Books That Will Change The Way You Think

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Have you ever been so stressed that wished you could teleport to another dimension? Well, you don’t have to wait for your next paycheck so you can fly to the other side of the globe, all you have to do is pick up some books!

In this internet savvy world where you can get the summary of books you want and even have audio books available, it is so easy to fall into the trap of not wanting to read books. But this shouldn’t stop you from indulging in books once in a while.

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I can go on and on about how books are great for your concentration, stress reduction, productivity and also make you smarter! But the best part about reading books is how they can transform the way you think. Books are the best way to explore different worlds without actually living there.

The books mentioned in this list are in no particular order. If interested in checking out my movies and tv shows recommendations, do so by clicking on the links given. So here are some books I have read and I think you should too. read novel full

Books To Read

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The books mentioned here are of all genres from fiction to non-fiction.

1. The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things is Arundhati Roy’s debut book which won the Booker Prize in 1997.

It revolves around the childhood experiences of fraternal twins Estha and Rahel and how their lives were destroyed by the Love Laws.

This is the most beautiful, tragic book I’ve ever read which explains exactly why the small things in life matter so much.

She does a wonderful job with the comparing mundane lifeless objects with humans.

I will mention some of my favorite excerpts from this book so you can gauge it for yourself.

” that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things they could get used to. You only had to look around you, Ammu said, to see that beatings with brass vases were the least of them”

It didn’t matter that the story had begun, because Kathakali ( Indian dance form) discovered long ago that the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings, they don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.”

2. The Defining Decade

Are you lost, babygorl? Then this is the book for you!! The Defining Decade: Why your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of it is written by Meg Jay who is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development and twenty-somethings, in particular.

Many of us think that twenties are for fun and experiment and our thirties is when we start our life.

Dr. Jay explains why this could be detrimental to our lives. She encourages twenty-somethings to get started with life as it gets harder to start a life in your thirties.

If you are spending your twenties paycheck to paycheck and assuming that your thirties will be magically transformed (unless you find a sugar daddy/mommy) , then this book is for you.

Some of my favorite excerpts:

“Identity capital is our collection of personal assets. It is the repertoire of individual resources that we assemble over time. These are the investments we make in ourselves, the things we do well enough, or long enough, that they become a part of who we are.”

” The urban tribe may bring us soup when we are sick, but it is the people we hardly know – those who never make it into our tribe -who will swiftly and dramatically change our lives for the better.”

Read it on kindle?!

3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind tackles evolutionary concepts from a historian’s perspectives.

It is like when you lived on a land all your life and then one day you climb this mountain and get the view of the whole city.

It gives you a perspective. Plus it’s always fun to know about your origins? In this book, Dr. Harari talks about all kinds of revolutions like the agricultural, industrial and scientific.

It covers topics from religion to vegetarianism and many more. It covers all of humanity in a broad sense.

If you want to know how our species succeeded in the battle of dominance, why we believe in gods, nations, money and trust, how cities and kingdoms were built, give it a read. This is one of the best books I’ve read so far.

Some of my favorite excerpts:

“Evolution did not endow humans with the ability to play football. True, it produced legs for kicking, elbows for fouling and mouths for cursing, but all that this enables us to do is perhaps practice penalty kicks by ourselves. To get into a game with the strangers we find in the schoolyard on any given afternoon, we not only have to work in concert with ten teammates we may never have met before, we also need to know that the eleven players on the opposing team are playing by the same rules. “

4. Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism is a book everyone who is addicted to social media should read!

We know how much social media is ruining ourselves yet we somehow manage to go back to scrolling through our feeds forever.

This book talks about how we can take calculated steps to overcome this addiction.

Related: Social media is ruining your life and you know it

Some of my favorite excerpts:

“As Sean Parker confirmed in describing the design philosophy behind these features: “It’s a social validation feedback loop… exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

“The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an addictive product to children. Because, let’s face it, checking your “likes” is the new smoking “

“Alter goes on to describe users as “gambling” every time they post something on a social media platform: Will you get likes (or hearts or retweets), or will it languish with no feedback? The former creates what one Facebook engineer calls “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure,” while the latter feels bad. Either way, the outcome is hard to predict, which, as the psychology of addiction teaches us, makes the whole activity of posting and checking maddeningly appealing. “

5. Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a book you should read if you are a teenager or a young adult.

This book will give you the foundations of money and what your mindset should be in order to become “rich”.

This is the best book to start off with if you want to know the basics of assets and liabilities.

Explaining such a complex topic in a easy, understandable and articulate manner is commendable.

Some of my favorite excerpts:

“In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fall down, we would never walk.”

Have you read any of these books? Comment down below some of your book recommendations or anything you want!

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