January is always dedicated to change and improvement, especially when you have a set of New Year’s Resolutions to guide you. Some of my resolutions are reading more and prioritizing my mental health (and of course, physical health but I love food! Ugh). I’m glad that these two resolutions can go hand in hand. I can kill two birds with one stone by buying inspirational books. So after stumbling upon this thread on Reddit, I have compiled this list based on their recommendations and from my own reading experience. These books are centered on self-discovery, mindfulness, as well as, how we view life and society.
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – I read this book as as senior in high school and it ignited my affinity for Buddhist teachings . It’s about a young man’s journey to self-discovery and eventually, enlightenment. An amazing book with insights that may help you look deeper at life’s true meaning.
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl – This book was highly recommended and is one of the most influential books in America. The book revolves around the notion that “we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward.”
- Moments of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh – A light read that sinks deep into your consciousness with quotes that can guide your meditation. Positive and thought-provoking. It can also be a great gift to family and friends looking to make meditation a part of their life.
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Classic compilation of short stories that I enjoyed reading as a child, now touches me in a different way. The themes covered in the stories include relationships, kindness, and leadership. A great read to gain a new perspective on life or to regain and preserve childlike wonder.
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach – The book tackles the problems of feeling unworthy and sense of self-hatred with the combination of loving consideration and inspiring insights from Buddhist traditions. Brach also offers meditation techniques to guide the readers away from their “trance of unworthiness”.
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – “Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness.” A highly rated and recommended work, Vonnegut’s humor encompasses the themes of science, religion, life and death in this apocalyptic tale of a planet’s impending doom. I’ve always wanted to get into Vonnegut and I finally got my hands on one of his books!
Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think? If you have other book recommendations, I’d love to hear them! xo