I don’t know where in the world you are right now, but I hope you are alright. Whether you are under quarantine, staying home, meeting friends, or working – I hope you’re good. For a lot of you the current situation may be a good time to pick up a new book to read and get your mind off of things for a little. Therefore, I decided to share my list of 10 books to read.
These books couldn’t be more different. Some are thrillers, self-help books, real life stories & more. All of these are books I have read, or am currently reading and all of those are books I recommend. I thought that I would make this list as versatile as possible, so you will hopefully find the next book to start reading now.
I personally don’t like to know too much about a book before I start reading it (especially when it is a thriller) , so I will attach a little quote from each book, that I think describes it the best.
#1 The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck & Everything Is F*cked – Mark Manson
Opposed to the rather pessimistic titles of both of Mark Manson’s bestellers, the books themselves were definitely motivating to me. Both of the books cover a broad variety of daily life topics from relationships to creativity and religion.
However, they are not typical self-help novels as you might know them. Instead, Mark Manson takes you on a ride through his thoughts, opinions and life’s wisdom with the help of his disappointment panda. ( in The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck )
I especially loved the first book ( The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck ) and would recommend it to all of you. It’s full of in-your-face facts, truths about life and lastly motivation to get up and really do what you want.
Especially if you feel a little stuck, or you constantly expect too much of yourself, this is a book you should pick up right now.
“Travel is a fantastic self-development tool, because it extricates you from the values of your culture and shows you that another society can live with entirely different values and still function and not hate themselves. This exposure to different cultural values and metrics then forces you to reexamine what seems obvious in your own life and to consider that perhaps it’s not necessarily the best way to live.”Mark Manson, The subtle art of not giving a f*ck
Lastly, Mark Manson also has a blog where he writes about a lot of daily life topics and more recent ones. If you’ve already read his books, make sure to stop by his blog for even more content:
#2 A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
A short history of nearly everything is a humorous book full of general knowledge by the famous travel writer Bill Bryson.
There, Bill Bryson takes you on a travel through time and scientific discoveries. His way of telling a story is truly unique and makes even the blandest-seeming facts fun to read and truly interesting. A Short History Of Nearly Everything will definitely entertain you while teaching you a little about the beginnings and physics of the world we live in.
“there are three stages in scientific discovery: first, people deny that it is true; then they deny that it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.”Bill Bryson, A Short History Of Nearly Everything
#3 Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic is a rather popular book by the well-known author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. This book is a truly inspirational piece and I could read it over and over again. Especially as a creative, this is a must-read.
Elizabeth Gilbert writes a lot about fear and taking action to do what you truly enjoy. She also incorporates her personal point of view and experiences she had as a creative. Reading Big Magic makes you want to get up and create without trying to be liked by everyone.
“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
#4 Child Of The Jungle – Sabine Kuegler
Chances that you have not heard of this book before are high as it was written by a german author and is not that well-known outside of Europe. However, the story is mind-blowing and the best thing about it – it is a true story.
Child Of The Jungle is written by a girl (Sabine Kuegler) who was raised in the jungle of Papua, Indonesia. In the book she writes about her memories growing up, what her family experienced and what living together with an indigenous tribe was like for her. I especially love that she writes a lot about her personal perception and the thoughts she had as a child.
I read the book quite a long time ago, but I can still remember a lot of the story very vividly. It’s definitely a story to remember. Furthermore, I read through it very fast as the book was a truly impressive and exciting!
“The first night passed quickly. I awoke the next morning and could see the tall trees at the edge of the jungle through the window over my bed. The mysterious morning songs of the birds captivated my attention, lending wings to my imagination as I lay under my mosquito net, contemplating the adventures this new day would hold.”Sabine Kuegler, Child Of The Jungle
#5 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
This book has been a permanent companion for me, as I didn’t read it in one go, but instead whenever I felt like I needed something to lift my mood. The story is sweet and unique and I definitely wouldn’t have expected it to be like this before I started reading it.
