Few people in search of the meaning of life have not read this international best selling phenomenon.
The book won the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.
A short story with long lasting impacts.
A brief but thorough history of philosophy. A good starting point for those who are, for the first time, in search of the meaning of life. Good for soul searching, albeit a bit heavy.
The Selfish Gene
I have not been as much addicted to a book as this one since reading Jin Yong’s novels as a boy. Its 330 pages were finished in 3 days.
It is such a crucial step stone in any attempt to understand the meaning of life that I can not over emphasize it. It is arguably plain pointless to discuss the topic of “soul searching” with anybody who has not read it.
If I was stranded on an island and allowed one book, “The Selfish Gene” would definitely be among the top contestants.
NOTE: Make sure you read the 30th anniversary edition of the book which is more complete with notes.
The Art of Travel
byAlain de Botton
A witty book that looks at why people travel and much more. I wish I had read this book before doing much of my travelling, the experience would have been enhanced significantly if I had done that.
“If our life is dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest – in all its ardour and paradoxes – than our travels”
“Journeys are the midwives of thought”
“A danger of travel is that we may see things at the wrong time, before we have had an opportunity to build up the necessary receptivity, so that new information is as useless and fugitive as necklace beads without a connecting chain.”
See how one of the most successful business leader in Japan looks at life. Good for soul searching as well as corporate/business.
The Art of Learning
Presumably, you will be learning a lot of new things now you have all the time in the world! Suggest to read this book soon after quitting in order to improve your learning techniques.
燃灯者 – 忆周辅成
I was only able to understand 20% of the content, but an extensive list of other books were mentioned in this one, which gave a good road map for those who are interested to understand life’s true meaning:
26. 《山打根八号娼馆 – 底层女性史序章》，山崎朋子
28. 《法兰克福学派史》，杰伊 盖