I decided to take up the challenge of reading 1 book a week for 10 weeks. Some were good, some were bad, some I loved and the others, I stopped reading half way, because, life is too short to finish a book you don’t like (Don’t agree? Tell us why in the comments below!).
I am not an avid reader. I would only read 1 or 2 books a year. For me, it was important to have a take away from each book that I read. I’d rather watch movies than read fiction books. So I decided to take up this challenge because, a) I had a lot of time to spare b) I wanted to get into the habit of reading c) Oprah said “Reading is the strongest signal for success” and I like Oprah.
In this article, I will be talking about five books that I thought were incredible. These books are extremely easy to read, kept me hooked throughout and there was so much that I learnt
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Written by Michelle Obama, Becoming is a memoir that has beautifully captured her story since childhood to the time she moved out of the White House. In this book, she has described everything that make her happy, sad, vulnerable and powerful. It has anecdotes that will inspire you, make you laugh and even teary. She describes the entire presidency (2009-2017) through her eyes which will give you a whole new perspective into what it is like to be family of the President of the United States of America.
Subtle Art of not giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
This book truly has the potential to change your life. It is a self-help book that talks about how NOT giving a f*ck can actually help you make progress. You can read some take aways from this book here.
Atomic Habits – James Clear
This is again a very useful book that will help you break unsatisfactory routines and guides you towards making new ones. The book talks about how a system of continuous small improvements can help achieve different outcomes. It gives details on how one can create good habits and break bad ones.
Unposted letters – Mahātria Rā
The easiest to read and comprehend, Unposted letters is a book everybody should own. This book is written such that it can be read over and over again. It is a collection of short articles that communicate very important life lessons on topics such as: Responsibility, acceptance, Capability, progress, relationships and many more. Having a rough patch with your friend or work problems? You will find a chapter that will attempt at giving you solutions.
Elenor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
Written by Rainbow Rowell, Elenor and Park is a high school romance that will make you reminisce your first crush and your high school partner. Set out in the 80’s, the book very well describes the nature of first love. Making mixed tapes, sharing a seat with a girl on the bus, borrowing movies and comic books will take you back to your high school days.
The book has beautifully captured both the characters (Elenor and Park) and will make you sad that they are not real.
Whether you are an avid reader or just beginning to read, these books will definitely keep you hooked.
What books are you currently reading? Let us know in the comments below.