5 Books that changed my life and why you should read them too

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The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck is a self-help book written by Mark Manson, an American self-help author, as well as blogger. In this book, Mark gives an alternative approach to self-help. 

With the use of personal dilemmas and obstacles, he had to overcome and consequently learn from, he is able to relate these situations in a very upfront and satirical way, to the point which the reader can relate to Mark at some level. 

This book is perfect for those individuals who are tired of the repetitive, almost over-whelming, approach to self-help and need a somewhat more intimate, yet very much needed, guidance on how to live a better life or as Mark would say “how to not give a f*ck”.

At only 200 pages long the book itself can easily be finished within a week or so or for the avid reader less than a weekend. It’s easy to understand and straight forward approach, combined with its writer’s self-deprecating humour enables a much more fluid and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!

The daily stoic by Ryan Holiday

The daily stoic is a collection of daily meditations written and compiled by Ryan Holiday, the best selling author of ‘The obstacle is the way’. As well as Stephen Hanselman, a bookseller, publisher and literary agent.

The book itself is comprised of 366 meditations from philosophers of the stoic school of thought. It is divided into 3 parts, which have specific individual topics. 

Each part is comprised of 4-month periods. The first 4-month period is concerned with the discipline of perception, The second 4-month period is concerned with the discipline of action and the third 4-month period relates to the discipline of the will.

Each daily meditation is accompanied by an insightful explanation from Ryan in order to give the reader a better understanding of what the specific stoic philosopher of that quote is trying to express.

At only 366 pages long and recommended to read one page a day for a whole year, this book is perfect for someone who may not have hours to read every day but still wants to gain valuable knowledge from a few minutes of reading.

The secret by Rhonda Byrne

The secret is a self-help book written by Australian television writer and producer Rhonda Byrne. The books main purpose is to give the reader a better understanding of the law of attraction.

The law of attraction utilises quantum physics in the sense that your thoughts create certain frequencies, which are then sent out towards the universe. 

Depending on the frequency created by that thought it should, in theory, attract things of a similar frequency. Essentially what this means is that your thoughts have the power to attract whatever you want, which allows you to achieve your goals.

Throughout the book, Rhonda gives examples of how you can use the law of attraction to achieve a specific goal, as well as insights from experienced and credible minds from around the world.

At just 183 pages long, with short summaries at the end of every chapter, ‘The secret’ is a book you should consider reading. It is perfect for someone looking to broaden their knowledge and create a more positive mindset for change. 

For what it’s worth I’ve read the whole book and can confidently say that I’ve made my fair share of mistakes when trying to carry out what this book had taught me.

I have since then written an article on the law of attraction, the common mistakes people make, how you can prevent them and the right steps necessary to utilize this law. I recommend reading that article if you have read the book, are interested in this topic or are serious about using this law to your advantage.

Three daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

The three daughters of Eve is a fictional book written by Elif Shafak, a Turkish-British writer, a fellow of the royal society of literature (FRSL) and women’s rights activist. The book documents the lives of three girls; Peri, Shirin and Mona, as they spend their time studying at oxford university. 

The protagonist; peri, is a student of Turkish descent and chooses to study at Oxford University, with the help of her encouraging father, after accepting an offer to study there.

The book itself details Peri’s life in the present, as well as her past, while she suffers from an existential crisis. As the book unfolds a terrible secret emerges and Peri’s life brings up many questions she aims to answer while seeking the help of a professor who is more of a help than she realizes.  

This book is perfect for those who have suffered an existential crisis in the past or want to get a glimpse of what it truly means to have experienced one, as it acts as a source of reflection for the reader.

The author, Elif Shafak, has done extremely well at detailing what an existential crisis is through the use of the main protagonist. This book has many hidden gems that motivate the reader to keep on reading.

I, myself, couldn’t stop reading and every chapter felt like a revelation as I uncovered more and more about the life of Peri. At 365 pages it is a larger book for beginners to read but it shouldn’t be a deterrent. 

Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop, which is among the reasons why it is one of my favourite fictional books and my most recommended out of the 5 books.

Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Crime and punishment is a fictional book written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a Russian novelist, philosopher and journalist. The book itself documents the life of Raskolnikov, a poverty-stricken student, who kills a pawnbroker as well as her stepsister.

Dostoevsky is able to analyse the psyche of Raskolnikov to a very high standard, giving us an in-depth analysis of a murderer’s thought process, behaviour and mannerisms after committing an act of murder.

Dostoevsky is also able to utilize the protagonist, Raskolnikov, as an embodiment of atonement of one’s misdeeds and how it is the only way to achieve salvation.

With its constant focus to the smallest of details and it’s persistent look at the psychological state of being, as well as an atonement of ones own misdeeds, this book is perfect for those who are interested in human psychology, as well as learning about the effects it has on a person.

Depending on which edition of the book you choose to purchase, the page count varies from roughly 300 to 500 pages. The length of the book may seem somewhat daunting but I can assure you, reading this book is very rewarding. It exposes your mind to a depth of emotion that will surely improve your ability to feel and understand your own, as well as the emotions of other people.

They’re all worth a read

Whatever book you choose to read they will all aid your life in one way or another. Not only are they all fun to read but they’re also extremely insightful and a great source of knowledge with regards to helping you in improving your life. So whichever book you choose to read, you can be confident knowing that any of these books will help you in some way. 

As I said previously my most recommended book out of the 5, if I had to pick one, is ‘Three daughters of Eve’ by Elif Shafak but with that said it’s a pretty hard choice considering they’re all really good. 

If you have the time I highly recommend you read all of them but if not then as far as fictional books go ‘Three daughters of eve’ is my main recommendation. If I had to pick a non-fictional book then my main recommendation would be ‘The subtle art of not giving a f*ck’ by Mark Manson.

With that said I hope you decide to pick up a book and start reading. The journey through a book starts with the first page, so whichever book you read I hope you enjoy it and learn a great deal from it. Have fun and stay curious.

 

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