…and I think you guys should read them, too!

I am a bookworm and very proud of the title, because being a bookworm means that you can absorb great knowledge and wisdom in short time instead by trying to experience it ourselves. We gain wisdom by reading other people’s misery, happiness, and life in general. This world is huge and with billions of people, come billions of different (sometimes conflicting) ideas, billions of different mindsets, billions of way of life that we can always learn from.

So now I’m gonna share some of the greatest wisdom-generating fiction works that inspire me to be a better version of myself. The books that made me who I am now, make me an open-minded person, someone with purpose and intention that somehow I can make an impact on the world. Maybe you guys have or have not read some of these books. If you have, well good for you! If you have not, it’s best to read these books at least once in your life because these fiction works give me better insights of the world. You should give it a try.

  1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


This first book is the one who gives me hugest impact and give me ‘wake-up call’ on how to view life. I’ve recommended this book so many times to my closest people because this book is so profound. The story follows the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. This book is already fascinating at the very beginning because it starts with the End. The book starts when Eddie’s life has already ended. As already stated on the title, Eddie met five people in heaven. We thought that these people are the ones who are the closest to him or people who love him dearly. Interestingly, there is someone whose life was afflicted greatly because of something Eddie did. Eddie did not even know this guy, but this guy’s life ended because of him. Peculiar, huh?

Why this book is having such great impact on my life? When I was teenager,  I was once fell into depression because I feel like I have no purpose being in this world, that I only brought misery to people around me. I was bullied and was never smart or beautiful enough in my parents’ eyes therefore I was convinced that my life served no purpose. I came to a phase where I wanted to just kill myself to end other people’s misery of having me. Reading this book really open my eyes. That every individual is connected in some way. I realize that my mindset was wrong. I matter. And maybe I don’t know it yet, but now I know I make an impact for someone’s life as we speak.

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


This highly-praised international bestseller book need no introduction. This book teach me to  know that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I used to think why everything never comes my way, why the odds are not in my favor, why only me who get this misery, etc. Then after reading The Alchemist, following Santiago’s journey closely, everything suddenly comes clear. You’ll need this book to open your eyes, open your mind, and changing everything you thought you knew.

3. The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern


Another thought-provoking book that has captivated me is by Irish novelist, Cecelia Ahern. This book evolves around Lucy Silchester, who treated her life badly. I love this book’s idea, that somehow your ‘life’ is able to confront you, it embodied into someone that reflects how you have lived all these years. Lucy’s ‘life’ is a man who is dishelved with bloodshot eyes, which represents how Lucy has lived her life. But when she decided to get better, her ‘life’ looks so much better to and become a handsome man. More review about the book on the upcoming topics though. This book has been another wake-up call for me that I should stop tormenting my life with unnecessary negativities and let my life be handsome (or beautiful), too. I should lead a better and happy life, mentally and physically.

4. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 


Without realizing, I’ve picked such diverse nationalities of great writers in my current article. It is proof that we can learn so much from people around the world. What I’ve learned from The Joy Luck Club is people have their own problems, insecurities, and dilemmas that they will not openly discuss. I’m of Chinese descent and I loathe Chinese narrow-mind thinkings and beliefs that are limiting. But reading this book makes me discover that people being who they are because of so many background stories, life events, and negative encounters so it will be better for us to try to listen and understand them instead of judging and hating without knowing the truth.

5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


The novel is written from the perspective of a dog. You can see the cuteness peeking in the cover. I love and adore dogs because they are such pure souls. They only want to give love to everyone and protect their masters. And this novel describe such vivid and beautiful portrayal of how a dog see their humans. I used to think that dogs do not understand what we say and that they don’t have much emotions, but reading this book make me believe that they feel what we feel, too. This book emphasizes my belief that animal cruelty should always be banned. Also, the novel had such brilliant ending that will leave you in tears.

I hope after reading this, you will start looking for these novels in the nearest bookstore. They were written incredibly well and I know you’re gonna love them. Or at least try to open your mind a little because we live together in this Earth to help each other grow. And that can only be done with an open mind.

Published by Genevieve Audrey