What are the top five books that one must read in their lifetime? And, why?

What are the best five books, you have ever read? Not a series but books. Writing more than five defeats the whole purpose of this question.

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:

Thank you for the A2A.

Here are my top-five choices…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is one book that explains in the most beautiful way about how the journey is always more important than the destination itself.

He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo

Although I’m not one for self-help or relationship guide books, this one is a keeper. I’m yet to come across another book that perfectly describes what goes on inside a guy’s head. It’s a total no-nonsense book and unlike other similar books that have a boring advisory layout, this one’s in the form of a smart conversation that is just such an enjoyable read. Definitely recommended for women of all ages to get to understand men better, and for men of all ages for a chuckle and to heave a sigh of relief that finally somebody spat it out! 🙂

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran was a genius no less. And ‘The Prophet’ is truly his masterpiece. Prose poetry is something that has always fascinated me and the way Gibran has played around with the words to bring out his philosophy is a sight to behold. ‘The Prophet’ is as beautiful as a painting.

The Mahabharata by Ved Vyas

This is one book that I am personally very attached to. I got my first copy at the tender age of 7 and I loved every page. In no other Indian work would you find the depth and the richness that the Mahabharata has. Although set in a time centuries ago, it is amazing how so much of it is relevant even in today’s day and age.

Chicken Soup for The Soul (series) by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen

A bunch of inspirational stories by very normal people. People like you and me. That’s what makes these books so popular and so endearing. I have often been left with a smile lingering on my lips for a long time after I finished one of these 🙂 Oh, and thanks to the customized options, they make perfect gifts too!

What are the top five books that one must read in their lifetime? And, why?


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