7 Inspirational Books that You should Read: Do You Really Need Them? This Will Help You Decide!

quotescover-PNG-41 Yesterday I wrote an answer to a question on Quora.

Then today I thought why not write a post similar to it. So, here it is.

There are few inspiration novels that I love and today I’m sharing with you 7 books out of many wonderful books that I love and adore.

Few of them are just brilliant and are must read books and you I’m telling you that you really need to read them(well you can decide for yourself, I was just kidding).

I consider each one of them worthy of anyone’s time.


“The Giver” by Lois Lowry

“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!”

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Why?The Giver had made me shed a tear more than a few times.

Think of life as black and white. The world of “sameness” and “uniformity”, where there is no love, no happiness, no sadness, no warmth, no color, no death, and no anger. This book depicts the world of dullness and monotony. Now think of a world where you assigned everything, maybe your future occupation, your life partner and whatever you can think of.

I’m not very crazy about the ending. But this book did teach me, that we need change in our world and not just the change but also the courage to make that change. This book tell you that you can do everything you set your mind to. It also make us realize that when we allow people to choose for themselves, you instill hope in them.

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach

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When I was in 10th standard my English teacher suggested this book to us students and she told, that one of the person she met read this book and, he told her that, this book changed him, changed the way he think and the way he lives his life.

So,that time I decided, that I should also read this book and in 2011, I actually gave this book a read, with one another book from Richard Bach called “Illusion”.

This book is a fable and a short read, BUT a good read indeed!

Yes, as few readers complained, there is nothing new in this book. All the same stuff about will power and self imagination of limitlessness. But you know, This fable had quite a different way of defining heaven..in “perfection”, in “realization of limitless self”. Listening to your heart, and that true determination and hard practice can give you mastery in whatever field you want, the sense of effortlessness..not only to produce the results each time but to understand & conquer the principles underlying the ways which produce these results.

“..Jonathan asked to Chiang,” Well, what happens from here? Where are we going? Is there no place as heaven?” and Chiang replied, ” No, Jon, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not even time. Heaven is being perfect. You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour or at speed of light. Because any number is limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there, instantly…anywhere anytime anyplace.”

“The Time Keeper”by Mitch Albom

“It is never to late or too soon, it is when it is supposed to be.”

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This book basically tells you that don’t take time for granted, don’t wish it away, don’t take it in your hands. Love it or hate it, time keeps moving forward.

 

 

 

“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

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Why?If you ask me to make a list of 10 must read book, this book will be on the top. When I read it this book gave me a Mind Orgasm.

After reading this book, now every time I take up anything that take up a whole lot of time. I always ask myself, “Will this be meaningful to me?” and if the answer is a big “No”. I don’t do it. Save a lot of time.

The writer show us the capacity of hope. This book for me is a perspective changer.

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

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Why?This book is more of a influential book but let me add it to this list because perhaps it was also inspirational for me.

You do need to read this book!

I call this book, “Outliers don’t exist” because Outliers may not be Outliers after all. You’ll get to know this after reading this book.

“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

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Why?For me this book was inspiring. Since in 21st century people are living life in a rut. The opportunity to dig your way out of it and to get away so as to get in touch with nature, to discover, to really think about life sounds to me like a really good thing to do.

“Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand

“I love you so much that nothing can matter to me – not even you…Only my love- not your answer. Not even your indifference”

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Why?Whether you agree with this woman or not(please say you don’t). This book is certainly enticing and enchanting. I’m not really fan of this woman, but this is one of my favorite book and it is entertaining too.

“To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”.”

This book is remarkable.

I liked Howard’s struggle to resist society’s way and remain true to himself . To maintain his individuality. And I liked how the book argues that individuals, not society, makes history.

It’s a tale of triumph and defeat.


So these are the 7 inspirational novels that I wanted to share with you. Some other day I’ll add more books to this list. Till then enjoy these!

Happy Reading!

 

5 Brilliant Short Books That You Can Read in One Sitting

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Oh! So you don’t read books because you don’t get time?

You might be a really busy person, I believe.

Or you don’t like big fat books? Because time consuming and not worth the effort,eh?

Or you just find books intimidating?

Well what is it?

