• Saptadeepa Bandopadhyay

Happiness Rewind: Books read in 2018

Updated: Jul 13

Looking back in time, I remember the child in me always wanted to reach the railway station before time to explore some bookstalls there, look into so many colourful book covers and imprinting the best ones into my mind because I could not have them all then. If not a book, I convinced my mother to buy me at least the Champak (Indian Kids comic monthly mag) for the journey. I remember this passion for reading came along with me a long way to the extent that I promised the kid in me to buy myself sufficient books once I start earning.

But the adult me was soon occupied in running all sorts of errands, convincing enough to make myself time to read that often. So in 2018 I tried to make a conscious effort into reading more books because without that I had cheated the younger me whose basic reason to start earning was for the love of books! :)


Books read in 2018

So the past one year I have tried to consciously include reading daily as little as possible. Here are the books I read and my views on them.


Self-Help Books –

This was my first attempt on reading self-help books and I must say I loved most of them. If you need to add inspiration and motivation to your life, definitely give a try to reading these books.

If you are a self learner, you might very well know, how you would be willing to figure out things on your own before someone physical teaches you or preaches to you. Self-help books are the best for organizing oneself, learning new stuff, motivation and even building a strong positive persona. After all there is no age for learning, so one must always keep up the habit of learning new things.

A detailed review of the books I loved can be found here -

Self-help books to add to your wishlist

  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

  • Power of the Subconcious Mind by Dr.Joseph Murphy

  • Don't Lose out, Workout by Rujuta Diwekar

  • Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  • The life changing art of Tidying up by Marie Kondo

  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

  • Big magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • The 5 second rule by Mel Robbins

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

  • How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

Non-Fiction/Informational Books –

This year I have read a varied range of Non-fiction books. Its good to know and learn from peoples experiences in different genres. I have read about health and fitness, science,Travel memoir, short stories from experiences.

Check this post for my views on these non-fiction books -

Non Fiction books I read in 2018

  • Eat Pray Love by Elisabeth Gilbert

  • India Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar

  • The Gut by Giulia Enders

  • The Shooting Star by Shivya Nath

  • Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murthy

Fiction Books -


Fiction stories or novels are my go to books as I always enjoy the suspense that builds up with the course of the story. Since this year I had focused more on self-help kind of material, I have read less of these.

Check this post for my views on the fiction books I have read-

Fiction books I read in 2018

  • Two by Two by Nicholas Spark

  • Into the water by Paula Hawkins

  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

  • Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

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