‘So many books, so little time’.
We can’t agree more with this statement made by Frank Zappa. And what better day than the National Book Lovers Day today to proclaim our love for our true best friends!
So to make this day, extra special, we did a little asking around and a little research to come up with this list of especially awesome books that you can shop or wishlist today. Though these books are good reads for everyone, but more so for young adults 🙂
- Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
In an increasingly connected world, we can’t afford to not deal with other human beings. And Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a powerful tool to make the best out of these interactions. This amazing book on emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman talks about EQ at length and discusses strategies to improve on it.
Top quote: “Many people with IQs of 160 work for people with IQs of 100, if the former have poor intrapersonal intelligence and the latter have a high one.”
2. The Perks Of Being A WallFlower
The past can have a stronghold over us but we can never truly be who we are supposed to be until we let go of it. This coming-of-age book teaches us about facing our own inner demons, acknowledging them and letting go of them with grace.
Top quote: “Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there”.
3.Thrive by Arianna Huffington
A well-researched book that delves into the true meaning of success, this book is a gem for anyone starting out their career. It’s written in an easy, breezy conversational style and draws inspiration from Arianna’s own life.
Top quote: “And yet we spend so much time and effort and energy on those résumé entries—entries that lose all significance as soon as our heart stops beating.”
4. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
This is a beautiful story of a 24-year-old girl who has everything going for her yet she finds life meaningless and decides to commit suicide. How she finds a new lease of life and ends up with a greater appreciation of her life forms the crux of the story.
Top Quote: “The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.”
5. Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
This new-age spiritual Bible is a wonderful resource for dealing with the modern life challenges and helping us see life with a deeper perspective.
Top quote: ‘All beings, everywhere, suffer; let your heart go out to them all in spontaneous and immeasurable compassion, and direct that compassion, along with the blessing of all the Buddhas, to the alleviation of suffering everywhere.’
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
It’s hard not to love Jane Eyre. In a world where most of us are trying to keep up with the Joneses, the story of Jane Eyre teaches us a lot about accepting yourself the way you are and staying true to yourself no matter what.
Top quote: “Your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
7. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
This book touches upon some of the most perverted human thoughts and shows how innocently inner demons can express themselves. The picture of Dorian Gray is perfect for our selfie-obsessed age.
Top Quote: “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
8. The Lost Symbol
This 500+ page book will keep you engrossed from the get-go. With history, religion, and classic art weaved together in a maze of fiction, this mystery thriller is a sumptuous food to the mind.
Top Quote: “Wide acceptance of an idea is not proof of its validity.”
9. A Thousand Splendid Suns
A beautiful tale of love set against the backdrop of war and terrorism, this is one of those books that may make you roll down a tear or two. It may shock you with the amount of cruelty that exists in the world. It may inspire you with the pure resilience of the human spirit. It will move you for sure.
Top Quote: “Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”
10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
A well-written, witty read full of science jokes and puns, the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy follows the misadventures of the last surviving man on earth. The sheer amount of imagination and creative writing of these series have turned them into a major rage the world over. This book will keep you entertained for sure.
Top quote: ”On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.”
Do you have any more books to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