The best books I’ve read this year 2015
It is already the end of the year, and I just finished reading another book. It was a busy year for me, so I couldn’t read more than 15 books (for the whole list, visit this link). I chose the best 5 books among them that you may like to start your new year with … Enjoy!
WHY SCIENCE IS WRONG…: About Almost Everything By Alex Tsakiris
The title of this book was intriguing enough for me to check it immediately and buy it from Amazon, right after reading the short review Bill Gates wrote about it. Since the first pages, you will realize the book isn’t about all kind of science, it rather focuses on life and consciousness. In explaining his title, Tsakiris says: “Science is wrong because it assumes your consciousness (i.e. your mind… your awareness… the voice inside your head) is an illusion— and it’s not!”. He discusses quantum physics, materialist science, modern scientific worldview, even psychic phenomenon, and he claims that consciousness is not meaningless so that scientists should pay more attention to it.
Every single page of this book will make you think deeper about the whole existence. This is exactly the kind of books I love; full of unanswered questions that hunt any curious mind like: When do we know what we know? What is a human being? Are we biological robots? What is the meaning of life? And how do we measure its meaning? Why do we love? Why do we care? Why do we do anything if we are going to die? If you are a great ideas lover and meaning seeker, then you will absolutely love this book.
The Canadian journalist from Palestinian descent tells the story of her own experience in the middle east where she lived in a refugee camp during her childhood, then as a foreign correspondent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Reading this memoir, kept me in a state of confused emotions: missing my friend (who gave me this book as a gift), yearning for those peaceful cold nights in Ottawa, and facing the painful reality about my Arab world … It was like watching all the Arab conflicts and wars from my balcony. This memoir can be painful and sad, sometimes depressing. But it is also a touchy book. Nahlah was able to make me feel her sorrow. She didn’t make me imagine those -real- stories, but live them in reality while I am so far from where they took place. That’s what we expect from a good journalist. I recommend this book for all real story hunters.
Lunch with Charlotte By Leon Berger
This is another true story about difficult times in war and conflicts but in different epoch and a different region. Charlotte Berger (a Jewish) was born in Vienna right after the first world war to witness the second world war and the Nazi invasion before escaping to England where her father and uncle were, then to move alone to Canada where she gets married and lives the rest of her life. This biography was written by Leon Berger who had lunch with Charlotte every Friday for 25 years. Every time they meet, she tells him more about her life that was full of events. Some are simple, others are horrific. The author described all the details in a wonderful manner. I won’t give any details to not spoil the story. This is a breath taking book, that kept me awake late every night, turning page after page, to know more about how horrible life was during those dark times.
This book is also based on true events, but it is neither a memoir nor a biography. The author is a physician specializing in palliative care who witnessed many of his patients’ personal tragedies and death. From his experience, he wrote a book about the power of emotional healing from hanging on to old resentment and grievance. He tells many stories of people who followed his advice to say the four simple but important sentences before it is too late. Those phrases are: “Please forgive me,” “I forgive you,” “Thank you,” and “I love you“. When I picked up this book from the library, I was planning to read only the first chapters about forgiveness, as a part of my research. But once I started the reading I couldn’t stop, and I found myself coming home from the lab very early, just to spend the evening on the couch, drinking my tea and turning the pages. I spent a whole weekend doing nothing but reading every single story and putting myself in those people shoes. I recommend this book a lot for those who have old resentment and can’t let go of their bad moments. It may be a life changing book for you.
The 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene
If you look for the book on Goodreads, you find the following short description: “amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages.” Robert Greene has many other books of this kind, like “
The 33 Strategies of War“, and “The Art of Seduction“. As this book is one of the most recommended and famous books, I am not going to say much about it. It is a must read for all the amazing life strategies it provides. And if you don’t have enough time to pick up the book and read it, then you can simply listen to the audiobook version – as I did – read by Don Leslie. He has a wonderful strong voice that added a meaningful charm to the book. Give it a try…