I love reading books. It is one of the greatest joys of my life! As a kid, books could transport me to a new world filled with amazing characters where the only limit was the writer's words and my own imagination. Even today, I prefer reading about a topic over watching a video about the same topic.
I think my love for writing, started with my love of reading. When I was little, I used to love going to the library so I could read books. Infact, I used to be so immersed in reading books at home that I only used to get away from them to eat or to pee. There was a not-so-brief period of time in my life when I read very little, mostly in my 20's. I failed to pick up books that would re-invigorate my interest and I cannot defend my behavior at that time, but now, I've re-dicovered my passion of reading.
I've learnt about new formats of reading (i.e. listening) that fit in my schedule. I'm also very happy to report that I'm a member of San Francisco Public Library, so I have read a ton of books at no additional cost. I've even started reading new genres like travel books, which I use to plan my trips across the world. In the process of re-discovering my passion for reading, I've discovered a ton of new literature which I love.
A true test to any form of literature is whether it stands the test of time. As the weeks and months after you've read a book pass, do you still remember it? These books passed the test for me, and honestly, also helped me change my habits for the better. I'd love to share them with you, so here you go!
- Sapiens and Homo Deus - These are two separate books, but I clubbed them together since they deal with similar themes. Humankind is a vast and complex subject, but Yuval Noah Harari tackles it with such ease. I'm sure many years have gone behind the making of these books. They make you think, ponder and question your own existence. Reading (or listening) about the atrocities committed by humans against other living animals made me feel disgusted about myself. Humankind is ruthless, but that's how we go to where we are today - at the top of the food chain. Homo Deus also provides insights into what may be coming next, and what ethical questions we need to ask of ourselves, as we tumble along into the 21st century. There are no right answers.
- Millionaire Next Door - Everyone wants to make money. But this book made me understand that making an income is not necessarily the same as generating wealth. Income is temporary and ephemeral, but wealth is more long-lasting. And, how do millionaries build their wealth? Not necessarily by leading a flashy lifesysle. Society tends to go by external apperances, but the people who build first-generation wealth didn't get there by leading an lavish lifestyle. Read this book for an understanding of how America's millionaries got to where they are, and how you can join their ranks. This book may feel a little dated, and a little repetitive, but the content itself could not be more true.
- To Kill a Mockingbird - This book made me re-discover the joy of reading fiction. Honestly, I couldn't wait to get back from work simply to delve back into the book and it's characters. It also widened my perspective, helping me understand America of the 20's. I always loved reading court-house dramas (Perry Mason was a favorite), but I loved that this book didn't play it by the rules. Truth didn't necessarily win, which is how real-life works, but there's always a silver lining. It was also the first book I read which dealt with the issue of race in America, which was eye-opening for an immigrant like me.
So those are my book recommendations. Have you read any of them? Which books would you recommend?