Book Recommendations

I love reading. I love using my imagination to complete another writer’s piece of art. I love the beauty of words, how it can describe the little details of life so perfectly, or pass on knowledge to others without actually being there. Whether it’s the screen on my iPad or the smell of old school paperback, it always feels good to read after a long day of working on my computer screen.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

My rating: ★★★★★ | Nonfiction - Biography - Travel

I read Wild in summer 2014 during my first ever soul-searching solo trip and the book resonated perfectly with me. This book is about hardship, perseverance and uncertainties in life. I highly recommend it to those who are trying to find “the meaning of life.”

About the book:

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. 

Why Not Me?

by Mindy Kaling

My rating: ★★★★★ | Nonfiction - Humour

This book has so much sass and humour! I’ve always loved Mindy Kaling’s authentic and #girlboss attitude projected through The Mindy Project, so this book was really fun to read, yet empowering at the same time. Not sold? Check out my Top 10 Quotes I Love from Why Not Me blog post!

About the book:

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. 

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Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom

My rating: ★★★★★ | Nonfiction - Biography

I’ve read this book over and over again, I’ve cried reading it over and over again. Morrie Schwartz, Mitch Albom’s college professor, has a lot of wise words to say about what he’s learned throughout his life before he died of ALS.

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Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

My rating: ★★★★☆ | Nonfiction - Self-help

Based on real life examples and psychological studies, this book shared interesting facts about what successful people share in common. This book inspired me to really work hard for what I want to succeed in. 

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

My rating: ★★★☆☆ | Nonfiction - Self-help - Art

Honestly, I am not a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing style, but I learned quite a bit about creative living, and am inspired by this nonfiction written by the author of Eat, Pray, Love to live the creative life that I want.

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The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person need is a little perspective

by Andy Andrews

My rating: ★★★☆☆ | Fiction - Self-help

A book highly recommended by my friend Kelly as it inspired her a lot, she even bought many copies of the same book to gift other! I find this book a little cliché but it still is a short and inspiring read. 

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The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author), Richard Howard (Translator)

My rating: ★★★★★ | Fiction - Children - Philosophy

Oh, the good ol’ Little Prince! I can never get bored of flipping through the pages of this French classical children’s literature, which is such an easy read yet filled with deep meanings of life. 

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

My rating: ★★★★☆ | Fiction - Philosophy

A fantasy-like fictional story with deep meanings. It took me a while to finish this book as it’s spiritual and philosophical, not my usual genre. While this book is a 4-star from me, a friend of mine really hated the book and ditched it midway. 

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

- Mark Twain