I know that this is a review site, but I wanted to discuss something fundamental. What’s the main reason why people should read books? Is it beyond pleasure and informative, and therapeutic? For me, and from what I have learned over the years, there are at least four valid reasons why a person should read a book.
Every book you read has its own story and sometimes when you read various books with different genres, you get carried away with the thought. Some books are exact with history and can be considered as a short memoir which was published. With that said, here are ten books with different stories that can tell you the beauty of life (with mental health issues) and what’s beyond it.
Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
This memoir talks about Zack which portrayed to be the gorilla and the bird as his mom. The author confirmed that the gorilla is reflecting him as a person because he has excessive hair in his chest as with the rest of his body. Also, this book was inspired by his real experience of him having bipolar disorder which is very hard to manage.
The bird in the story is referring to his mom. She was a single mother of 3 kids who never failed to encourage him to recover from the disorder while he was confined in a manic spree in New York City.
Project Semicolon by Amy Bleuel
The “Project Semicolon” was inspired by actual events in the life of Amy Bluel. This memoir was released ten years after her father died by committing suicide. An organization named Project which is a non-project organization published this book to serve as an awareness to everyone on suicide.
Alice and the Fly by James Rice
This memoir starts by talking about a teenage guy named Greg who developed schizophrenia at an early age. Greg also has a phobia of spiders which are both real and existing only in his hallucinations.
All Things New by Lauren Miller
Inspired by actual events, this book talks about surviving a mentally and emotionally broken down life. The beauty on how to recover from it by merely having hope on everything is revealed in the story. It focuses on a teenage girl who is feeling very damaged and doesn’t know what to do and who to tell. She hides it from everybody and then, hope became her strongest shield to conquer the dark side of giving up.
Shooting Ghost by Thomas Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly
The book tells of an inspiring story about a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury from the war in Afghanistan where he serves as an army officer. It was the lives of the authors – Brennan suffered depression and PTSD while O’Reilly struggled a year of the study documenting human brutality because of conflicts from all around the world. The title explains the invisible injuries of war which includes brain trauma and the likes.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Although Sam is one of the famous girls in the junior class, this doesn’t take her OCD away. Her condition leads her to think dark thoughts that she can’t get out of her mind. She also worries about losing her friends at any time if she doesn’t live up to their fashionable ways.
Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
Admittedly a lot of people can relate to this book by Sabrina Benaim. It talks about the struggle of having depression and how to deal with it in your everyday life. Live with or overcome it – those are the two choices.
Mental by Jamie Love
This is an inspiring story for those with bipolar disorder. The author of this book suffers from bipolar disorder and is taking medications. Later on, it was confirmed by the author’s doctor that it already affected her kidneys. She then decided to research for new alternatives to overcome her disorder naturally.
Literature has evolved through the times to cater to many audiences. Classics are timeless regarding their context, writing style, and other more characteristics.
Nowadays, one of the more popular topics that authors love to write about and people would prefer reading is love. The emergence of this genre has created a pool of readers interested in relationships thus making them crave for other plotlines related to the topic such as love affairs. This style has produced some of the most exciting plots that could race your heart or make you fall in love and here are ten books to name a few:
1. John Gray Ph.D.’s, Men Are from Mars; Women Are from Venus
This book is one of the highest-selling literature pieces due to the writer’s understanding of the nature of women and how men master their strength in maintaining the relationship. It doesn’t merely focus on the man alone, but for both sexes. The insights of this book are so relatable that many people bought it and read it for themselves after so many great reviews.
2. The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships (David Niven, Ph.D.)
As the title suggests, the book can help you work on yourself for a better future relationship. The book features tips aiming to help people in keeping a relationship longer and stronger. By following what is in the book, people can answer their questions on where they went wrong and why their partners left them.
3. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
In every relationship, there is no doubt that people will come across your way asking “what have you seen in him/her that made you stay that long?” And only you can answer it. This book talks about how someone can express their love to somebody else as well as that unconditional feeling people have for the one they love. There are things that only lovers can understand, and that is the language of love.
