We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do, think and feel.. is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are, and may become. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
I’m a book lover. Growing up, I’ve always been fond of reading books. I remember I started reading and collecting books since I was seven (7). Back then, I was fond of children’s fiction and story book. Then when I reached high school, I started reading romantic/thriller fiction and comics such as Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, Stephen King’s books, Archie Comics, and many other fiction books.
Back in elementary and high school, I’ve spent a lot of time in the school library. I remember, I was even assisting the librarian in arranging the incoming and outgoing borrowed books, without pay. That’s how much I loved hanging out in the library. I loved being surrounded by a lot of books and just sit quietly in a table, and just read.
My love for books didn’t stop until I reached college. Back then, I was already studying accountancy. My course required a lot of time studying, which resulted to spending more time in the library.
In college, my favourites were still romantic and comical fiction books such as Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella, but I also started reading more serious fiction books such as Mitch Albom and Dan Brown.
But right after college, after experiencing many failures and disappointment in life, my interest in books shifted from reading fiction to non-fiction. I started reading personal development, management, personal finance and business books. I still read fiction, but it’s very rare compared to how much I read non-fiction books.
We become the books we read. ~ Matthew Kelly
Reading these non-fiction books helped me better cope with the failures and disappointment in life, as well as it guided me on how to move forward and find success in what I choose to do.
In this article, I have listed down the books I personally recommend. In fact, I have created my own book review and summary after I read these books. I hope you may also find them helpful in your journey to live life fully!
My Book Reviews
- Napoleon Hill’s First Editions Book (Personal Development and Productivity)
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living? (Happiness and Personal Development)
- The One Minute Manager (Relationship and Leadership)
- The Art of War for Women (Personal Development)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People (Relationship and Leadership)
- Tribes (Relationships and Leadership)
- The 4 Hour Work Week (Productivity)
- The Greatest Salesman in the World (Personal Development)
- The Automatic Millionaire (Money)
- Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle (Personal Development)
- Ready for Anything (Productivity)
- The Dip: Why Winners Do Quit? (Productivity)
- Think and Grow Rich (Personal Development)
- Who Moved My Cheese? (Happiness)
- The Secret (Happiness)
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Personal Development)