Sometimes, the commute serves as a much-deserved refreshment for my eyes (since I work in front of a screen all day). Most of the times though, I love grabbing a book on my way out and catching up on my readings. Here are some of the books I’ve read of late – maybe you’ll include them in your reading list:
1.The Art Of Happiness – Dalai Lama
I was hoping for a to-do list with bullet points for daily happiness, yet… that never happens because there’s no recipe for happiness. Instead, I was left with logic and science – why Dalai Lama’s buddhist ways and wise habits work, what is the psychological explanation? Needless to say, it brought a more pragmatic and interesting perspective than a self-help book. Everytime I turned a chapter, it brought instant peace, a calm of mind I was careful to nurture during the day. If you really need answers and practices, you will find them; one of mines was to practice tolerance and compassion with everyone I meet. It’s not easy, let me tell you that, but it gave me another perspective on life.
2.Tuareg – Alberto Vazquez-Figueroa
This book will give you an insight into a warrior’s head, one for whom only family and water counts in the end. Read it to discover how women are treated in a tuareg camp, the lengths someone whould go to in name of honor and hospitality and the bitter taste of revenge. It really make me look differently at Tuaregs, with respect, fear and admiration.
3. Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This controversial story will make you feel uneasy yet unable to put it down. As you read the tale of one priest’ utter belief in a girl accused of demonic possession and his subsequent obsession with her, you will find your own belief system shaken to the core.
4.Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
Every day you feel like a failure, like you have nothing going on for you, read and return to this book. Far from being a sentimental read, it’s an inspiration for all those who need a break in life to prove what they are worth. Gladwell reunites success stories of Bill Gates, Beatles and Joe Flom as well as the rule of 10.000 hours to show that being a genius is not all. The key to success is at your reach, too. A must-read.
5.The Expedition – Bea Uusma
This is more of a mystery novel, with non-fiction elements I didn’t think i would like. It turns out following the story of an expedition who had all the prerequisites to be a success but it failed horribly is more exciting than I thought. If you love detective stories, you’ll undoubtedly come up with your own theories for the mysterious deaths of 3 healthy men at the end of 19th century at the North Pole.
6.Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
I loved this book! It had all the elements I usually find captivating – real story, real characters, survival feats that only inspire me and empower me to surpass any difficulty, emotion, unexpected turns and twists. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I don’t know if I will but one thing is for sure – I won’t be able to forget to soon the amount of suffering one person can endure and still find life bearable.
7.Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
This one is a summer classic. I will probably reread it some time before going on vacation for one reason only – it simply transports me to Italy, Bali and India. Since I love to travel and discover other people’s ways, I’m going to skip the sappy parts and go straight to the descriptive chapters.