7 books on finding greater connection to people and life

Bijal A Shah
7 min readNov 22, 2018
Photo by Ravi Roshan on Unsplash

As a mother of two children under two years old, devoting 17–20 hours a day to childcare, I often felt isolated and shut off from the rest of the world.

Throughout the day, I would lose my temper, releasing pent-up frustration. Trapped in a daily routine dictated by toddler and baby schedules, I felt suffocated. At best, I often breathed sighs of relief that there was a routine to the madness.

In these moments, I realised I was craving connection. As a mother, it’s easy to feel disconnected to the outside world and to anything meaningful. We are plugged into every moment of our children’s lives, meeting their needs unconditionally and that can be fulfilling but when that is all you are doing, the loss of connection to the adult world can dwarf that sweet fulfillment.

How do we momentarily connect with the outside world? Pause for a few minutes to be re-energised and refreshed so that we can be our best selves around our children? For me, the following books had a profound impact on finding connection and meaning in my life again. Either listening to the audio book or reading the kindle version whenever I had a temporary opportunity made the world of difference.

I felt connected to characters and people worlds away, whether fictional or non-fictional. I stepped away from…

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Bijal A Shah

Bibliotherapist, author, poet & founder of Book Therapy - therapy using the power of literature: https://www.booktherapy.io/ and www.bit.ly/bibliotherapycourse