The 'Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle: A recommended read for someone who wants to learn to live in the 'now'. Every paragraph you read would be a step closer to living a less stressful and a more meaningful life.
Very Short Introductions: Book Series by Oxford University Press
What I really like about the books is that I often get introduced to something new from online articles, but a 300-500 page book on the topic is too much. These books are 120-180 page and each page is quite small.
There are almost 500 books in this series, and each one is written by an expert in the field with the objective of being thought-provoking and balanced. All sorts of topics are covered, including science, social science, sports, music, literature, sexuality, poetry and on and on.
I've already read the books on Brain and Robotics, and I'm currently reading Memory, Spirituality, and Anthropology. Apart from Robotics, I liked all the other ones so far.
I've also recommended the book series to 5 friends so far, and each one has said that they love it. And in any group of 10 people, I find that at least one person has been looking for something of this sort.
Reading challenges on Goodreads (or maybe one of the Facebook Groups) are a good way to find time to read more than what you otherwise would. For the uninitiated, these reading challenges come in the form of resolving to read at least 12 or 24 books (or even up to 48 for the more voracious readers!) in the year, and as with most new year resolutions, are easy to let go of without a community support.
If you took up a reading challenge earlier this year, we would love to hear about how many books you planned to read and what has the progress been so far. With a little over a quarter of the year left, I'm sure we can get through our challenges by motivating each other here. :)
If you've already finished your challenge, we would love to hear about it - what all books you read (so far), and a line or two about the ones you liked the best!