4. Chad Stone’s, The Love Magnet Rules: 101 Tips for Meeting, Dating, and Keeping a New Love
Are having a hard time finding that certain someone? If it is, then, it will help you to read this book. It contains a lot of tips on how to find new love and how you can make it last longer.
5. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (Steve Harvey)
For sure, you’ve already heard about Steve Harvey because he is one of the most promising TV and radio personalities in the United States. Despite his fantastic job on TV, he also published a book from the insights of love that he learned. It talks about women; how to be smart as well as how to be understanding to their partners since understanding is the key to a prosperous relationship.
6. First Love Comes, Then Comes Money by Bethany and Scott Palmer
When you first date, you tend to impress the person the best way you can, even if you’re on a tight budget. This book focuses on helping couples who are just too shy to talk about expenses. One cannot deny the fact that in a relationship, you spend money. If you are ready to settle down with your current partner, it might be best for you to start saving. Read this book if you are unsure of how to do it.
7. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships (Leil Lowndes)
This book talks about what you should do if you want to start talking to someone and making a good impression on them. It works for people who are in a relationship, to help it grow stronger and as well single people for them to have a better perspective when entering a relationship.
8. Getting Over Getting Mad at Judy Ford
When you’re in a relationship, fights and arguments are always on the way. If you want to overcome the anger that you feel when you’re fighting with your partner for you to have a long-lasting relationship, then opening this book will be a great suggestion.
9. Mali Apple and Joe Dunn’s – The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships
A relationship enveloped in trust, love, and honesty can undoubtedly last longer. If you are not yet fully committed to your partner and you want to find a way on how to tell him or her everything, then you can read this for good advice.
10. Getting to “I Do”: The Secret to Doing Relationships Right by Dr. Patricia Allen
As people mature, they are now searching for partners whom they can settle with for the rest of their lives. If you are this person who is still unsure of how to make things right with your lover, then reading this book will help you a lot for that current partner to be your lifetime partner.
Reading books is one of the things that I enjoy doing. I make it to the point that I have at least one novel or reading material on my bag wherever I go. That is just how I am. I find comfort in knowing that I can start reading at any time of the day. One of the recent books that I fell in love with is The Tao of Pooh, which was written by Benjamin Hoff.
The book used the fictional characters of the classic Winnie The Pooh story to introduce the concepts and principles of Taoism. It was first published in early 1982. Every page of the book will surely captivate its readers. I have to say that it has become one of my favorite books of all time. Allow me to share the quotes that changed me life:
“Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got.”
We all want to achieve genuine happiness, right? The Tao of Pooh tells us that to make this happen, all we need to do is to practice the art of appreciation. We must notice all the right things we have in our lives. We have to learn how to appreciate ourselves and how far we’ve traveled in this life. Sometimes, we just want to have contentment so we can expect more blessings to come.
“The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
This line struck me the most. Have you noticed how we always keep on complaining that time isn’t enough? We think that twenty-four hours a day are insufficient to do everything we want, Well, maybe it is about time to change the way we think about time. Instead of doing everything all at once, why don’t we start doing the things that matter first? Take note; we can spend time wisely.
“You’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.”
There are times when we experience depression or frustration only because we are not getting what we want. We try our best to change the natural course of life, which is why we often end up getting hurt or finding ourselves broken. The Tao of Pooh reminds us of the fact that things are as they are. We need to be aware that no matter what happens, there are just some things beyond our reach. We need to understand that square pegs will never fit into round holes.
The book is indeed a great treasure. No wonder it has stayed in the New York Times bestseller list for forty-nine straight weeks. The author, Benjamin Hoff, succeed in presenting Taoism to everyone. Your life will undoubtedly change after reading this excellent novel. If you are looking for a new story to read, make sure to include The Tao of Pooh next in line.