Studying law must be very Interesting but there’s always a need for a break from the monotonous life of reading bare acts, case studies, orders, judgements, petitions and so much more. Books are one of those rare things on earth that incomparably teaches us so many things and the experiences are profoundly beautiful.
So, Here’s a list of 10 Best Non-legal Books to Gift a Law Student. (You can gift it to yourself too!)
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
The title is so tempting it ought to be on your to-read list and of course in your list of Non-legal Books to a law student.
This book is about how to make it big when you don’t have a lot of money. The tale focuses around a guy named Billy, who is the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. It will pique your interest if you are a baseball enthusiast, but it will not pique the attention of those like me, who can’t tell the difference between a bullpen and a mound!! No problem! Michael’s wit and extraordinary capacity to exaggerate things will aid you in finishing the book to the end.
Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a dismal depiction of 19th-century Russian society, the narrative of a gruesome murder and the murderer’s following agonising remorse. Its central subject is the powerful idea of redemption through suffering, and it demonstrates psychological understanding long before its time. Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov, the protagonist, is a poor and desperate former student who lives in extreme poverty, wanders around the slums of St. Peterberg, and executes a random murder with neither remorse or regret. Apart from overcoming his poverty, his major motivation for such a cold-blooded murder was to validate his inhuman thesis and establish himself as a Napolean-like figure.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
One of the best books in the self-development section to gift a Law Student. By constructing a persuasive argument around the power of habits, the author investigates why some people and organisations struggle to change while others appear to rediscover themselves in this book. There are three parts to this book. Each section delves into a different facet of why habits exist and how they work.
My favourite quote from the boom remains, “Will power is not a skill but a muscle which needs consistent strengthening”
How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
This is one of those non-legal books for students that’ll make them believe they’re the man in the room. The author describes all of the strategies using anecdotes from herself or her friends to which the reader can completely relate and which do not appear to be made up. This book is flavoured with humour as the author shares her unique perspectives on the events and emphasises that effective communication entails not just conveying your message but also being sensitive to the listener. All 92 techniques have amusing titles that anyone can remember in a moment. Perhaps something that could help law students in their career too.
When Breath Becomes Air
Enough of self-help books. Literature has always been a favourite spot for book readers. This Non-legal book provides an answer to the Author’s questions regarding life’s meaning and purpose. And what a beautiful and eloquent response it has turned out to be! This memoir, which was published after Paul Kalinithi’s death, tells us about what led to his decision to pursue a career in neurology, his early days as a resident surgeon, and his rise to fame. Then there’s the storey of his disease, the numerous treatments he tried, and his frantic, determined search for meaning in his life, whatever was left of it. His wife Lucy’s epilogue is as perfect a way to end the book as it could be – lovely, full of love, and written in a more matter-of-fact tone than the rest of the book. Isn’t it a great gift for a law student in the Non-legal Books category?
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
Do not judge a book by its cover but I’m pretty sure you just did by reading the cover page and title. This is a different read to be honest. This book delves itself into various depths and answers questions like:
- What is it that makes people of the opposite sex tick?
- How can I decipher their nonverbal and vocal communication?
- How do you obtain what you desire by motivating the other sex?
- How can you avoid squabbles and encourage productive communication?
- How can you amaze your lover by scoring points with the opposite sex?
- The other sex’s true emotional requirements and the behaviours that go along with them?
- How can you keep love alive and maintain a long-term relationship?
The Thursday Murder Club: The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One Bestseller
A Murder mystery. The first page of the book has won my heart. And this is why it’s a must-read for all! Here’s the first page:
“Killing someone is easy. Hiding the body, now that’s usually the hard part. That’s how you get caught.The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
I was lucky enough to stumble upon the right place, though. The perfect place, really.
I come back from time to time, just to make sure everything is still safe and sound. It always is, and I suppose it always will be.
Sometimes I’ll have a cigarette, which I know I shouldn’t, but it’s my only vice.” ~
This is a lovely, peaceful, but gripping crime novel. The investigators, a group of four seniors living in a small village, had all the makings of a cosy. In some respects, it’s completely absurd. Every Thursday afternoon, a retired nurse, retired psychiatrist, retired trade union official, and a retired… well, whatever Elizabeth’s profession was, she was much too excellent at it to ever let you in on the secret, meet to examine cold case files. Then, on their doorstep, a real-life murder occurs, and they decide to conduct their own investigation. They not only investigate, but they also persuade the cops to assist them.
Crime, violence and yet Non-legal genre. Strange?
The Kite Runner
If you haven’t read this, you’re too late already! This book should actually be on the top of every list. The Kite Runner is a narrative about Amir’s attempts at atonement. His long-lost connection with Hassan, his boyhood best friend, leads him back to Afghanistan to make up for the wrongs he committed as a youngster. The narrator paints a peaceful picture of Afghanistan before Taliban control, and it is devastating to see how it is devastated later. With its poignant tale of life as a journey, the bond between the two youngsters Hassan and Amir, and other brilliantly described characters, there is no question that this book will affect you profoundly. The sentence “For you, a thousand times over” is significant and will undoubtedly melt you when you read it in the last chapter.
Gift it to a law student or gift it to yourself but please do read it.
Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia
A tale of Mumbai underworld and a read that anyone would finish in just one sitting. You’ll read things that you could have never found online or in any movie related to the underworld.
Suggested blog read: Similarities of extraordinary power
The Book Thief: The life-affirming number one international bestseller
Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is a heartbreaking novel about a little girl who gets hooked with reading in Nazi Germany. The book is a worldwide best-seller for good reason. I’m glad I finally read it, but I’m also disappointed (and maybe furious with myself) that such a treasure had languished on my TBR for so long.
Because Death is the narrator of the narrative, the title is unique. The narration, not the narrative, is what makes this film stand out. Although it was first perplexing, I couldn’t get enough of it after I realised what Markus was trying to do. He has practically embodied Death, bringing the unimaginable within reach of humanity.
I’m a 23-year-old graduate who has taken up studying law lately.