As you all should know by now I am a huge fan of a good book, this won’t be a typical list of motivational books but rather books that will hopefully broaden horizons and maybe entice you to read into that subject or the author more! These are also not necessarily new books and not always cheerful but if it gets the cobwebs off your eyes from looking at the computer screen I’ve done a decent job, so in no particular order here they are!
1 – Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
In my opinion possibly the greatest and most gripping short story of all time. Zweig twists and turns you in this psychological thriller that at its heart is blindingly simple but with suspense the old master makes you feel you’ve read far more than the 77 pages. If you liked Grand Budapest Hotel, the film was based on his works.
2 – Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Why this is not compulsory reading throughout the world I will never know. From the mouth or rather the pen of the great man himself, this book is as enthralling as it is informative. One of the most important books of our time, if you’re an adult and have not read this by now, it should definitely be next on your list!
3 – As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
One of the best books I’ve ever read and it was described by Allen himself as “… [dealing] with the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. I have tried to make the book simple, so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching, and put into practice the methods which it advises. It shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. The price of the book is only one shilling, and it can be carried in the pocket.” Published in 1903 and years ahead of its time, you will not be disappointed in the slightest!
4 – Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
A book that in the uncertain times of the NHS is utterly necessary, Henry Marsh who with retirement looming writes this utterly staggering book about neurosurgery. A man who when I met him seemed to have no sense of self-doubt opens up and allows us under the skin of both the operations he has performed and himself. Dark humour and fascinating cases await you in his first book. If you’ve read this already then Admissions – his second book – is just as insightful.
5 – Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
The newest book on this list which is as thought provoking as it is insightful. Harari spellbindingly guides you through ideas you’ve had in the back of your mind with such clarity you will be astonished as to how he is such a wordsmith. He plays with the English language so beautifully that he’ll make you question your fluency and make you question fundamentals of everyday life.