Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Didn’t we all want a mentor growing up? Someone who could guide us through our highs and lows instead of yelling at us for our mistakes? Someone patient enough to listen to all our problems? That’s exactly the kind of person Morrie was.
Morrie Schwartz guided the author, Mitch Albom through his college years and lost contact with him but go back in touch with him after 15 years when Morrie got diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was in the last stages of his life. After rediscovering his mentor, Mitch realized how big of an impact Morrie had on his life and started taking lectures from him every Tuesday. Morrie’s lectures were not academic but rather based on his life experiences.
This book embodies all the lessons of life and after reading it, you’ll realize how the most important life lessons are the most simple ones. When people get terminally sick, they are likely to become bitter and rude, but Morrie was the opposite. He accepted his death and spent more time with people, helped anyone who he could till his last breath. The student-teacher relationship throughout the book is so beautiful and even though you know Morrie’s going to die in the end, it’s heart-wrenching to read. This memoir is one of the most inspiring things you’ll ever read.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming is the memoir of Michelle Obama (former First Lady of the United States). It’s a captivating, humorous, and very humble account of Michelle Obama’s journey from the Southside to the White House. Throughout the book, you’ll notice how much she emphasized the importance of having strong role models in one’s life, especially when you come from a place where you’ve faced racism or any kind of indifference. She gives her parents the most credit for raising her to be the strong, independent woman she is today. It’s an unfiltered, real-life, behind-the-scenes account of her childhood, youth, marriage, and everything in between. You’ll feel her grow as a person throughout the book, and towards the end of the book, you’ll feel like you’ve grown a lot with her too.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
The Alchemist is a journey of a boy named Santiago who had recurring dreams about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt and how he travels from Spain to the Egyptian desert. He meets different people along the way who guide him towards the quest. He follows all the signs around him, good omens and bad omens. He even gets deceived and loses hope but what began as the journey of searching for materialistic goods turned into a spiritual quest of finding oneself. The Alchemist is more than a self-help book, it refreshes your perspective and changes your life. It helps you escape reality to learn about the reality of the modern world as you’ll find yourself constantly deriving a parallel between the book and your life. The core philosophy of the novel is, "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true” and to never let fear control your life. This book will make a significant difference in your life and you’ll feel more connected and calmer than ever.
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
The Forty Rules of Love is a novel within a novel. It begins when Ella gets a book called Sweet Blasphemy for an appraisal, Sweet Blasphemy is a book about the spiritual relationship between Rumi, a thirteenth-century philosopher, and Shams of Tabriz, his guide. Throughout the book, you’ll know about the forty rules in detail and while the name of the book might make you think it’s a sappy rom-com but it’s far more than love, it’s about - relationship with God, Sufism, sacrifice, devotion and detaching oneself from the hustle and bustle of the world around you. This book is about the essence of love and how the presence of it changes and heals a person. Love is always seen in a narrow perspective and people keep on forgetting that love is everywhere around them, this book widens one’s perspective and one should definitely read it.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Imagine we lived in a world where we get a phone call 24 hours before we die, will you live in fear or will you make the most of it? This book is about a boy named Mateo who received a call from Death-Cast and ends up meeting Rufus through Last Friend, an app that connects you to people dying on the same day as you. They both met, fell in love, and made the most of it even if it was for one day. This book will make you get out of your bed and do all the things you thought you’d do one day but were holding off just because you thought you didn’t have enough time. You’ll be more grateful for your life and the people around you. The character development is beautiful and the plot is beyond remarkable. This is genuinely one of those books you can’t put down once you pick it up.
Author: Vanshika Jain