I recently considered joining the dark side when it came to reading non-fiction. Thankfully, a couple of blogging friends talked me down and I’ve now rediscovered my passion for reading great non-fiction.
Today I am going to share three quick and easy non-fiction books with you that anyone can enjoy. Like all good non-fiction, these will definitely make you feel smarter and more in control by the time you get to the final page.
Also, as each book only costs about the price of a glass of wine, I recommend that you gather up some loose change and treat yourself. I have found that there is practically no guilt when it comes to investing in future wisdom.
1. The Concise 48 Laws Of Power (by Robert Green; edited by Joost Elffers)
I loved this book from the moment it caught my eye. Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power is a classic of it’s genre and overflows with many deliciously devious strategies to ‘get on top and stay there.’ The full tome is a sizeable 480 pages, but this tidy little edition is a pocket-sized 195 pages. Each chapter is only about three pages in length but the wisdom within will stay with you much longer.
What I like most about this book is the brutal honesty. There is less of a focus on positive, flowery language and more of an emphasis on cold, hard realities. Green uses plenty of material from history, fables and traditional tales to keep the book both thought provoking and fun to read. This is great little book to have in your handbag or back pocket.
2. The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh (compiled and edited by Melvin McLeod)
This book from Shambhala Pocket Classics offers a much different perspective to Robert Green’s offering. Thich Nhat Hanh is a world renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk credited with bringing the mindfulness concept to the Western World. As he is a prolific author, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to reading his work. That is why I was delighted when I came across this book in recent months.
In this edition, Melvin McLeod condenses Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings down to their most basic truths. The end product is a very interesting and insightful read that can only help the reader to develop a small sense of calm in their life. I really enjoyed reading the small chapters of this book over my morning tea to create a sense of calm and perspective going into the day. This is one that I can see myself keeping close to hand so that I can easily revisit it.
3. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra)
Last, but by no means least, I give to you another giant of the non-fiction world in the form of Deepak Chopra. This tiny little book markets itself as ‘a pocketbook guide to fulfilling your dreams’ and ‘one hour of wisdom.’ Basically there are no excuses when it comes to reading this book. You have the time, you have the money and you owe it to yourself!
I love books like this that you can easily sit down and devour in a single sitting. They are perfect when it comes to giving yourself a little boost or that vital kickstart needed to attempt something big.
Chopra presents his teachings here in the form of seven laws:
- The Law of Pure Potentiality
- The Law of Giving and Receiving
- The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect
- The Law of Least Effort
- The Law of Intention and Desire
- The Law of Detachment
- The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life
At only 96 pages, this book probably represents best value for money and time needed to read.
That’s three books for under €20 and packed full of enough wisdom to keep you going until Christmas! Have you any recommendations that I could add to the list?