Today is World Book Day. It’s a special day for me because it’s a time to celebrate books, authors and, of course, reading. About 100 countries take part in World Book Day each year. As you’ve probably guessed, I love books and also reading them…especially the traditional type.
I believe I’m like most of you in that regard, according to the New York Times; I read more printed books than e-books. For me, it’s the immersion factor that grabs me. I can entirely lose myself in a well-written book when it’s spread wide open in front of me, instead of scrolling through soft copy on one of my tablet screens. I also cherish the odor of paper and printers’ ink, as well as the physical weight and texture of a hardcover. What’s more, flipping through pages is fascinatingly symbolic of opening new doors with each turn.
So, yeah, I love books. That’s why, today, I’m sharing with you my seven favorite books for the past 12 months, ranging from business to fantasy. Sorry for disappointing all you thriller fans. I’ll share the Amazon links, so you can check them out yourself. Here goes:
CANDIDE, by Voltaire: A classic piece of satirical work, penned by a truly great author and which has stood the test of time. Find it here.
MADAME BOVARY, by Flaubert: Another centuries-old novel, Madame Bovary was written in 1856 by French writer Gustave Flaubert. Find it here.
MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN, by Flaubert: Yes, I might seem a bit biased to French writers but this is another great work of art by Flaubert. Get it here.
SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU, by Cal Newport: Is life about loving what you do or doing what you love? Cal Newport explains. Here’s the link.
HOW TO GET RICH, by Felix Dennis: Everyone wants to know how to get rich. Felix Dennis shares his secret. Get it here.
CONTENT MACHINE, by Dan Norris: For those of you who want to excel at content marketing, this is worth a read. Check it out here.
THE SELL, by Fredrik Eklund: Simply put, this is about finding success through, well, selling. Here’s the link.
Alright, I have a confession. I originally read the first three books on the list when I was only 14 years-old. But I couldn’t not include them in my first ever top-books list! Plus, they are three masterpieces, so there! If you’re not much into reading but still want to celebrate World Book Day, I would suggest watching a film that was adapted from a novel. There are so many – Bridget Jones, The Devil Wears Prada, and many more, so take your pick. Happy reading (or watching)!