Books You Should Read

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

-Plato

Here are 15 books that I’ve recently read & absolutely love. Many of these book recommendations have personal stories behind them and have left a lasting imprint in my life that I believe will stay for many decades to come.

I’m thrilled to share them with you so here we go in no particular order:

Being Mortal

Atul Gawande

Being Mortal Atul Gawande

Read this if:

You or a loved one is going through illness or old age, or you simply wish to understand what matters in the end. This book was recommended to me by a dear friend over a bottle of wine as we chatted to 3am. Sound morbid but this book is also highly entertaining and humourous.

The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body

Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson

Science of Meditation

Read this if:

You think that you should meditate (more) but lack motivation. This book will tease out fact vs. hype, after which, you decide how far you’ll take your meditation practice. I’ve given away two copies of this book (one massively marked up by myself). This is also the book that convinced me that the ROI of a ten-day silent meditation course (Vipassana) makes it worthwhile! It’s one of the most life-changing experience.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin Sharma

The-Monk-Who-Sold-His-Ferrari

Read this if:

You are a human, want to feed your soul and you’re wondering what to prioritise in life. Just an absolute MUST-READ at any stage in life.

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

last lecture

Read this if:

You want to hear a young man diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, give an inspiring speech full of hope, humour and the power to overcome obstacles.

The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha On Managing Your Business and Your Life

Michael Roach

The Diamond Cutter

Read this if:

You want to open your mind to the philosophy of manifesting good things in your life by “planting seeds”. It’s grounded in eastern philosophy. This book was gifted to me, which I then gifted to another loved one.

The Karma of Love: 100 Answers for Your Relationship

Michael Roach

karma of love

Read this if:

You want to know how to ‘plant seeds’ to create your ideal relationship. A natural follow up from The Diamond Cutter. In this book, Michael Roach answers difficult relationship questions and offers up clear step by step solutions.

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Gary Chapman

5 love languages

Read this if:

You want to understand how different people give & receive love so that you can express love to the people around you more effectively. This book is grounded in the Christian faith, but Gary Chapman has written this in a very accessible manner with minimal reference to the religion. Extra bonus if your partner/loved ones are into it as well! Here’s the link to Gary Chapman’s interview on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations Podcast.

His Needs, Her Needs: Building An Affair-Proof Marriage

Willard F. Harley

His Needs Her Needs

Read this if:

You want to affair-proof your relationship, or you simply want to understand what the top needs of your partner are. A clue: your husband will not outrightly tell you that sex is so important to him but Willard will! It generalises men and women, but it’s pretty accurate.

Mostly Fiction: Short Stories by Raymond Angelo

Raymond Angelo

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mostly raymond

Read this if:

You want to escape and indulge in a fantasy world for a few hours.

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker

Why we sleep

Read this if:

You are curious about why sleep is so dang important! Walker also writes about the significance of dreams. Here’s the link to his Ted Talk.

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

When breath becomes air

Read this if:

Someone you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer, or any form of critical illness. Or you simply wish to understand what makes life worth living even when we are so close to death. I devoured this book. Paul was a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in his 30s. He wrote most of this book as he received gruelling treatment and the most heartbreaking part is where his wife finished the book and published it for him, while raising their new born child.

Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers

Read this if:

You enjoy understanding human nature and you’re on the pursuit of being more self-aware. Aware of your biases and how damned wrong you could be. Malcolm takes you back to why world leaders trusted Adolf Hitler, how sexual predators get away, what happens when we’re drunk and blacked out, and why so many deaths happen when they could’ve been prevented. Here’s the link to Malcolm Gladwell’s interview on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations Podcast.

Becoming

Michelle Obama

Becoming

Read this if:

You wonder what’s it like to be the First Lady of the United States and wife to Barack Obama?! Michelle Obama opens up about life in the White House, how she transitioned in and out of being the First Lady, the struggles in her marriage and family, her childhood and the impact that she’s making in the world. Here’s her interview on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg

Option B

Read this if:

You want to be more resilient in the face of adversity and if you want to understand what it’s like to suddenly lose a loved one. Sheryl is also the author of Lean In, which urges young women to make themselves seen and heard at work. Here’s Sheryl Sandberg’s interview on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Read this if:

You enjoy war history or if you’re heading to Amsterdam. I loved this and timed this book before my trip to the Anne Frank House. Anne was a young Jewish girl whose family lived through the second world war, hiding from the Nazis. She documents her daily experiences – rationing food, craving for fresh air, family conflict and birthday celebrations, her crush, coming of age and her diary ends abruptly. It was completed and published with the help of her father – the only survivor in the Anne Frank House.