I bought nine books in total during 2021-22 and with truest honesty completed only six of them, of which I loved just five! Well, the impact that book reading creates on our lives can not be under-mined. But just like a human, it isn’t necessary that we resonate with every book we pick. Some parts way, mid-way and some stay forever with us. In the course of reading these literary geniuses,  I did realize that as a reader I treat books as another human.  Reading surely widen our intellectual horizon or enhances effective thinking OR let’s say, increases our knowledge about the given subject matter, but our brain starts working out! LEGIT, working out! So does human relations. Right?

Reading is clearly the best way to interact and intersect the outside world with our deepest mental stimulation”

The 5 books that defines my 2022 and the ones I strongly recommend to read, if you haven’t yet are : 

  1. IKIGAI by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

I have been refering to this book as a self-help guide since 2021. Extremely powerful story tellers, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, has created a master piece in the form of this book. “Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai.” From nurturing friendships, eating light, getting enough rest, and doing regular, moderate exercise to celebrating each new day is a life-defining essence, which you will contemplate on adopting as you delve deeper into this book. Their another book “Ichigo Ichie” is all about the art of making the most of every moment, the Japanese way, because every moment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and happens just once.

photo by Shreesha Bhat

2. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow is one of the best psychology books ever published. The life work of Nobel-prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, it outlines, the ways in which humans fool themselves. It was deep and heavy duty, to be honest. Reminding me of my uni-days when psychology as a subject was all about the subjects (people) in our lives. This book brilliantly showcases how there are two systems working simultaneously inside of our brain, constantly fighting over control of our behavior and action. If you have the time, energy and interest to see through the complex psyche of human and why do they behave the way they do, read this one.

Photo by Monica Sauro

3. ATOMIC HABIT by James Clear

I am still reading this one and already know that this is going to be my go-to guide in 2023 and beyond. James Clear has clearly done a fabulous work in this groundbreaking piece, revealing exactly how minuscule changes can grow into a life-altering outcomes. Super simple life hacks, cutting edge neuroscience to back the stance of WHYs of our habit building patterns. I have borrowed this book from my brother-in-law and I can’t thank him enough, this book is just toooo good!

Burning the mid-night candle, reading this one


4. THINK LIKE A MONK by Jay Shetty

Three-quarters of the way through Jay Shetty‘s debut book “Think Like A Monk”, I was trying to figure out why he titled his book so. He is evidently not preachy and that’s made even his podcast “On Purpose” one of the most popular podcast to listen to. A step by step guide to build mind-power and shift focus from self-image to self-esteem, freeing one from the hypnosis of social conditioning and becoming an architect of our own lives. I loved it.

When I had a crush on Jay and wanted to check, how we look together! 😉

5. BE  A TRIANGLE by Lilly Singh

With her signature blend of vulnerability, insight and humor, Lilly Singh manages to articulate brilliantly, the harsh truth that life sucks at time, no matter who you are. What I love about this book is, I felt as if Lilly was sitting right next to me while speaking her mind and sharing her luminescent perspectives about the world, inside of her and out. Like a wise, empathetic friend who always keeps you honest, Singh pushes you to adjust your mindset and change the internal dialogue.

Lilly with her book, when she announced it in November 2021

While I am still reading Atomic Habits, like every year I gifted myself a new book this Christmas too. My own little tradition : a book in Christmas by me, for me to start reading it in the brand new year!

Probably the best way to start 2023

This time it is “The Things You See Only When You Slow Down” by Haemin Sunim. I am very excited to start off as I have heard so much about this one. Did you get a chance to read this book? How is it? Do let me know!


Until then,

Obrigada Amigas! 🙂

Puja Mj

A corporate trainer by the day. A slow fashion campaigner, social media creator and a mindful lifestyle blogger by moonlight. Through her work in advocacy and environmentalism with non-profits like the Slow Fashion Movement and Remake, she has lead multiple campaigns in the landscape of sustainable and ethical fashion, establishing a robust outreach program for the global slow fashion community.