10 books that influenced my life.

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Reading is the insight into everything within me.

I cannot recall when I began or turned into a voracious reader. Reading books was not handed down to me. It was not pushed on to me, neither was it any outside influence…I just became one. It was of my own choosing. I do know it was in my early teens that I began to love words and simply read. I would read all the time. Not only books but magazines, billboards, labels, tags, posters, slogans. Everything. Even vehicle number plates…etc etc. if it was a language I could read…I would. Mentioned below are 10 books that influenced my life.

How reading infleunces change.

I discovered my own self while I grew up with all the reading. Through the fictional stories and their characters. Self introspections and insight into everything within me through various self-help and improvement books. Both the kind took me on a roller-coaster of someone called ME. It has sometimes been just a sentence that completely changed my life. Like my most favorite one, at the end of the book “GONE WITH THE WIND” by Margaret Mitchell which was :

“After all tomorrow is another day”.

This one line changed my life forever into becoming an eternal hopeful. I just am such a strong believer of change and possibilities.

Books that changed me.

This is a huge, diverse…OMG! So many books to talk about…kinda blog topic for me. However, if I had to begin my blog about something I totally love…I’d pick a few of these books mentioned below, that I can recall at this very moment as I write. Books that helped me grow over the years…after I was done reading Sherlock Holmes, Harold Robbins, Sidney Sheldon’s of the world in my teens. They were and still are in any random order as I can remember them the ones that shaped me :

1) The Celestial Prophecy- James Redwood

(I have read and own the entire series of it. All the insights and visions)

 This was the first time a book spoke about the energy of things, and I instantly connected to it. It talks about magic around us, about us, about life and the universe. It is beautifully written as a fiction, and yet it is also very thought-provoking. About life beyond our own body and mind.

2) The Road Less Travelled- M Scott Peck 

I read it the first time for the title. When I was growing up, I wanted to be it all and do it all in my life. To travel the road less traveled. Do something. To be someone that no one else ever was or ever did before. This book gave me, ME. I learnt from it and grew up with its values.

3) Conversations with GOD- Neale Donald Walsch

 (Again, I own and have read all 3 books, that i know of)

Omg, I love them all. Through the conversations with GOD, my entire limitation on the subject was turned around 360 degrees. My way of seeing GOD, or a divine being, or a higher force, source, has changed completely since.

4) The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Milan Kundera

The intricacies of relationships, the being, the love, the passion, the vulnerability, space to grow….all of it. In this one story. I loved every character. And, it is also one of those books one can pick up and read again and again. Each time one discovers another aspect of the characters and of life.

5) The Kite Runner- Khalid Hosseni

I loved the setting, the authenticity of the characters, the STORY. Cant beat that, that is the essence of it. No others words can describe and limit what the book really is.

6) The 40 forty rules of love- Elif Shafak

It is a book I read just a couple of years ago. If I had this and read this in my growing years, I would have loved more, even more! 

7) Rumi and Khalil Gibran

I would take myself to be of very humble disposition in having to write anything about them. Or describe what energy their words and thoughts carry. They are philosophical, YES. Life changing? MOST, most certainly. And I am in awe.

8) The Ten keys to total freedom- Gary  M Douglas 

Again a book I read only about 5 years ago. And I would say this one should be a manual one is born with. As a reference on “how to live life as it should be”. This is another life-changing book, and ever since I have begun to use every single commandment from this book and made it my own, I have changed and so has my life. It is something I will learn and use until my last breath.

9) Being You- Dr. Dain Heer

What more can a title like this need ??? All about being me, for the first time, someone truly cares and writes about who I am, as a being. Just ME being me. He says, “Be You and change the world”. It is something that appeals to me far more than the version which says, “Be you and the world will adjust”. The latter always had a sense of heaviness for me, while being myself and contributing to those around is so much more lighter and easier to do and be.

10) Paulo Coehlo

( Once again I own the entire collection, right until the latest release)

Every story is so involving and yet, at the end of the “story” is a changed life and living and being. I love the way it subtly weaves so many intricasies of our lives into it.

Why I love reading.

While I am trying to consolidate my list, there perhaps are so many more, I could think of where one word or one line or moment…changed or influenced my life. I am also pondering over why I love reading. I love it because it takes me away from my present reality into a world full of possibilities. It makes me time travel into lives and era’s I have never been in or would be in. Reading allows me to explore and know beyond my own limitations. And go beyond the boundaries that I live in. It also gives me my own solace and space to be in.

Why don’t you share some of the books that have changed and influenced your life too? While I’ll just read…some more.

Coffee…Conversations and Books.

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