Okay what if I say, size really doesn’t matter and you can consider reading brilliant short novels. Books that you can read in one sitting, and then after reading them you won’t feel disappointed, and they will also give you this immense satisfaction of finishing a book in a single day!

Now how wonderful is that? A lot, I know! (now please don’t come up with short stories and novellas are not books, you’re kidding me, right?)

If you are person who think reading is boring, difficult and intimidating. You just need to find a right book because reading can be for everyone, believe it.

And children what is the matter? Summer vacations are up! Now catch up on some reading.(If you want some fun stuff to read, you can always ask me.)

“Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it’s a lot smokier and less defined.”

– Paolo Bacigalupi

So, here are few of my favorite short novels that are quick reads, brilliant and worth reading! In this post I’m adding just 5 novels and I’ll add more book in another post(because there are many), for the time being enjoy these.

1. The Stranger by Albert Camus

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You can read full review here: The Stranger 

Here are the opening lines: “Mother died today Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY.” A telegram, not a personal phone call or someone on staff from the old-people’s home actually making the hour trip in person to inform her only son, but a terse three line businesslike telegram – cold, insensitive, almost callous; a telling sign of the mechanized times.

You want something socking? Go read this! And wait, wait! Truth to be told you’ll be surprised. Now, carry on…


2. The Loser by Thomas Bernhard

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The Genius, the Philosopher, the Loser.

Bernhard is amazing, he’s what I call a twisted brilliant guy.

This book will make you think twice. Whether you consider yourself a genius or maybe if you want to be one.

“Every person is a unique and autonomous person and actually, considered independently, the greatest artwork of all time…”


3. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“They all saw him come out, and they all understood that now he knew they were going to kill him”

This is my favorite book. Like when people ask what books you like the most, this book always tops the list. I still have few questions that are unanswered and I don’t know why I haven’t yet wrote a review(because I don’t know how to write it and where to start, but I’ll write soon…it’s in the draft, ya.)

This is one of that book, that I just force-feed on people. I have brought a whole lot of copies of this book and I seriously giveaway to people when they ask me this question, “Can you suggest me a good book?

Story of a potentially innocent man who is murdered for the honor of a woman who lost her virginity. (Yes, seriously.)


4.Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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“You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

You can read full review here: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Goodreads book description: In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.

“It’s better to look at the sky than live there”

 


5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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As I said I’m only adding 5 books in this post out of many wonderful books, but I can’t afford to miss this book.

“His answer to every problem, every setback was “I will work harder!” —which he had adopted as his personal motto.”

This book may change your perspective and may open your eyes.

The people in power change the rules as they want and the Common people are made to believe that is better for them.

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”


This is it for now, I’m done with my list and I hope you’ll enjoy these books. As I said I’ll add other books later in a different post that will come up next month.

Happy Reading!

 

 

Book Review : Discourse on Method by René Descartes

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My Rating : *3 Stars*

Synopsis :

A “Discourse On Method” was written in 1637 for the general public as well as for academics. This work provides a sketch of Descartes’ method of philosophical inquiry and also of his general philosophical system: metaphysical, physical, physiological, and moral. Descartes’s metaphysics is rationalist, based on the postulation of innate ideas of mind, matter, and God, but his physics and physiology, based on sensory experience, are mechanistic and empiricist.

 Review:

“Discourse on Method” to me seems like a difficult book to be reviewed. The first three parts of the book are kind of inspiring, while the last three parts where he gets involved with theology is a total disappointment. For the first three parts I give this book 4.5/5 stars.Well I even like the fourth part, quiet good.

Here are my notes that I made while reading this book, by part:

Part 1:  

In this part, he claims that we are essentially rational animals, that we are equally endowed with reason. And that since we are equally humans, we must also be rationally equal.

Descartes proposes his methods that he learned in his youth, that he believes helped him to acquire the extent of knowledge that he gained . He shows how he attempted them himself and that he find them useful. While he don’t want everyone to follow them just because he believes in them.

Part 2: 

 He starts with telling how single individuals efforts are more perfect the group efforts. He also talks about the rules he developed to guide his reasons, that worked well for him.

