My 5 All-time Favorite Books
Reading has been an integral part of my life since childhood.
It began with devouring kid publications like Champak, Balhans, Nandan which my mom used to bring from her school library. Like many other kids of my generation, it took a whole new turn with the Harry Potter series.
Today, I want to share 5 of my all-time favorite books (excluding the Harry Potter series, of course). I have read and enjoyed many of these books more than once.
If you are still making your to-read list for 2022, some of these might be wonderful additions!!
1. The Alchemist
I share a special bond with this book. I tend to revisit this book every few years or so. It is my reading companion especially when I am travelling for an important thing or when I have to make a big decision during the travel.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
2. The Autobiography of a Yogi
This is perhaps the only book that I own across all three formats- paperback, Kindle, and now Audible. I recently read this book for the second time in 2021 after reading it during college in 2013. I feel I am not there yet spiritually to completely grasp this book but it always leaves me with an inexplicable sense of connection & faith. I am listening to it on Audible these days which is a whole new experience with the voice of Sir Ben Kingsley!
“Radio and television have brought the instantaneous sound and sight of remote persons to the firesides of millions: the first faint scientific intimations that man is an all-pervading spirit; not a body confined to a point in space, but the vast soul, which the ego in most barbaric modes conspires in vain to cramp.”
3. The Power of Now
This was probably my first introduction to the concept of mindfulness and meditation. Eckhart Tolle might come across as woo-woo for many because of his backstory of the so-called “enlightenment” and the terms he uses. Yet I have often found his writing to be deep and meaningful at many places.
“Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there,” or being in the present but wanting to be in the future.”
4. The Untethered Soul
I still remember reading this book one night for non-stop 4 hours. It was an ultimate spiritual page-turner. The writing is extremely lucid and impactful. If you’ve ever struggled to grasp the idea of mindfulness, this must be your go-to book. I also ended up reading the next book which was the part autobiography of its author, Michael Singer.
You can read about my thoughts on The Surrender Experiment here.
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
5. Tuesdays with Morrie
Next to The Alchemist and Harry Potter series, this is the only fiction I have read and enjoyed more than once. I love the simple storytelling and the heartwarming nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout this book.
“If you hold back on the emotions–if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them–you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid.”
Have you read any of these books? Is it one of your favorite as well?
Hit reply and let me know, nothing better than having a good chat about mutually favorite books, isn’t it? 😀
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