With the year half gone, you can’t keep procrastinating.
Yes. You want to read. And you know that as well.
But then, what books to read can be quite challenging.
If you are on this table, then relax.
And don’t forget to get yourself a cup of cold coffee.
As I walk you through the best books to read 2019.
Peradventure, you think you don’t like to read, it could be because you have not been laying your hands on the right books.
This list will give you a jump start. And get you in the reading mood.
Some books are exhilarating, to say the least. Soul searching and capable of drawing anyone in.
You will find them on this list.
And again, I know I am not the only one who was told in high school that “readers are leaders”. Or that “if you are not studying, you are dying”.
That was said to all of us. Now we have grown. And we are seeing differently.
If you think those statements don’t make sense, you are probably right.
But still, reading is vital.
If you want to develop your imaginative ability, get reading.
If you want to always have nice ideas, get reading.
Do you want to build your mind? Get reading.
Do you want to discover new things? Get reading.
So are you ready to get reading?
Here are the best books to read.
Now, let’s get down to it.
This book features the memoir of Paul Kalanithi.
Paul is a neurosurgeon at Stamford University.
And was in his mid-thirties when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Paul Kalanithi reveals to us in this book, how to face death gracefully.
And how to live and really live.
This makes the number one book on our list. And definitely, one of the best books to read 2019.
We get a lot of food for thoughts as we enter into Paul kalathanithi’s world:
How can you decide how to apply your life, if you are not certain of how much life you still have?
Paul was not a tragedy, but what befell him was tragic.
No system of thought entirely grasps the fullness of humans.
We either achieve or abandon most of our ambitions. Whichever way, they are past history.
“Even if I’m dying,” Paul says. “Until I actually die, I’m still leaving”.
Life isn’t about evading suffering. Suffering is a core characteristic of every organism.
In life, some environments are better than others.
While some provide better starting materials, some don’t.
While some have favorable conditions, some don’t.
And some make inventions and societal building easy, some don’t.
Jared Diamond reveals why the European took power in this book of class.
If you hope to have a peep on the history line, this is certainly one of the interesting books to read 2019.
Four main reasons why European took power, conquering the northern and southern America are:
The difference between plants and animals. The animals are domesticated, which made more food available in Europe and Asia.
The speed in which technology and agriculture, diffused all through Europe.
The simplicity of global diffusion in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The different sizes of continents. Which leads to differences in sizes of population and technological growth.
Did you ever think it was possible to learn how to think?
Well, David Foster shows us how to do that in this book.
And this book goes down as one of the intellectual books to read before you die.
Learning how to think, isn’t just about thinking creatively.
Rather, it’s about learning how to control what you think, and how you think.
It’s only normal to go through life, thinking with the societal perspective. Instead of a distinct perception of life.
You will find, how it’s up to you to determine how you want to see life.
And what meaning you give to your experiences.
There are beliefs we cling so hard to, and we don’t question them.
And that’s like being a prisoner and locked up, without even knowing it.
Education has no relation to grades and degrees. It is simple awareness. Awareness of what’s real and what’s not.
If you are curious about how it all started, this book will heartily welcome you.
And satisfy all your curiosity.
If you want to have a robust knowledge of the various timelines in the advancement of man, this is surely one of the books to read.
Follow Stephen Hawking, as he explores- how the universe began.
What made this beginning possible?
Does time go forward?
Does the universe have boundaries or is it unending?
What’s going to happen when the universe ends?
Are there some other dimensions to it?
Are you ready? Stephen Hawking hopes to take you into the crux of creation.
Are you a novel freak? The dreamers by Karen Thompson is surely a novel to read.
A finely crafted story about solitude. Nonetheless, centered in the busy environment of a college.
A freshman sleeps and doesn’t wake. Not that she is dead. But she won’t move. This endemic begins to trouble the whole campus. And extending to the town that surrounds it.
If you want to be told a lit story that keeps you on your toes till the end, then dive in.
An ethnic group in Africa suffers colonization as the European arrives.
Its culture is threatened. And the man who rises to defend these traditions commits suicide.
This mesmerizing story stands out as one of the best books to read of all time.
Allow Achebe to teach you the culture of this African African ethnic group.
You will be glad you did.
Harper Lee explores justice in a time where racism prevails.
This sensational novel features the American racist south in the years of depression.
She uses a very simple device to tell her story. And pulls us into the mind of the oppressed.
The six-year-old Jean Louis Finch is the eye through which we see the world.
Her father, who is a lawyer, defends a black man accused falsely. This black man falsely accused of rape pleads for a less difficult kill.
This novel stands out, having won many awards including the Pulitzer. It also makes one of the best books to read for kids.
Mary Shelley was only eighteen when she penned down this sensation.
And Frankenstein remains yet at the peak of the best horror stories.
Frankenstein is a bizarre creature, yearning for pity and association.
The complex creation, in this bid, starts to get violent.
This story, several years after its creation, remains relevant. Especially, in this era, that science tries to explore what it means to create life.
If you have not read this story in 2019, you are definitely missing out.
This is Salman Rushdie’s most celebrated novel.
Its protagonist was born just as India gains her independence.
He is born with super powers. And it’s not just him who has these powers.
Salman blends realism and magic to tailor this work of fiction.
Telling the tale of the bloody Indian resurgence.
And featuring a group of midnight born children, having strange powers.
Again, it’s one of the books to read for kids.
Gift a kid this absorbing fiction, and keep this struggle story ever fresh in her mind.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie opens our eyes to a subtle racial identity in this story.
A Comfortable Nigerian lady leaves her abode in Lagos to face the worlds of struggle in the USA.
She explores the suffering of immigrants in United States and the rashness of a developing Nigeria.
Join Adichie as she takes you through continents.
This isn’t your regular novels.
It creates an intense feeling that comes with a light touch.
Treat yourself this enjoyment, you really deserve it.
Robert Kiyosaki gives timeless ideas on finances in this book.
He recounts his childhood experiences. And compares his middle-class dad with his friend’s.
Prescribing actionable solutions to poor dads. And outlining why poor people are poor and the rich people are rich.
Kiyosaki’s comparison of his not-so-rich Dad with his friend’s dad who was one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii, sheds light on how to manage money. And how to get money too.
And how to to teach your kids about financial intelligence.
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Books don’t cost a fortune. But the knowledge you harvest from them can build you a fortune.
Try to tap into the gems of knowledge hidden in the pages of the books I have prescribed in this article. Whatever catches your fancy – these are the best books to read 2019. Happy reading!
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