The Christmas season is the last celebration, you will experience as another year comes. As the year 2020 draws to a close, many of you hope to become better and stronger. Here are some books that you need to read this month that will motivate you to turn your life for the better. 

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

In this 1997 book, Robert Kiyosaki shares a story of his young days in Hawaii. Rich Dad Poor Dad is enriched from the author’s firsthand experience and the education received from his rich dad and poor dad. This book emphasized the different views on money, work, and life. Moreover, the book conveys the many teachings Kiyosaki received from his poor dad, such as empathy and responsibility. Readers can reap financial benefits. This is described as a book that challenges attitudes and changes the way people think about money. This sheds light on the teachings given by the rich to their kids that are often overlooked by poor and middle-class parents. The book is framed mostly on self-reflection and how wealth works. This will change readers’ mindset about money and creating a fortune. 

Going… Going…: Abduction of a Mind by Jack Weaver

Jack Weaver shares the story of a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. This is actually a memoir of his life and his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Readers will follow the fifteen-year journey of the couple along the trails of the progressive disease. Weaver shares an excursion of the disease that is different from any other book you will read. Weaver and his wife, Janey, will take readers to varied destinations including the sunny valleys of hope, swamps of despair, and mountains of happiness. They will make stopovers at vistas of grief and relief. This is a journal that will make any reader laugh and cry at the same time. The couple’s love, faith, and promise to bear all their fears. Readers will find themselves changing how they see their hardest times in life and make the most of anything before it is too late. 

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Published in 2003, Life of Pi follows the story of Pi Patel, a son of a zookeeper. He has a vast knowledge of animal behavior and vehement love of stories. Pi and his family emigrate from India to America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. However, the ship sinks and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat. His companions are a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. After some time, Richard Parker dispatched all but Pi. His fear, knowledge, and cleverness allow him to exist with the tiger for 227 days. When they reached the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker fled to the jungles and was never seen again. Pi was interrogated but the Japanese authorities refuse to believe his story. Many hours later, Pi told a second story, a much less fantastical one and much more conventional. However, no one knows whether it is true or not. Readers will be tested to rethink their beliefs and will come to understand the importance of self-realization. 

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Frankl will tell accounts of life in Nazi death camps and lessons for spiritual survival through this book. He will tell his story from 1942 until 1945 where he was labored in four different camps where his family perished. The book will tell personal experiences of Frankl and others who he treated later in his practice. Frankl argued that no one can avoid suffering, but how one responds to it will be able to find meaning to move forward with a renewed purpose. Readers will find themselves reflecting on their lives. This will make them stop complaining about the things that don’t matter but rather on the purpose of surviving. 

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

One of the renowned books of Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist which was originally published in 1993. This tells the magical story of Santiago who is an Andalusian shepherd boy. This boy yearns to travel to find the extravagant treasures of the world. This modern classic story will teach readers the varied treasures, the wisdom of listening to one’s heart, learning to read omens strewn in one’s life’s path, and, lastly, following one’s dreams. The lessons learned from the book will stay and make a change in every person’s life.