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1. The Pilgrimage
The Pilgrimage was published in 1987 and this novel was written by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho.
It is a recollection of Paulo’s experiences as he made his way across northern Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
The novel serves as a part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery.
The story begins in 1986 when Coelho undertakes his initiation into the order Regnus Agnus Mundi (RAM), which he subsequently fails.
He is then told that he must embark on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago to find the sword that is the symbol of his acceptance into the ranks of RAM. He must do this to gain insight into the simplicity of life.
The journey transforms him as he learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life.
He begins his journey with a guide, also a member of RAM, who goes by the alias Petrus.
During the journey, Petrus shows him meditation exercises and introduces him to some of the more down-to-earth elements of Western mystical thought and philosophy, and teaches him about love and its forms: agape, philia, and eros.
Shantaram is a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict escapes from Pentridge Prison and flees to India.
The novel is commended by many for its vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Bombay.
The novel is reportedly influenced by real events in the life of the author, though some claims made by Roberts are contested by others involved in the story.
In 1978, Roberts was sentenced to 19-year imprisonment in Australia after being convicted of a series of armed robberies of building society branches, credit unions, and shops.
In July 1980, he escaped from Victoria’s Pentridge Prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia’s most wanted men for the next ten years.
3. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a self-help book by Robin Sharma, a writer, and motivational speaker.
The book is a business fable derived from Sharma’s personal experiences after leaving his career as a litigation lawyer at the age of 25.
Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy.
A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life.
On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to:
Develop Joyful Thoughts, Follow Our Life’s Mission and Calling, Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously, Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity, Nourish Our Relationships and Live Fully, One Day at a Time.
4. The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. This novel was published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan.
The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.
It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
5. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is the 2012 memoir by the American writer, author, and podcaster Cheryl Strayed.
The memoir describes Strayed’s 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995 as a journey of self-discovery.
The book reached No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list and was the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.
The film adaptation was released in December 2014 and stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed.
Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life.
With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.
The book, Hesse’s ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s.
Hesse dedicated the first part of it to Romain Rolland and the second part to Wilhelm Gundert, his cousin.
The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (what was searched for), which together means “he who has found meaning (of existence)” or “he who has attained his goals”.
In fact, the Buddha’s own name, before his renunciation, was Siddhartha Gautama, Prince of Kapilavastu. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as “Gotama”.
Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers.
In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment.
Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for true meaning.
7. The Little Prince
The Little Prince is a novel by French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
It was first published in English and French in the US by Reynal & Hitchcock in April 1943, and posthumously in France following the liberation of France as Saint-Exupéry’s works had been banned by the Vichy Regime.
The story follows a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.
Despite its style as a children’s book, The Little Prince makes observations about life and human nature.
The narrator begins with a discussion on the nature of grown-ups and their inability to perceive especially important things.
As a test to determine if a grown-up is enlightened and like a child, he shows them a picture that he drew at the age of 6 depicting a snake which has eaten an elephant.
The grown-ups always reply that the picture depicts a hat, and so he knows to talk of “reasonable” things to them, rather than fanciful.
The narrator becomes a pilot, and, one day, his plane crashes in the Sahara, far from civilization. He has 8 days of water supply and must fix his airplane to be saved.
In the middle of the desert, the narrator is unexpectedly greeted by a young boy who is nicknamed as “the little prince”.
The prince has golden hair, a lovable laugh, and will repeat questions until they are answered.
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude is a landmark 1967 novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez.
That tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founded the (fictitious) town of Macondo, Colombia.
The novel is often cited as one of the supreme achievements in literature.
The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as “magical realism
9. Journal of a Solitude
“I am here alone for the first time in weeks,” May Sarton begins this book, “to take up my ‘real’ life again at last.
That is what is strange-that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore what is happening or what has happened.”
In this journal, she says, “I hope to break through into the rough, rocky depths, to the matrix itself.
There is violence there and anger never resolved. My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there.”
In this book, we are closer to the marrow than ever before in May Sarton’s writing.
10. Tuesdays with Morrie
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient, and wise.
who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life.
Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college.
Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.
11. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1984 novel by Milan Kundera, about two women, two men, a dog and their lives in the 1968 Prague Spring period of Czechoslovak history.
Although written in 1982, the novel was not published until two years later, in a French translation.
12. All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See is a war novel written by American author Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner on May 6, 2014.
It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and 2015, Andrew Carnegie Medal, for Excellence in Fiction.
13. All These Wonders
The Moth Presents: All These Wonders. True Stories About Facing the Unknown is a 2017 collection of stories from the radio program The Moth.
