1. Mitch Albom "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"
This is my all time favorite book I keep going back to, my best friend once recommended it to me. It's this beautiful story about an old war veteran, who goes in heaven after his death and meets all the people who affected him in his lifetime or other way around in any way, even if it was just the glimpse of an eye. It actually opened my eyes to how much we affect or influence each other, a stranger can become a big part of your life in a matter of a second. The smallest thing you do, can change someone whole world. It's really worth to read, such a beautiful story!
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer.
In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"
2. Osho "Creativity:Unleashing the Forces Within"
Osho is an author I have admired since my mum first introduced me to his books. He writes about everything, life in different aspects. The very straightforward truth behind why we are what we are, and do what we do. His books are so sincere and honest. This one about creativity teaches you quite something you maybe didn't know about yourself.
As Osho points out in the foreward to this book, historically, the creative person has been all but forced to rebel against the society.
But nowadays, the situation has dramatically changed. In today's world, the ability to respond creatively to new challenges is demanded of everybody, from corporate CEOs to "soccer moms." Those whose toolbox for dealing with life includes only what they have learned in the past from their parents and their teachers are at a distinct disadvantage both in their relationships and in their careers. Making a switch from imitative and rule-bound behavior to creative innovation and flexibility requires a profound change in our attitudes about ourselves and our capabilities.
Creativity is a handbook for those who understand the need to bring more creativity, playfulness, and flexibility to their lives. It's a manual for thinking "outside the box"-and learning to live there as well.
3. Robin Sharma "The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart's Desires"
This book is so brilliant, it tells a story about how different people are and how that's the biggest gift we're given. We just need to know how to make it work for ourselves.
Once in a while, a book comes along that has the power and the wisdom to speak to the best part of us and awaken our highest selves to the miracle our lives were meant to be. In this truly unforgettable guide, Robin Sharma, author of the national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and a man whose life lessons are currently transforming the lives of many thousands of people across the planet, will show you how to access your inner gifts and reshape your whole outer life in the process. With brilliant simplicity and remarkable insight, The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO will teach you:
• How to stop betraying your self and live your destiny
• Simple ways to feel a rare amount of fulfillment and joy in your days
• How to reconnect to your inner child like heart for a more passion-filled life
• Lessons to conquer stress, balance life, and feel good about yourself
• A proven process that will revolutionize your relationships and fill your life with love
• How to restore adventure, simplicity, and prosperity into your life
• Powerful principles to become strikingly successful at work
• Practical wisdom to help see a gorgeous vision for your future and then make it a reality
4. Richard Corson "Fashions in Makeup: From Ancient to Modern Times"
You'd be surprised how much there is to know about the history of make-up and it's super interesting. This book takes you through all of it, from ancient greek to egyptians to 20th century. Did you know that people used to use their own urine as a facial luxury. It's like a whole another science and if you love make-up, you'll love this book so very much.
Fashions in Makeup is a unique book in its field: a comprehensive history of cosmetics. In this highly praised volume, Richard Corson chronicles the pursuit of beauty from Ancient Egypt to the present day. Concentrating mainly on makeup traditions of the Western world, with examples from other countries included for comparison, Corson describes the cosmetics with which men and women have decorated their faces, how they have applied them, and what they looked like as a result.
5. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry "The Little Prince"
This book moves me to tears every time. It's this tiny children's book and it tells the story about the inner child in all of us, and how it fades away with age. It's the most beautiful story. Also, if you haven't seen the movie that came out just recently I strongly suggest, prepare yourself to be in tears and laughter at the same time.
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
Goodreads (2016) Available at: http://www.goodreads.com/ (Accessed: 11 April 2016).