Let me just start by saying I can read mushy and clichéd love stories all day long and still won’t be bored of the genre. I am a true romantic at heart and love to read stories of people hopelessly falling in love. I know, ideally, a topic like this, should include books that lift one’s spirit and makes them happy, don’t worry I have a few of those as well.
Do I own a Bookshelf?
A fellow reader once asked whether I am pro-kindle or anti-kindle. I am pro-reading but books that are tangible and I can feel the warmth with my hands will always have a special place in my heart. To be honest, I don’t have a dedicated personalized shelf for my books, I have a dream of having one once I own the house (fingers crossed, hopefully, this dream will be fulfilled this year). I have a cupboard which is almost full of my books.
How many books do I have?
I swear, I never counted how many books I have, however, just a rough guess it might be 100+ and the treasure keeps growing almost every month. I haven’t read all the books that I own but I have a feeling one day I will. If it’s of romantic or a thriller then that’s going to be my first pick out of the lot. So, it is safe to say I have read all the books of this genre that are kept safely in my cupboard and I keep revisiting those whenever I feel a little dull or out of love. Peace of mind is often a product of a simple cognitive pattern: you see what you think about, and you think about what you see. Happy in, happy out.
Here is the list of Books that I absolutely love from my bookshelf and it brings an instant smile on my face if I see someone even discussing these:
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I had to read this book because everyone kept recommending it and it is so popular that it is almost impossible to not read it. The book is a real story. It is a short journal from the time when the writer went traveling to three different countries in pursuit of different things.
Elizabeth was not happy in her life, she wasn’t happy in her marriage. She suffered a terrible divorce and terrible breakup soon after, which shattered her mentally. She didn’t know where to go and what to do, all she knew was that she wanted to go away somewhere far. She decides to go on a weird adventure. She decides to go to three countries in a year and see if she can find out what she was looking for in life. This book is about that life-changing journey that she takes for one whole year.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
Told you, my choices of books will more than often have love in the core of every story and my bookshelf is filled with books from this genre. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love, well, that’s the challenge. The Five Love Languages is easy to read, relatively short and provides examples and exercises that may be useful to readers.
The book highlights that the actions we may take to show our love to our partner are not necessarily received as intended, reminding the reader that people experience the world differently. This can be an important concept when trying to understand our partners’ needs and feelings.
The Other side of the midnight by Sidney Sheldon
This book has to be on the list of my favorites from my bookshelf because this was my first step towards the magical world of books. I never read a book like this before wherein a female protagonist has so much control over the story and I fell for this author’s writing head over heels.
This heroic fiction is a story of two women born far away from each other but linked closely by fate. One of them being the most beautiful, powerful and wild women named Noelle Page and the other being the smart and brainy who is unaware of the mysteries beauty beholds, named Catherine Alexander. One of the great things about this book is the drama and theme of it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A little confession before I start writing about this choice of mine, this is the only book I have read of this author. I read it almost a decade back and it still remains in the top shelf of my cupboard. I read it somewhere on the internet, that it was translated in the English language back in 1993 and has already been published in whooping 56 languages.
The story is written in a simple and easy way that readers find relaxing to read. A wonderful adventure of Santiago, a young Spanish shepherd who was convinced that his recurring dream had prophetic meaning. Motivated with the idea, he set foot on a journey to a Romani place to find his purpose. I absolutely love the quote “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”, and this has become the main theme of the book.
Hope you have enjoyed reading my favorite books from the bookshelf that makes me happy. If you did then don’t forget to drop a comment and let me know your favorite one from this list.
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Such a happy post. Books in general make you happy no 🙂 My book shelf is right opposite my desk so whenever I feel down, I just look up and the sight of books is such a soothing balm.
Hola from a fellow booklover! I love my bookshelf and now I miss it as we live away.
I love Alchemist one too and it has been my favourite since the day I read it.
The other side is one of my favourites too. I still have my old tattered copy of it. The Alchemist is something I’ve had on bookshelf since college. One more book i highly recommend is Sapiens. It will def make it to your favourites list. 🙂
Now that’s what you call a collection buddy. I have read all four of them and this could relate so much from your picks
Thanks for sharing about your favorite books. Alchemist is one of my favorites too. I own a few books too mostly from thriller and sci-fi genre and I too hope to get a bookshelf soon for myself.
Know what, apart from Gary Chapman’s book I have all the other three too. Eat Pray Love is one of my favorites. Other two have been on my bookshelf since I was in college.
you have mentioned some lovely books. I also have a few books that always make me happy. I like The Alchemist from this list.
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I love two of the four books you have mentioned here which means we have similar taste! I will read the other two as well.
I have read and totally loved The Other Side of Midnight and The alchemist. Though I am not much a reader but like reading whenever i get time.
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This post made me realise we are so much alike. I too love reading the paperbacks due to the touch and feel of it. At one point I had over 100 books but now due to space crunch and shifting homes, have got just a few. My favorite are box sets of GOT & Fifty shades of grey 😉 Love reading Dan brown, Sydney, and many more.
The 5 love languages book sounds like something I would enjoy reading during the weekends!
Sidney Sheldon is the only author I used to get her books and read a lot..Your list is definitely a perfect one to be happy!!
I loved the list. I want to read Alchemist and The 5 love languages too. Thanks for sharing dear?
I love happy books, books that you just dont want to put down. I am definitely getting a copy of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I like the list. 5 languages of love was recommended by one of my friends before my wedding and am glad she did.
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I have owned a shelf in the past but now with little one around to tear my books, i have switched to kindle.
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Thanks for sharing this list, very helpful, will give them a read.
I have however read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.. 🙂
Sorry to hurt all the sidney sheldon lovers but I never read her books… Don’t know why… But just because all were reading I never felt the necessity to read…
These are my favourites too. Great list of books. Eat pray love is a classic
Oh i loved that list. Sidny Sheldon used to be the only author i knew in my teenage. I was never a novel/fiction reader.. Its only recently i started reading these stories