s not straight.
What determines these upward or downward trajectory of life? These simple steps, that single push-up, that one page of a book, or that unhealthy habit.
I determined I was in the downward curve. To others, it may definitely look like an upward curve but I know that it wasn’t. So I changed the tiny things I did on a daily basis. I promised that I’ll read books during this time and I finished reading 4 books during these months! Crazy for me because I take about months to complete one book because I was inconsistent.
Now it also applied to the money I was saving. Every time paycheck came in I saved some money and it compounded to an amount that I’ve never thought I would ever have in my name!
This book and philosophy are honestly so underrated that I’d teach this to literally anyone at any point of time without any hesitation! It’s that good!
So I guess I found the right book at the right time, which I think is very important because maybe you do like reading but you need to find your book.
7. When I lost faith in everything by – Pariksha Khatania
There is an old saying, “Books are man’s best friends”. It was just a statement until I realized its true meaning. There are times when we need someone by our sides but, at the same time, afraid of sharing our feelings. This is where books play their part. When I was lost and starting to lose faith in almost everything, I simply grabbed the books that changed my perspective towards life. Books taught me how important it is to have a mindset, implement the basic laws, and make your mind think big if one is willing to have a better life.
Being a literature graduate, I have read unnumbered books and each one taught me a lot about society. After a break of about 2 years, I started reading books again but the only difference was, this time it wasn’t about society but for me.
Reading a book always makes me curious about something new with each page and each chapter of the book.
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The story of a Shepherd who is in search of his treasure of life is extremely inspiring. The journey that he leads him to his dream made me work even harder because no matter how hard it is, you’ve got to give your best to what you choose. Hence, this magnificent work and thought of Paulo Coelho made me believe that things that are yours will come to you but all you gotta do is work and work with utmost dedication.
2.The Power of subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy
The next step was to change my thoughts. An amazing way to do that was to pick up the best book that helped me control my mind or, I would say, the ‘subconscious mind’. With a little insight into the psychology of attracting good thoughts and positivity, I understood how important it is to change one’s thought process before moving ahead with ‘the plan’ towards a successful life.
3. The richest man of Babylon by George S. Clason
Taking forward the process of developing myself, I moved ahead with understanding the handling of money with the perfect book ever written ‘The Richest Man of Babylon’. Bringing into light the classic thoughts of ancient money makers, George S. Clason highlighted a few ways to make money, pay one’s loans, and multiply the earnings. Therefore, the parables that reflected such laws, from the richest ancient city ever, unexpectedly inspired me.
4. The magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Finally, it was time to start thinking big and leave behind all the tension, lack of confidence, and fear about everything. By using simple conversational language, David J. Schwartz made me learn how important it is to think big about self-worth without feeling stupid about it.
After making these books a part of my self-development journey, books have become a special part of my life. When each sentence, each story, and each character can introduce you to your powers, I feel there is nothing more amazing than giving books a shot.
Also, if you are leading with hurdles like fear of talking to people, excusitis, procrastination, and insecurity, then you must stop underestimating yourself and read more inspirational books like ‘How to Make Friends and Influence People’, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, and ‘Fifty Years with the Golden Rule.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”~ Dr. Seuss
That’s it! I hope now you got a little idea of How people choose books according to their mindsets.
The art of Books Retention by Shubhangi Jain
The science of selecting a book or the retention of what we read! Some read fictional books, some read nonfiction books.
How do we pick what we take home from every book we read?
I mean a self-help book that has 12 chapters and all packed with high-intensity stuff in it, what do you do then?
Do you take in what’s needed or the discard what’s not?
Here is how…
It’s really not your gut who is deciding what to take from a book or not, it’s your brain that knows what you need at that moment. *Fascinating right?
No matter what you are doing your brain always subconsciously relating to the current events happening in your life.
Btw I really recommend you to read that book
You happen to be reading that book, your brain will simply read, relate, and take in majorly on the topics mentioned before, that is chapters about……….
There is always a context behind you reading a Book!
The 4 R’s of reading – Relax, read, relate, and retain.
Books are infested with ideas. Books are quivering, murmuring creatures.
Now bro, go grab one!