Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Five top books to build mental resilience

Matt Haig is an author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit and is translated in over 40 languages. It is being made into a film by Studio Canal and The Guardian called it an ‘instant classic’. His novels for adults include the award-winning How To Stop Time, The Radleys and The Humans.

Haig's new book is The Midnight Library.

At the Guardian he tagged five books that helped him to build mental resilience, including:
Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha is the story of a man’s spiritual awakening at the time of the Gautama Buddha, but also serves as a guide to life. First published in 1922, it was translated into English in 1951 and became a countercultural classic among hippies in the 60s. It is full of wise nuggets on the themes of spirituality and acceptance: “I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
Read about the other entries on the list.

Siddhartha is among Jason Segel's six favorite books, Linus Roache's six best books, and Robert Irwin's top ten quest narratives.

--Marshal Zeringue