New month, new book recommendations for you. The books I am recommending you to read are not new books, but my favorites to feature this month. I hope you’ll find something you like:
1. The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
“It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.” So begins Pamuk’s novel, The Museum of Innocence. A love story between the wealthy businessman Kemal and a poor lady, Füsun. I don’t want to say a lot about the story, because you have to read it and to feel it. You’ll be involved in melancholy, love, loyalty, honor, secrets, obsession, mystery, and many irrational decisions in the name of love.
I read this book in three different languages (in Turkish, English and in German), but nothing beats the original novel in Turkish. Although the English version has been masterfully translated. I love The Museum of Innocence so much, that I was so sad to finish reading it. The night I finished this book, I was sitting on the couch with my hands laid on the closed book and cried a river.
2. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
This book healed my anxiety, and I cannot recommend The Untethered Soul enough. A very easy book to read and to understand who you really are and how to be truly free. But this doesn’t mean that it’s easy to apply Michael A. Singer’s advices into your everyday life. Singer describes the theory that you are not your mind. Which means that, your mind has created its own list of likes, dislikes and preferences. Usually, we suffer and are unhappy because the outside world doesn’t fit to our expectations, or to our feelings and how our world should be. The more we focus on ourselves and control our thoughts, the more we can be free to enjoy life as it happens to us.
3. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
A true guide to joy, Sadhguru is one of my favorite guru’s for health, spirituality and faith. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about spirituality, the way of living, meditation, various branches of yoga. As well as for those who wonder why joy is not constant, who wonders what’s beyond their body and mind etc. A must read book!
4. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
A great book for product managers, designers, marketers. start-up founders. Nir Eyal provides readers with practical insights to creative user habits that stick. He starts the book with important questions like: Why do some products capture out attention while others flop? What makes to engage with certain things out of sheer habit? Is there an underlying pattern to how technologies hook us? Eyal answers these questions masterfully. This book is short, easy to read, it has a clear structure, all information is relevant and to the point. Overall a very good book for entrepreneurs.
5. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This book narrates the great epic Indian mythological tale, Mahabharata. For those who are interested for the rich literary heritage of India, Divakaruni has perfectly added up the longest epic Mahabharata in approximately 360 pages. The story is narrated from the view point of a very important and fearless female character in Mahabharata, Panchali. She is the daughter of the king Drupad, also known as Draupadi and wife of five Pandavas. I read the book before knowing anything about the mythological tale, Mahabharata. A difficult read, when you are not familiar with the original story. Thanks to my boyfriend who convinced me to watch the Mahabharata serial, I had a complete different perspective of the story.
I would not suggest this book to someone who isn’t familiar with Mahabharata, because there are some variations from what is considered original. However, it is still a pleasant read and I think Divakaruni deserves a gold medal for writing this brilliant story narrated the mythological tale from a different point of view.
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