The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom is a story about an elderly man who dies (no spoiler, happens right away) and meets 5 people afterwards. However, the people he meets in particular are what makes the story so unique as I don’t think it is truly something you might have expected beforehand.
I don’t want to say too much, but if you feel like reading a lovely story with a lot of new perspectives on life and death, make sure to check this one out!
Mitch Albom, The five people you meet in heaven
“The human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.”
#6 The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
I don’t exactly know why, but even before finally watching all of the Star Wars movies recently, I already was a fan of Carrie Fisher’s humorous and fun personality and now i am an even bigger one.
In The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher wrote about her experiences while filming Star Wars, what it was like becoming an actress and her affair with Harrison Ford. The latter is probably one of the main focuses of the book, even if maybe not on purpose.
When reading the book, you will get an insight into a lot of Carrie Fishers struggles and generally her thoughts as a young actress. It does not include a lot of Behind the Scenes insights on the filming of Star Wars, but instead focuses a lot more on her personal experience and troubles while filming. I still find it is truly insightful and it makes you understand the complications fame came with for a young actress in the 70s.
“The crew was mostly men. That’s how it was and that’s pretty much how it still is. It’s a man’s world & show business is a man’s meal with women generously sprinkled through it like over-qualified spice.”Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
#7 Nineteen Eighty-four – George Orwell
I still can’t write a lot about this book, as Nineteen Eighty-Four is the book I’m currently reading. However, it has been around for quite some time and it seems like it never gets old. I already love the writing and I am excited to finish it soon.
So far, I can only say that it was one of the books I have planned to read for quite a while now and I am glad that I finally started it. Based on what I have heard from other people I had to include it to this list as it seems truly well-written and still relevant to things that are happening in many parts of the world.
“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”George Orwell, 1984
#8 How Not To Die – Michael Greger
Okay, so the title may be a little lot, but How not to Die is still a brilliant and truly interesting book. Here, Dr. Michael Greger, writes about the most fatal diseases to humankind and how we could prevent some of them by choosing what we put into our body.
Now, this book does not talk about food as a swap for medicine, but it does tell you the advantages and effects different kinds of foods can have on your body. All of the information is based on scientific findings, so I think that it is truly an interesting book to read.
“the top reason doctors give for not counseling patients with high cholesterol to eat healthier is that they think patients may “fear privations related to dietary advice.” In other words, doctors perceive that patients would feel deprived of all the junk they’re eating. Can you imagine a doctor saying, “Yeah, I’d like to tell my patients to stop smoking, but I know how much they love it”?”Michael Greger, How Not To Die
#9 Don’t Let Go – Harlan Coben
Ever since watching The Stranger on Netflix (big recommendation), I fell in love with the stories of Harlan Coben. They are thrilling, mysterious, sometimes a little weird, but all in all everything makes sense at the end. (yes, it is possible @Riverdale).
Don’t Let Go is exactly such a story and I truly don’t want to say too much, as everything Harlan Coben writes just seems so full of surprises. So, if you feel like reading an exciting thriller (with some weird details), make sure to get Don’t Let Go, The Stranger or Missing You by Harlan Coben. PS: These are at least the books I have read, but I’m already about to read another one.
“Daisy wore a clingy black dress with a neckline so deep it could tutor philosophy.”Harlan Coben, Don’t Let Go
#10 Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl was one of my all time favourite books to read. Especially if you haven’t watched the movie, make sure to read it before you know what is going to happen as I believe that the book is a lot better. It was quite long, but nevertheless truly exciting.
Furthermore, I love the writing style, which also makes it unique to me. Again, I don’ want to say too much, but if you haven’t watched the movie, make sure to read Gone Girl.
“My mother had always told her kids: if you’re about to do something, and you want to know if it’s a bad idea, imagine seeing it printed in the paper for all the world to see.”Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
These are all of my book recommendations for now, if you want another part, make sure to let me know as I am currently reading a lot and still got some great stories to tell you about. I tried to really incorporate a lot of different genres and I hope you found a new book to read!
PS: New blogpost coming tomorrow!