Today, we list down the top 5 Mitch Albom books or should I say, top five best airplane books. Joining the likes of Brown, Patterson, Grisham, Sparks, and Hosseini as the go-to authors for travelers to read during a long flight or generally during vacation is Mitch Albom. Over the years, with a total of seven books, excluding his sports books, Albom’s books have been a reliable companion for traveling.
His novels, fiction or non-fiction, are short but give profound meaning to life. His books, albeit non-thriller, are page turner and not very easy to put down. Because the books are short, you can practically finish it in one seating. Having a long flight? Grab one of his books. No internet connection on a long train or bus travel? Grab one of his books. Relaxing and sun bathing on a white sand beach? Grab one of his books.
Mitch Albom has started with writing sports books and it was 1997 when he released his first non-fiction novel with Tuesdays with Morrie. This post also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the book that has propelled him to stardom around the world. Six more books were released and has cemented his status as one of the most prolific writers of the new generation. His books are personal in nature and the themes are all universal. It is very rare for his book not to touch someone’s heart. That is why his books are widely beloved and is guaranteed to stand the test of time. His books are sure to be read by future generations.
Without further ado, here’s the top 5, my personal, Mitch Albom Books.
5. Have A Little Faith
“What if our beliefs were not what diveded us, but what pulled us together?”
This is Albom’s second non-fiction book after Tuesdays with Morrie and it tells about a request of a rabbi to Mitch to deliver his eulogy. To understand how the rabbi has lived, he needs to rekindled with his old faith while having acquainted with a different belief, Christianity. The story helps us understand the difference of these two religions, living in one world and working together to achieve similar goals, love, respect, understanding, and believing.
4. For One More Day
“Every family is a ghost story. The dead sit at our table long after they have gone.”
Everyone who has lost their mothers wishes to turn back the time and hug them one more time. That’s exactly what Charley, our protagonist, has get to experience on this tale of a mother and son relationship from the start and beyond. After a failed suicide, he decided to come back where his life has begun with the intention of killing himself, again. What welcomed him is the ghost of his mother and what follows is a touching story of a mother’s love. This has seriously made me shed a tear and with good reason. This is a nice book to read.
3. The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto
“Everybody joins a band in this life.”
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is the latest of his novels and he has infused music to his narrative that makes it more lively and vivid. On Magic Strings the narrator is not a human being, but the “music.” Music narrates the life of Frankie Presto from his early beginnings being raised by a blind music teacher until his rise to stardom. This Forrest Gump-like story succeeds in telling an incredible and touching story of love, persistence, destiny, struggles, victory, and failures. This book is one of my most favorite books of 2015.
2. Five People You Meet In Heaven
“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”
The story is about Eddie’s journey on the afterlife. After he died from a tragic accident, he encounters five people who has touched his life one way or another during his lifetime. Each person he meets has some story to tell that has changed Eddie’s life knowingly or unknowingly. This touching story may be about the afterlife, but, it will definitely change how you see things on your life. It’s a lovely tale of love, redemption, and simple joys of living.
1. Tuesday With Morrie
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
This should come as no surprise to everyone who’s read Albom’s books. This memoir of Mitch and his late professor has touched millions of readers around the world and is now considered a modern classic. Mitch reconnecting with his old professor is like everyone of us reconnecting with anyone whom we considered teachers. Teachers who has taught us valuable lessons in life. I’ve read it multiple times and it never gets old, the lessons are as relevant as the first time I’ve read it.
Listing down the best Mitch Albom books makes me realize the lessons in life these books have instilled on me. He teaches us the value of love; love for family, friends, strangers, and everything/everyone worthy of affection. His books will not have you on the edge of your seats, but, it has magic that will keep you turning the pages on and shoots you right in the feels without even noticing it. I cannot wait for more stories from him. Mitch Albom, thank you.
Do you agree with my list? What would your list look like? Feel free to write on the comments.