Books are powerful. Like the humming of a bee that enters your ear, pieces and fragments of books enter your mind. Sometimes this may occur at a conscious level, and sometimes its impact is subconscious. Either way, it’s so very important to pick and choose books that will have a positive impact o your life. By this, I do not mean you should read only goody goody books and shun books that tackle difficult topics. Even serious books can inspire you and have positive impacts. But sometimes, you just need a good book that will help you appreciate life. Here’s a list of 5 books that will make you appreciate life.
5 Books That Will Make You Appreciate Life:
Book of Delights by Ross Gay
This book is best summarized as a collection of essays on the delightfulness of life. Author Ross Gay in this book, records from one birthday to another, the simple joys of life. Basically, he challenges himself to note one joyful thing about the world in different words he feels like, consistently every day for a year. The result is a book of tremendous positivity, meaning and delight that will move you with the sheer intensity of the beauty it contains.
The Dark Interval by Rainer Maria Rilke
As I said before, sometimes the shiniest light can be found in the darkest place. This is that is where it shines out. Often, the most profound meaning and joy can be found in the bleakest moments. And those unexpected epiphanies are far more valuable than miss goody two shoes books. This book by the great German poet, whose philosophy of life transcends space and time, is a collection of his letters. These are all letters written to grieving, mourning, bereaving human beings, and offer comfort, philosophy and guidance. By talking about death, they make you appreciate life – an echo of the curious paradox life is.
The Little Book of Comfort by Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond is the very embodiment of comfort. His books are so full of tiny yet profound observations of nature, human life and relationships. Simple and lilting with the melodies of the mountains, his books are all comfort reads that remind us of the amplitude of nature’s beauty, the tremendousness of its overwhelming meaning. This little book, as it promises, offers doses of positivity and dollops of comfort on a sad, rainy evening.
Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
People rightly extol as the poet of nature – all her poetry is replete with the vivacious bounty of nature. As the title suggests, this poetry collection is an ode to mornings, and the beauty of flora and fauna that accompany it. From crickets, toads and bears to trout lilies, pinewoods and clouds, she marvels at the wonders of nature. These are lyrical, musical hymns devoid of religious or political elements – they celebrate the natural world that welcomes every new day. And the very existence of such poetry will make you appreciate life.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Like Rilke’s collection of letters, this book takes us through perhaps the darkest period of history to show is light exists even there. Frankl’s memoir cum non-fiction book is a documentation of his experience through the Nazi holocaust, and how he has found renewal of life since. In this book, he argues that no matter what his outer circumstances might be, meaning can be found if man wants to find it. Taking the view of an existential psychologist who founded the logotherapy, this book talks about the value of human life in the direst situations. Basically, this book may make you tear up, but you will finish it with a smile on your face due to a renewed faith in the destiny of mankind.
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5 Books That Will Make You Appreciate Life