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8 New Books to Read That Can Change Your Life
- July 1, 2020
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Inspiration
We have been surrounded by words, stories, and lessons since our childhood. Growing up, the difference is we prefer easier and faster ways to learn. Thus, books to read are mostly not the first choice. However, studies have shown adults who read for even 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to experience greater satisfaction in life than those who don’t.
To understand more about the importance of reading, read: Why books should be your priority, according to science
Having said that, do all books change our mindset and lives? Not necessarily. So, which books to read that can provide you with some of the greatest qualities and lessons that can change your life?
After going through book recommendations I have received over the years and some serious thoughts, here are some new books to read:
1. Thinking Fast and Slow – by Daniel Kahneman
This best selling book is exactly what the title promises. It goes deep into how we as humans process things. It is done by categorizing how the brain works in the dual system: System 1, where Daniel talks about how illogical, irrational, and impulsive we can get, whereas in System 2 he discusses the slow and analytical side of humans.
- Both, system 1 and system 2 are crucial. System 1 helps us survive and system 2 helps to thrive rationally.
- Optimal thinking. In the book, Daniel focuses on the real problem: what happens when we use these systems interchangeably, and what to do about it.
Other lessons: The book also shines a light on concepts like anchoring and science of availability.
“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.”
2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – by Yuval Noah Harari
This book is an important, stimulating, and long drive in the history of humans. Yuval talks about evolution, stone age, and lands in the 21st century. Yes, this doesn’t sound like your casual self-help book. However, the book is as profound as it can get and discusses mindset and ignorance.
- Happiness and meaningfulness are not mutually exclusive.
- Luxuries we use can become our necessities.
“You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven .”
3. Steve Jobs – by Walter Issacson
This best selling book by Walter Issacson, the author of other famous biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, is said to be another product of Steve Job’s mind. The readers who follow technology and Steve Jobs, do not need more reasons to read it. However, except for stories and lessons in areas, the book covers up quite a few dimensions.
- Learn from others and their mistakes.
- You don’t always have to be flawless
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
4. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life – by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia
Pronounced Ick-ee-guy is a term used by Japanese, and most of them claim to have it: a reason to get out of bed every morning. This book talks about passion, love, needs, profession, mission, and qualities. It focuses on what you love and what you can provide the world out of it.
- Importance of a slower pace in life.
- Friends, the importance of good friends in life.
- Eating habits for a better life
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
5. The Art of Thinking Clearly – by Rolf Dobelli
The Art of Thinking Clearly focuses on how many errors we humans make while thinking about usual day-to-day things. To help the reader understand better, the book comprises numerous real-life experiences and misunderstandings. The cognitive biases, where humans create their own, personal reality, is the epicenter of the book, as it continues to show us the real problems in our thinking pattern.
- Confirmation bias is one of the leading misconceptions.
- Shows how important it is the manner of communicating. It is important how you say it, more than what you say.
“If 50 million people say something foolish, it is still foolish.”
6. All the Light We Cannot See – by Anthony Doerr
This book is one of the “tough reads” but is totally worth the time and attention it asks for. The book is about a blind French girl and a German boy and how their decisions take place as the book unfolds. Above that, interestingly, all this takes place while they are trying to survive in World War II.
- Even if we think we are not, we are truly free to make our own choices.
- However, to do so, courage is the most important ingredient,
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
7. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak
This is one of my all-time favorites, and surely, will become yours too once you give it a read. Translated into 63 languages, the book is about a little girl growing up in Germany and how she steals a book and learns to read. The main characters, Liesel, the girl, and Max, a Jew protected by the girl’s family, are both trying to survive World War II but what happens next is a little heartbreaking.
- Don’t be afraid to help.
- Words can be more comforting than you could imagine.
“I am haunted by humans.”
8. The Power of Habit – by Charles Duhigg
This masterpiece is for everyone who wants to break a loop of habit or want to get into a better one. Evidently, Charles wrote the book as he understands that these patterns we get into are crucial to acknowledge yet not paid enough attention. The book focuses on creating an everlasting change instead, which we all are looking for, in one aspect or another.
- Our brain creates a habit to save us from spending energy every time, to form a habit, it looks for a reward, which convinces it that habit is worth it.
“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”