Reading widens your horizons – it allows you to conquer the world without leaving your room. It is a universal activity that allows different generations to share common experiences which in time, helps in inculcating time-tested wisdom.
Falling in love with books is inevitable especially for readers who are not just doing it to pass time and to be entertained. People with the burning passion to learn will never be disappointed by books. Indeed, a book is more than capable of bringing you an experience of a lifetime. The pages are no longer spaces where the letters, words, and sentences reside – it is more of a roadmap that will guide you to an exciting trail.
If you are just beginning to explore your passion for reading, then the following list of ten highly recommended books would be a good starting point:
1. The Game by Ken Dryden:
Dryden is not just a best seller but a world-renowned sportsman. This professional hockey player shares his achievements in sports but he did not stop there. He also strived hard to complete his degree in law. This trail blazed his political career in Canada.
2. How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain:
Here, the writer of the classics imparts his knowledge to interested writers. This piece successfully stood the test of time and has become an inspiration to many literary enthusiasts worldwide.
3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
Here, Sun Tzu shares his insight about war and how it should be approached with all the wisdom and virtue that is due. Present-day reader do not need to be a warrior in the literal sense just to appreciate this timeless piece. We are all warriors and we fight our own little wars on a daily basis.
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie:
Believe it or not, many leaders all over the world have subscribed to Carnegie’s teachings. However, if you are to catch someone reading this book in public, you might find him or her weird. But, this book proves to be effective in getting people to your side.
5. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli:
Understand fully the dynamics of human behavior and use the knowledge to your advantage especially when the stakes are quite high. You do not need to follow everything that Machiavelli suggests in this book. However, there is no denying to the fact that the situations he imparts in the book are so real, it is expected that you will be able to relate to most.
6. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene:
Dominating the workplace or any arena is made simple by Greene. All you have to do is familiarize yourself with the 48 laws he presented one by one in this particular book. The discussion is quite holistic; he even debunks the laws one by one to show readers how it should not be applied in certain situations.
7. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl:
If you find this book too harsh, look outside and imagine how life has been harsh throughout your existence. The book effectively and realistically illustrates the importance of setting meaningful goals in order to achieve more in life.
8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki:
The author shares his personal experiences about his 2 dads – both of which imparted to him the secrets on how to become financially independent.
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Aside from the rich imagery that it imparts, this book is also effective in entertaining readers of all ages because it reveals some of the most important lessons on friendship.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
Renew your sense of justice in style and see the world in an entirely different lens. The morals of the story are timeless and universal.
These books can be enjoyed by anyone – regardless of gender, age, and status in life. Develop that habit of reading and you can defy all the rules of time and space and you will get to experience things that you never imagined possible.