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2015 Reading List: Book Categories for your Personal Development

Personal Development

2015 Reading List: Book Categories for your Personal Development


Are you a reader or a wisher?

Do you read for interest, knowledge, curiosity, academics, research purpose or other reasons? Perhaps you simply cannot imagine NOT reading. Congrats, you are a lifelong reader and I’m pleased to know you.

You have probably developed a healthy reading habit and you make out time to nourish it even further.

Kudos to you.

You are on the right step to developing your personality, intellect, emotions and spirituality.

Or perhaps, you are still struggling to build an enduring reading habit. But you continue your struggle onwards to a healthier reading habit. You will not be found giving up.

Kudos to you too.

That’s the right spirit and mindset you need to a more fulfilling life.

If on the other hand, you nurture a ‘big wish’ to complete just ‘that book’ through many months and even years but somehow never managed it, its time to listen up. You are missing out on a golden opportunity to improve your life.

What reading can do for you

Reading can impact in many positive ways to your life.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider taking up reading in 2015 and kick-start a healthy reading habit.

  • Reading will expand and challenge your thinking, creativity and knowledge.
  • Reading will aid your writing as well as idea creation process.
  • Reading is a means of traveling through cultures, places and ideologies.
  • Reading is the shortest bridge for accessing history and past events.
  • Reading is a pillar of authentic knowledge seeking.

So, how many books did you manage to read in the past year? And what are you planning to read in 2015?

Have you created a list?

What is on your 2015 reading list?

If you have read some of the titles from the 40 books every Muslim youth must read before 40 or the entire list, you must be itching for more.

Book categories for your personal development

Here are 7 areas to think about for your self and spiritual growth (described here as shelves):

1. Worship shelf (On living Islam and Boosting eeman);
2. Self Growth shelf (On productivity, personal finance, leadership, skills building, spirituality and personality development);
3. Relationships shelf (On parenting, marriage and family life);
4. Fiction shelf (Islamic fiction by Muslim Authors);
5. Great people’s shelf (Biography, Autobiography, Memoir);
6. Career shelf (On Creativity & Entrepreneurship);
7. Knowledge shelf (On Education, Learning and Scholarship).

Your reading habit can develop from daily reading of the Qur’an.

The noble Qur’an is the greatest personal development book for the Muslim Youth, and mankind in fact. It stimulates the mind, provides motivation, stories, parables, challenges and many strategies for developing the mind, body and soul.

Beyond the Qur’an, you can utilise knowledge and ideas from other books written by creatives, scholars, professionals and groups for solving problems and developing the intellect through generations.

Try This…

– Make your list today.
– Seek your sources whether online or offline. (Buy what is available or affordable to you right now, so you don’t procrastinate)
– Commit 5 -10 minutes daily to reading a few pages.

Trust me, those 5-10 minutes will increase gradually and you will move from being just a ‘wisher’ to a ‘reader‘.

Here’s my current reading list (February 2015… );

  • Stories of the Prophets by Ibn Kathir
  • Re-Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins [ebook]
  • I Want to Marry But… by Nisaar Nadiadwala [ebook]
  • Give Me Time by Octavius Black and Sebastian Bailey. Second in the bestselling series from mindgym.

Your turn ~ what books are you ‘reading‘ presently or ‘wishing‘ to read in 2015? Please share below…

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  1. Saad Ahmed March 11, 2015

    1. How to read a book by James Adler
    2. Riyadh-us-Saleheen Imam Nawawi
    3. Road to makkah, Muhammad Asad

  2. Umm' Ismail March 8, 2015

    Truely inspirational , jazakillah
    here is a list of books I want to read 4
    this year Inshaa Allah:
    ♥ Aadhab al mufrad- with commentry by Abu Nasir
    ♥ Enjoy your life -M6hammad Al-aarifi
    ♥ My enemies, I thank you- Dr salman al-Oadah
    ♥ Bulugh ul maram
    I insist on reading the Bulugh in arabic so I need more time n effort to improve my arabic. (too ambitious, right?)

    1. Amina Edota March 8, 2015

      Wa iyyaki.

      Woow… Masha Allah… *In Arabic*… Baarakallahu feek.

      I LOVE your ambition. And I look forward to fulfilling such myself. I still cling on to my Arabic reference books (mostly in storage), while I converse in basic Arabic with my nieces. In Sha Allah hope to get there… one day.

      You are an inspiration.

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