Edited by the show’s artistic director Catherine Burns on the 20th anniversary of the show’s 1997 founding.
14. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach and illustrated by Russell Munson, is a fable in novella form about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection.
Bach wrote it as a series of short stories that were published in Flying magazine in the late 1960s.
15. Sophie’s World
Sophie’s World is a 1991 novel by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder. It follows Sophie Amundsen, a Norwegian teenager who is introduced to the history of philosophy by Alberto Knox, a middle-aged philosopher.
Sophie’s World became a best-seller in Norway and won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1994.
16. The Book of Mirdad
The Book of Mirdad is an allegorical book of philosophy by Lebanese author Mikha’il Na’ima.
The book was first published in Lebanon in 1948 and was initially written in English, with Na’ima later translating it into Arabic.
17. The Celestine Prophecy
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure is a 1993 novel by James Redfield that discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas rooted in multiple ancient Eastern traditions and New Age spirituality.
18. The Prophet
The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran.
It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran’s best-known work.
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon.
Its title refers to an observation by the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 short story “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”.
20. The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a 2003 novel by Mitch Albom. It follows the life and death of a man named Eddie who is killed and sent to heaven.
Where he encounters five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive.
21. Life of Pi
Life of Pi is a Canadian philosophical novel by Yann Martel published in 2001.
The protagonist is Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian Tamil boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and metaphysics from an early age.
22. Into the Wild
Into the Wild is a 1996 non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It is an expansion of a 9,000-word article by Krakauer on Chris McCandless.
Titled “Death of an Innocent”, which appeared in the January 1993 issue of Outside.
23. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is a book by Robert M. Pirsig first published in 1974.
It is a work of fictionalized autobiography, and is the first of Pirsig’s texts in which he explores his “Metaphysics of Quality”.
24. Pillars of Salt
Pillars of Salt is the story of two women confined in a mental hospital in Jordan during and after the British Mandate.
After initial tensions they become friends and share their life stories.
25. The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind is a 2001 novel by the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón and a worldwide bestseller.
The book was translated into English in 2004 by Lucia Graves and sold over a million copies in the UK after already achieving success on mainland Europe, topping the Spanish bestseller lists for weeks.
26. The Book of Speculation
A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmother’s name. What is the book’s connection to his family?
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea.
His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother.
Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history before fate deals its next deadly hand.
The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler’s gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
27. A Smile in the Mind’s Eye
The “virtuoso” author’s memoir of his spiritual journey with famed Taoist philosopher Jolan Chang (The New York Times).
Beginning with their first meeting over lunch at Lawrence Durrell’s Provencal home, Durrell and Jolan Chang—renowned Taoist philosopher and expert on Eastern sexuality—developed an enduring relationship based on mutual spiritual exploration.
Durrell’s autobiographical rumination on their friendship and on Taoism recounts the author’s existential ponderings, starting with his introduction to the mystical and enigmatic “smile in the mind’s eye.”
From parsimony, cooking, and yoga to poetry, Petrarch, and Nietzche, A Smile in the Mind’s Eye is a charming tale of a writer’s spiritual and philosophical awakening.
28. White Fang
White Fang is a novel by American author Jack London — and the name of the book’s eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906.
27. Midaq Alley
Midaq Alley is the English Translation of Zuqāq al-Midaq by Naguib Mahfouz, released in English in 1966.
The story is about Midaq Alley in Khan el-Khalili, a teeming back street in Cairo which is a microcosm of the world.
28. Fairy Tales and Stories
This book contains the complete Andersen’s fairy tales and stories in audiobook and hardcopy format.
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales, a literary genre he so mastered that he himself has become as mythical as the tales he wrote.
Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children; his stories – called eventyrs, or “fantastic tales” – express themes that transcend age and nationality.
“. . . Alburquerque portrays a quest for knowledge. . . It is a novel about many cultures intersecting at an urban, power-, and politics-filled crossroads, represented by a powerful white businessman, whose mother just happens to be a Jew who has hidden her Jewishness, . . . and a boy from the barrio who fathers a child raised in the barrio but who eventually goes on to a triumphant assertion of his cross-cultural self.”–World Literature Today.
30. Urien’s Voyage
Urien’s Voyage is an allegorical account of a sea voyage. From the stagnant, teeming waters of the Sargasso to the frozen Arctic, Gide charts in prose the fantastic journey of the Orion and the sexual and moral transformations of those aboard.
The temptations, suffering, and surroundings of Urien and his companions are described with an extraordinary profusion of detail, yet the pilgrims can never be sure of the reality of their experiences