Hey there book-lovers! Here are some book recommendations that would shock up your life perspective and make you look at life more positively so if you are a person that decided to read more as one of your new year’s resolution then you don’t want to miss out on any of these books.
1. The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer
The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer is a book that everybody on the planet should read especially if you are the type of person who overthinks a lot. If you are the type to have that annoying voice in your head that is constantly making commentary about life such as the little things that you shouldn’t be focusing on so much. Michael Singer does a really great job explaining that that voice in your head is not you. He refers to it as “Your Roommate”. It’s your roommate that you basically have to live with for the rest of your life and he explains that you are the person that is just listening to it. If you are anxious about my life or tend to overthink a situation, just bust open a chapter and it will definitely help you.
Genre: Self-Help book
2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a book that should be assigned in school because this book explains four rules that we should all live our lives by. The Four Agreements are,1) be impeccable with your word, 2) don’t take anything personally, 3) never make assumptions and 4) always do your best. You can find any life problem and be redirected to the four agreements. For example, your dad gets into an argument with you and he uses a tone that really unsettles you, you can go back to rule number 2 which is to never take anything personally because chances are he has a tone because he’s got another separate problem that is his and you are unrelated to it. Another example would be, you have a creative block with work and you feel super uninspired then you can relate it to rule number four which is to always do your best. Therefore, all your life problems can be solved within one of these four agreements so I highly recommend that you read this book.
Genre: Self-Help book
3.The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This is the last self-help book that will be on this list. The Power of Habit written by Charles Duhigg is a book that would guide the type of person you are if you want to finish your goals, become more disciplined and become more of an efficient person then this will be the book for you. You will learn from this book that over 65% of the things you do on your day to day life is run on autopilot as known as the habits you create from your life. So if all your habits in your life are positive ones then you can just wake up every day without worrying and be productive without even trying. The author does a really thorough job explaining how habits are created like it’s a chain reaction of three events which are the cue, the routine and the reward and if you are wanting to change a habit, it’s all about changing the routine whether it’s a habit of smoking or drinking too much or binge eating. It all can be reformed by just changing the routine and so this book will really help you re-examine your life and made you want to change all your habits for the better.
Genre: Self-Help book
4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Written by Gillian Flynn, Dark Places is a story about a girl named Libby Day and her devil-worshipping brother allegedly killed her entire family when she was a child as she was only 5-years-old so the memory is really fuzzy for her. Basically, her brother is in jail and there is this cult following him that is obsessed with the case. A lot of people think that her brother is innocent and as Libby lives her life, she realizes that she has to figure out what went down on that night. This book is super juicy, super suspenseful and if you like murder mysteries, you are definitely going to love reading this book.
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
5. The Last Mrs.Parrish by Liv Constantine
The Last Mrs.Parrish by Liv Constantine is a story about a woman named Amber, who really wants to marry filthy rich men. So she has her eye on this one wealthy hotshot named Jackson Parrish but unfortunately, he is already married. This is when Amber installs her home-wrecking plan whereby she befriends Daphne, she incorporates into Daphne’s life more and eventually, you will find out how she steals her man. This book has that raunchy feel and it also has those mean girl thoughts and it’s just very satisfying to read. This will absolutely keep you up late at night.
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Fiction
6. Room by Emma Donoghue
This book’s story is all from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy named Jack and to Jack, his only world that he knows is in this 11-foot by 11-foot room and the story is actually quite tragic as his mom got kidnapped 7 years ago by a complete stranger and he keeps her confined in this garden shed that is soundproof, it’s locked proof and she ends up burying his child and that ends up being Jack. It’s a messed up situation but she actually raises Jack pretty well as you get to know their daily routine and just the bond that they have is just unreal. Room is not only a book but also a movie that came out on Netflix. On top of that, this is a rare occasion where the book and the movie are just as good so I do recommend you check it out.
Genre: Novel, Psychological Fiction
7. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
History enthusiast will definitely love reading this book as it is written by Min Jin Lee. The book is historical fiction about the time when Korea was under the Japanese rule and it was by far the darkest time in Korean history no one ever really talks about it. I think a lot of people will be shocked to see what the treatment was like for Koreans. Koreans were considered lazy, disposable, third rate citizens and they were just in these inhumane conditions and this book does a really good job explaining what it was like through four generations. A lot of Koreans left Korea because the conditions were so horrible that they went to Japan for a “better life” but once they got there, they realized that the discrimination and the racism was just as strong if not stronger and so a lot of Korean wasn’t able to get jobs so a lot of them resorted to crime or just jobs that were really frowned upon. So, one of the industries that they talked about is called Pachinko. Pachinko is basically a form of gambling and that is how this particular family made their money. If you were ever curious about Japanese and Korean history at that time then this book can give you a better reflection on what that was like because it’s clearly not talked about.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction
8. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
This book is about all the life lessons that Oprah knows for sure and this book is just filled with wisdom. If you ever feel uninspired or unmotivated, this is also a book you might want to keep on standby because it will reinvigorate your love for life and it also tells you about her positive outlook on life as well. There are so many parts of this book that can be quoted but I highly recommend this book if you love Oprah because it will not disappoint you.
9. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
If you heard of Trevor Noah and is a huge fan of his then I’m sure you’ll like to read this book written by him. Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during the apartheid and apartheid is basically a law where people outside of each other’s race are not allowed to marry so if you were black you had to marry a black person and if you’re white you had to marry a white person. As for Trevor Noah, he was born a crime because his mom was a black woman and got married to a white Swiss man which is his dad so his existence was a crime. In this book, he explains a lot of the sociopolitical issues and he weaves it in with a lot of his personal funny stories about his mom, his first crushes and so on. This memoir of his is really interesting as you get to learn about South African history which is also something eye-opening.
Genre: Biography, Autobiography
10. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton is a brilliant book to read as this is a story of resilience and the highlights of how racist and messed up the criminal justice system in America. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was sentenced to death row for two crimes which he did not commit even though there was an overwhelming amount of evidence to prove that he was innocent but yet the all white-jury of Alabama found him guilty. Hinton spends 30 years in death row just fighting for his innocence and he manages to bring light and kindness in such a dark and desolate environment and he eventually got out but it was not easy. This memoir is honestly like the ultimate story of the underdog rising up and getting justice.
Genre: Biography, Autobiography