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8 Recommendations for the Read-A-Thon


Hello, bibliophiles! We hope you’re doing well curled up in your bed with your favorite coffee and book. Reading every book that we own felt like a distant dream always but since we are all stuck at home for quite a long time, the dream has come true and now we are out of books to read. We are here to bring a list of life-changing books to read that are not only lesser-known but will also bring along positive vibes to keep you sane. Read on to know!


1. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to A Long & Happy Life

Are you not happy with your current approach towards life and want to change it? Get your hands on this book to know Japanese people’s secret to everything: from relationships to work to diet. This book is a compilation of the survey performed in different parts of Japan and offers feasible concepts that can be applied in day to day life. One of our personal favorites, don’t miss out!


2. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Written by Jordan B Peterson, a Canada based clinical psychologist, 12 Rules for Life is a self-help book that provides life advice through a perfect blend of philosophy and psychology. This book ends up answering the most difficult questions about life in an easy and humorous manner. Make it your morning mantra to read a few pages of this book every day as a part of your self-care routine!


3. Becoming

Michelle Obama is a woman crush and inspiration for women all across the globe. Her journey from struggling because of racism to becoming the first lady of the USA is a roller coaster ride with multiple tribulations, ups, and downs to read about. With the weekend approaching, cook your favorite meal and read the life journey of the woman we don’t mind calling a boss lady. Once you’re done reading, don’t forget to catch the documentary on Netflix.


4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

If you are willing to start the journey of transformation, this book is exactly what you read. Written with the perception that change begins from self, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey states that if you change your perception you can change the situation. Rightly said, if you have control over your thoughts, you can change everything you want to change!


5. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Do you ever find yourself overworked, underutilized, or hijacked by someone else’s agenda? If you relate to any of the formerly stated terms then Essentialism by Greg McKeown is the book you need. This book does not give you the strategy to do everything but to do the right things only effectively. It’s not another book that teaches you productivity strategy or positivity, it’s about systematic discipline to do everything that matters and eliminating the rest!


6. 5 Seconds Rule

Are you a procrastinator who ends up doing everything last minute and then promises self to not do it again? If yes, let’s join the movement of change with 5 Seconds Rule by Mel Robbins. The author is a motivational speaker and the face behind the idea of 5 seconds rule. Wondering what it is? 5 seconds rule says that if you want to do something, you must get moving in 5 seconds else your brain will kill the idea. Isn’t that something we all need in life?


7. Man’s Search For Meaning

Man’s search for meaning is written by Victor Frankl sharing his stories from behind the bars during WW2 in Nazi Concentration Camp. He shares the methods that helped him maintain positivity. The books help you identify the purpose of life and then imagining the outcome. If you have lost hope and really struggling amid the pandemic, divert your mind to good things with this read!


8. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses

Buddha’s words of wisdom have always helped us find the light at the end of the tunnel. With many of his famous sayings spread all across the internet we all preach him. But in reality, his teachings are quite vast thus, making it difficult to find where to look. In the Buddha’s Words is an anthology by Pali Canon that explains Buddha’s teachings in a systematic way under ten different themes. Turn on your Zen Mode and feel the positive vibe around.


Now that we have given you a list of 8 books, go ahead and prep your nook because that is the only place you’ll be spending your entire day at. Happy reading!




P.S “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

-Pride and Prejudice

Jaisleen Kaur

Delhi North '21

Just an ordinary DU student, making her way through life with writing!
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