I’ve been asked a few times to share some books that I like. Now, it is worth noting that 75% of the books I read are probably worthless to most people reading this – either they are too juvenile, too action-packed, or just the fact that they are fiction. I’ve kept all of these factors in mind while making this carefully tailored list.

Yeah, right. Most of these books are just ones that I read recently.

But this list is an attempt at doing what I said above, albeit considering a lot fewer factors than that. There’s a book for everybody, so read on and take a look! 

Oh, and I should probably mention that these books are in no particular order. 

1. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

This is my all-time favorite novel. It has everything from action to thought-provoking ideas. The book is mostly about racism but also has other valuable lessons sprinkled into it. I’d love to know your interpretation of this one; comment your thoughts if you’ve read it (or are reading it).

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

One of the best books I’ve read, second to only TKAM. You’ll have to look extremely hard for spiritual teachings in this book, but HG2G does deliver them, mostly in the form of jokes. A careful reader will also notice the teachings delivered in the form of careful satire of the foolish things humans do. I’ll leave you to find out more yourself!

3. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut 

This one is slightly on the darker side. It is a satirical novel that invents a whole new religion called Bokononism. The principles of Bokononism are founded on foma or “harmless untruths”. The concepts of Bokononism are all lies, but the religion states that believing these lies also gives one peace of mind and the ability to live a good life (the religion then provides a whole lot of nonsense in the form of calypsos). 

4. White Fang, Jack London

This book shows us several valuable things that we can learn from dogs and wolves. White Fang’s commitment to be loyal no matter how he was treated was an inspiring feature of the book. This book also shows that animals like love just as much as humans do, perhaps more.

5. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

How is this spiritual? I have no idea. I just inserted it here because five seems like a nice round number. Well, read it anyway. It’s a riveting mystery that you will 100% not be able to guess. If you manage to guess who did it and how they did it, feel free to brag about it for the next 50 years. 

Do tell me your opinions of these books in the comments!

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