“There is no friend as loyal as a book”- Ernst Hemmingway

I read this quote on the front page of Gulf news. I began to ponder at this thought. How can a book be a loyal friend? With friends we laugh, cry and at times, a conversation that leaves us with a lasting thought and impression. Well, a book exactly does that. When you are at conflict with yourself, a good book can always and will always put things into perspective. The words written are permanent and they don’t change at your convenience.

Reading has been one of the most important tasks of the day for me. When I finish a book, a part of me goes away with it and a new part emerges. So, here is my list of favorite reads, starting 2019.

These books have been my loyal friends so far, and I am sure they will continue to be:

  1. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran– I’ve seen and heard lots of people quoting him. I was curious and got the book. Well, it didn’t disappoint at all. The poetry is impeccable, beyond the confines of your daily mindless chatter. It is deep and you have to revisit it. This one has a permanent place in my heart and my bookshelf. When I read this, the part of me that dissolved is what he says about your children. Your children are their own spirits and we cannot cage them or expect them to be even close to, what you want them to be.
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama– This one is a game changer. I literally took it with me everywhere. Yes, I know what you are thinking! I could not part, even for a minute from Michelle Obama. She was my shrink, letting me overcome mummy guilt, giving me power, asking me to take responsibility for my shortcomings, being authentic, to be the good kind of crazy and most importantly how to tell your story of becoming. It is a book, that I will read again and again. This is a keeper.
  3. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene– This one is brutally true and will make you silently accept that, we all have a dark side. For me, it was about accepting that we all have two faces, we put out to the world, and it is Ok to have that. I mean we are not the same people at home, as we are at work. This book is about embracing and making peace with the good and bad you. At the same time, investing time in improving yourself.
  4. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro– This book won the Noble Prize for Literature last year. It is a beautifully written book with language so fluid, effortless and characters that linger in your mind. A story about a married couple on a journey to their son’s village, whilst the place where they live, people are affected by collective amnesia. I loved the part about collective amnesia. Imagine the world would be a better place if people collectively forgot about bad things. To forgive, forget and move on.

I want to maximize my reading this year and I am on a spree. So, I will be posting more on the books I’ve read and how I feel about them.

Meantime, do let me know your thoughts on the best books you’ve read in 2018/2019.

This is what I want to do all day!

Happy Reading!

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