For a feel-good story that'll have you ready to go on an adventure of your own, be sure to read Eat, Pray, Love written by Elizabeth Gilbert. After a bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair, Elizabeth realises she needs to embark on a journey in search of three things she has been missing in her life: pleasure, devotion and balance. She travels to Rome, Italy, where she learns Italian and gains 25 pounds. Then she goes to an ashram in India, where she discovers that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor. And lastly, she heads to Bali, where an old toothless medicine man offers her a new path to peace. Slowly, through her experiences and lessons, happiness begins to creep up on her. This is an inspirational must for all!
Enjoy reading tales about big life changes, moving realisations, exciting travel adventures and inspiring philosophical teachings? Then be sure to read Robin Sharma's The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. The title tells the story of a high-profile lawyer, Julian, who makes the big decision to leave his career after having a heart attack, to search for a bigger and more profound meaning in life. The story is told through the words of Julian's former colleague, who contacts Julian after he returns from his life changing adventure – travelling abroad and living with monks in the Himalayas.
During these times, we need something inspiring and uplifting to keep our minds off of all the uncertainty going on around us, which is why Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is another must-read you need to add to your bookshelf (or e-book collection). Siddhartha is a novel that centres around the spiritual journey and self-discovery of a wealthy Indian man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. He gives up all of his material possessions in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment and knowledge. He also meets many different people along the way, who teach him meaningful life lessons that contribute to his own personal growth.
A book that’s similar to The Alchemist is The Pilgrimage, written by Paulo Coelho. It follows the true events of how Coelho walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain as part of his initiation process to a Catholic sect. This thought-provoking story takes you on a journey of self-knowledge, wisdom, meditation and spiritual mastery. It combines the elements of travel as well as the physical and mental challenges that play a role in the self-discovery process. Readers will see beyond ordinary and into the remarkable with this enchanting and inspiring read.
You might have watched the movie, but have you actually read the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel? If not, you're definitely missing out on an absolute must for your collection! The story follows a young boy named Pi, whose father owns a zoo in India. Pi's father decides they will immigrate to Canada. So, they pack up their lives and board a ship along with all the animals from the zoo. But, tragedy ensues – they become shipwrecked. Pi manages to survive on a small lifeboat that he shares with a few of the animals from the zoo. The story focuses on Pi’s experiences on his lifeboat in the middle of the ocean and how he manages to make it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a modern classic that you definitely need to read at least once in your lifetime. It's definitely one that'll leave you feeling inspired and mindful. The thought-provoking novel tells the magical tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, who dreams to travel far and wide in search of treasures that are far more extravagant than any other ever found. One day, he decides to follow his dreams and his heart, and travels to distant lands, where he meets interesting people and finds wisdom that's life-changing. This story is full of spirituality, magical realism and folklore that you need to experience.
Looking for more titles to add to your reading list? Take a look at our list of suggested Classics To Read During The Lockdown.