November 20, 2013

A few good books which relate to thinking about the actions you take and the impact they have on the world around you.

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Masson & Susan McCarthy  – a really insightful look at the way animals express emotions and counteracts the view from some that animals cannot feel.

The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness by Mark Rowlands – brilliant account of a philosophy teacher who takes in a wolf and learns some incredible lessons about life and living in the moment from the wild within the wolf.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – The message that everything happens for a reason but even trivial things can shape a person and that every encounter, occurance or event is tightly woven into the fabric of our lives. Really valuable point to take into account everyday so that we value the here and now and learn the lessons presented to us.

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng – this books draws you in so much that you forget where you are even if it is on the cold train to work. It is sad but uplifting at the same time such as is the beauty with which Twan Eng describes the setting and the characters.

The Book Thief by Marc Zusak – so beautifully written but read in private unless you do not mind strangers seeing you cry.

Shamtaram by Gregory David Roberts – this is one of the most visual, gripping books I have read. It feels real and gritty, yet beautiful and romantic at the same time. Really do recommend this one if things are not going right in your life and you want to feel that life is not always about following one path or doing things in one conventional way.

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