On reading and books

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.

Books have been my company during sad times and happy times. Growing up as an only child in a small town in India, books helped me disappear into worlds far away from my home.

I started with mystery novels-Secret Seven, Famous Fives, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series to novels full of drama and passion-Danielle Steele and Sydney Sheldon series to books on Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Self Help and now to Memoirs and Biographies.

I’ve read as a kid, a teen, and now as an adult, there’s always a book tucked away in my purse. Reading is more than a hobby, it is what lights me up, after a day of work.

Bookshops are my happy place. During the 2020 pandemic, when we had to shelter-in-place, what I missed the most was browsing the aisles of my library and/or the local bookstores.

I’d rather read than scroll, any day.

Here are a few books that changed my perspective of the world and made me a better parent and a better human, perhaps!

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

I’ve always enjoyed writing as a hobby. Recently I’ve taken more interest in writing as I began working with the Documentation team at WordPress. This book is an excellent guide to understand the craft of good writing with practical tips and examples.

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The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger

This book is her memoir and is made of three parts- one part about her trauma, one part about how her body reacts to the trauma. And lastly how she deals with her patients and through them understands her own emotions and heals herself on the path to helping her patients.

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The Everything Store by Brad Stone

When I picked up this book, I expected a lot of business jargon and wasn’t quite sure I will get through the 350 pages. Brad narrated the stories in simple easy to read English. It was quite fascinating to read about the brainchild behind Amazon

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I Am a Girl from Africa by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Rework by Jason Fried

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

An introduction to the KonMari Method, a storage and tidying method advocated by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant.

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The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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