  • The first was never to accept anything for true unless it is evident.
  • Second, to divide any given problem into as many parts as possible to make the problem simple for analysis.
  • Third, to start with the simplest of objects and to slowly progress towards more complex or difficult objects of study.
  • Fourth, to constantly review the progress made in  order to be sure that nothing has been left out.

Part 3:

 In this part he outlines his moral codes he used during his period of skeptical doubts, these as he called them “Four-Maxim”.

  • First maxim,to remain faithful to laws and customs of his country and his religion
  • Second maxim, to remain firm and deceive in  his actions. he explains this with an example.

Travelers who, when they have lost their way in a forest, ought not to wander from side to side, far less remain in one place, but proceed constantly towards the same side in as straight a line as possible, without changing their direction for slight reasons, although perhaps it may be chance alone which at first determined the selection; for in this way, if they do not exactly reach the point they desire, they will come at least in the end to some place that will probably be preferable to the middle of a forest.

  • Third maxim, to endeavor always to conquer himself rather than fortune, and change his desires rather that the order of the world.
  • Fourth maxim, to find best possible occupation in life.

Part 4:

Well he started getting involved in his theology , here he talked about existence of God. And in this part he declared his famous words, “I think, therefore I am”.

Part 5:

Discussion of differences in human and animal souls, I literally lost my interest here. He talked about working of human circulatory system :/

Part 6: 

I didn’t take the trouble of reading this, after reading fifth part and few lines of sixth part 😛

No idea!

So to conclude, I’ll say Descartes is enjoyable as a rationalist philosopher. I liked his ideals of learning. And I would recommend the first 4 parts of this book to everyone who want to read philosophy and first three parts, to those who wants to read philosophy and are totally against the idea of existence of God.

Happy Reading!

Book Review : The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

  “It is never to late or too soon, it is when it is supposed to be.”

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My Rating : *4 Stars*

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Well this is my first book that is written by the author Mitch Albom and I would like to say his writing is very soulful. Though the way this book is written is quiet annoying for me that is the only reason I gave it 4 stars! else this book have everything really awesome quotes, a good message, the philosophy and a good creation myth.

This story was about a person named Dor, Father Time, and it begins long ago, at the dawn of man’s history. At that time there were not much things to do, people used to live a very simple life and this boy did the same.

But he did one more thing and that was counting, he loved to play with numbers, counting everything , marking the special moments and always calculating the days and the nights and then he tried to measure TIME.

So, for this he was penalized or say punished by the God, he was imprisoned in a cave.He was banished for centuries and lived 6000 years in the past. Not only this he was asked to hear all the bitching about time from the people all around the world. Dor didn’t age a day inside the cave, he didn’t need water, food or sleep for the years he was in the cave and he was given a power that he can understand all the languages. “God’s way to annoy him.”

But then God finally granted him the freedom, but with some work for him to do. Dor was to help two people Sarah,a teenage girl, and Victor, an aging businessman.

This book have three characters one who had nothing, one who had everything and one who had nobody.


All of them made a mistake and tried to overpower time and failed.

They wanted time to stop for them, they wanted more time and someone even wanted another lifetime!

“You had many more years,” he said

“I didn’t want them.”

“But they wanted you. Time is not something you give back. The very next moment maybe an answer to your prayer. To deny that is to deny the most important part of the future.”

“What’s that?”

“Hope”


“When hope is gone, time is punishment.”

The teenage girl wanted to give up her life!


“I made such a fool of myself,” she lamented.

“Love does not make you a fool.”

“He didn’t love me back.”

“That does not make you a fool, either.”

“Just tell me …” Her voice cracked. ” When does it stop hurting?”

“Sometimes never.”

The aging businessman wanted to live for ever!

“Do you understand now?” he asked. “With endless time nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.”

And Father Time was there to save them all, the girl, the businessman and of course himself!

This book basically tells you that don’t take time for granted, don’t wish it away, don’t take it in your hands. Love it or hate it, time keeps moving forward.

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I recommend this book to everyone and I really liked the writer’s imagination.

 This book is a light-read with a good message!

Though there is a thing I didn’t understand about the businessman, that when he already learned a lesson in the early years of his life, that holding on to things “will only break your heart.”…then why the hell he was holding onto time?