This year I have read more books than I read in the entirety of last year. I have amazed myself. Having delved into a new book genre and tone of reading has proven to be a well-made choice. I have fallen back in love with the magic of the pages that I had sadly lost.
In the past I have found fiction books, falling into the teen section or recent movie release section of branding, as thrilling and captivating reads.
However, the dawn of my mental health issues brought greater philosophy to my thoughts and fiction books fail(ed) to captivate me as a reader sadly. My mental health brought Matt Haig to me. Anybody who has read past blogs knows my love for his talent and craftsmanship with words. (My favourite book of his features in short on my Recommendations for your Recovery blog post – check it out for more book inspiration.)
What followed reading that book was my revelation of self-help books, which I find great pleasure and peace from reading. As the books distract my mind with questions some may label as ‘heavy’ but I find so much beauty in the endless answers they have.
My family mostly my mum handed me books and recommendations leaving me with the short stack I have almost tackled. This means I have read many books in this passing month, including the road less travelled, discussed in my recent blog post surrounding my personal growth as I am in pursuit of ‘in-between’.
However, I have not only found a collection of books I have discovered another author. Rarely do authors tend to my every wish of what a book should be, yet this one does.
Mitch Albom, author of Tuesday’s with Morrie and a collection of other diamonds within the world of books.
My Auntie leant me the book that followed the hit book, Tuesday’s with Morrie. It is titled, The 5 people you meet in Heaven, and in reading it I found the pleasure that my fiction books fail to provide me with recently. Self-discovery. I learnt so much about oneself as I consumed the pages over 24 hours and reveled in its beauty. I have ordered the third book and intend on reading all 5 of his books.
Both books I have read at current are books which discuss life frankly and both explore the fears that we either choose to ignore or let torment us. From what happens after, life to the question of living or simply existing. I do not want to provide any more depth as both books have very beautiful stories to tell and interpretations to be made that I do not wish to distort in any way. All I will say is that the books are not of any extraordinary length, nor of extraordinary complexity. Yet there are enough words for your own mind to answer the questions it leaves with you.
The five books I have mentioned:
Tuesday’s with Morrie, The 5 people you meet in Heaven, For one day more, The timekeeper and Have a little faith. Though I only truly speak for the first two they are enough for the other three to be deserving of my time. (and I hope yours.)
For more information on the books visit Mitch Albom’s website that is linked. (This is not sponsored I have simply fallen in love with his talent and wish to share it with you.)
I shall finish this post with a quote of his.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
– Mitch Albom, Tuesday’s with Morrie.
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