“Books are our best friend.” That is something that we have all heard at least once in our lifetime. Though, I believe we have heard it more than once. If you are a student, you might not think the same and books might be your greatest enemy.
Don’t worry I’m not judging you, in fact, I hate studying my self. But this doesn’t mean I hate reading books, or think they are my enemy. I love reading (mostly fiction), and there is something good in them. Something that makes me think deep… dark… and cold…
To me, life feels sorted when I have a cup of coffee on my table, a joint pressed between my lips and a delightful read that I’m holding in my hands.
Books teach us so many good things that we can not find anywhere else. It helps our imagination to grow and helps us stand out of the crowd when traveling in a metro. Also, for the introverts, books are the perfect solitary escape plan.
If you are looking for something to read or just beginning to inculcate it as a habit. Below are the top 10 books that have taught me how to live. You can read them to enjoy and learn something useful. And I promise you, none of them is boring.
1. A series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket
There is no better way to start this list with a book that only talks about misery.
Talking about life and misery, the book is considered a child fiction but still enjoyed at every stage of life. The book is portraying the story of three intelligent but orphan siblings who go through many unfortunate events and teach us how to live, how to deal with adversities. One can get more than just one lesson from this book but the one that I’ve received is to never give up.
2. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
I love motorcycles, and just the name is intriguing enough for me to pick this book from the shelf. But what’s weird was the learning that I got from this book. Focus is something, that this book has taught me. To be something, to get something you have to stand up and start doing it. Focus on the things that actually matter.
Don’t try to do everything, it will merely cause trouble in your life. Mindfulness can help you with the problem but it is hard to master and to master it you need to focus. Again, To focus you need to do what you are doing.
Pretty Deep Huh!! The book is even deeper.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
This is one of those books that is meant to be re-read. You’ll develop a better understanding every time you read it.
Portraying the true horror of a society that is built on forced conformity. 1984 taught me to question everything. Don’t let other people rule your mind and play with your brain, have your own ideas.
4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The name of this book also gives a hint on what you have to learn from it. Appreciate people for who they are and not for what and how they can benefit you. The book has taught me to be unselfish.
The book is highly relatable, and you can relate the content of this book to what your mother does for you.
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5. The year of magical thinking by Joan Didion
This is a book on grief. A topic that we rarely speak about as it is hard to understand or relate until you yourself experience it.
Luckily, books can do the work of imagination better than anything and you can experience your unexplored feelings.
6. I feel bad about my neck by Nora Ephron
Time never stops and we grow with it. Growing up is a phenomenon that no one can dodge. I hate being a grown up until this book taught me, being an adult sucks unless you can laugh about it.
Life is hard, you can do nothing about it. But when you pay attention to the little things, life can be different. You might still not like it but you can laugh about it.
7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
There is a specific part in the book that screams the primary lesson that is needed to be learned. “Stay Gold” and don’t change. Life comes with an end and by changing yourself according to others in peer pressure or because everyone is changing is not good.
8. The sisterhood of the traveling pants by Ann Brashares
When was the last time you met your college friend? Chances are it’s been a while because you both are indulged in your new life routine. But this should have never happened.
Friends and family are the two most important part of our existence. This book taught us how to stay friends with your friends even if it feels impossible. Also, this book tells how good this feeling can be.
9. Anne of green gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
‘Define yourself and tell everyone your worth’, is what this book has taught me. The main protagonist of this book is a punk, who never let anyone misunderstand her. Her experiences are amazing and they help to teach how to define yourself.
10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
This one I think most of you already know about. If not the book then at least the movie. Taught us about believing in something. No matter if it is religion, or God or nature, believing is important. In life, you have to believe in something because not everything can be explained with logic.
There are many lessons a book can teach you. Depends on the reader, you might learn things that I haven’t mentioned. But for that, first, you have to start reading.