11 Best Philosophy Books (Fiction) – Favbookshelf

Ain’t we so indulged in this worldly life that we are not looking at the other dimension of life? If you are a person who loves asking questions and looking at life from a fresh philosophical perspective, high five to you! We are on the same page. There are umpteen books where philosophy is blended inside the fiction and non-fiction. And here, we bring you some best fictional books touching the philosophical side of life. So, to think, rethink and introspect, here are some best philosophy books!

Best Philosophy Books

P.s: All are arranged in alphabetical order. From a philosophical outlook, I know there is a possibility of looking at the worlds of words upside down!

#1 A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

About The Book

A Tale for the Time Being (Canons Book 102) by [Ruth Ozeki]; best philosophy books
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Title: A Tale for the Time Being

Author: Ruth Ozeki

Publisher: Viki

Genre: Fiction/Philosophy/Cultural-Japan

Type: Standalone

Pages: 432

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

There is a parallel storyline between Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island, and Nao, a 16-year-old girl living in Tokyo. It starts with Ruth finding Nao’s diary on the seashore, carried by the ocean due to a possible Tsunami. You see Ruth’s life and Nao’s life through her diary. This deals with the feelings of Nao, a bully in her school, her socio-economical situation, her family background, and her bond with great grandmother, a Buddhist nun Jiko and we see the Jiko in Nao’s eyes. Nao’s words yet times break the heart. Here is one glimpse for you.

It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought when really nobody gives a shit. And when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting to their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.

Nao from A Tale of Time Being

Why do we recommend this book?

This is one of the best philosophy books that I’ve read. Connecting dots and investigating to know one’s life through bits of information fascinated me. And more than that, the philosophical coverages and the wisdom-filled lady Jiko had an enchanting impact on me. There are moments of goosebumps, the thought never thought of before. I lived with this book for more than two weeks. Throughout the novel, this was like therapy, a feeling, a philosophical outlook toward life. Some lines made me think, rethink and revisit the pages repeatedly—a well-packed book filled with the wisdom of life. In the end, you will feel so alive! Here is one thought-provoking quote from Jiko.

When up looks up, up is down. When down looks down, down is up. Not one, not two. Not same, Not different, Now do you see?

Jiko from A Tale of Time Being

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#2 Brida by Paulo Coehlo

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Brida by Paulo Coelho

Title: Brida

Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: Harper One

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Philosophy

Type: Standalone

Pages: 224

Goodreads rating: 3.4/5

Another story from Master storyteller is Brida. It is about an Irish girl named Brida. She discovers she is a witch from a lady named Wicca. She is a follower of Moon Tradition. This is a story of Brida exploring her gift as a witch, relationships, and spirituality. A journey is like a quest to discover oneself. On this path, she meets Magus, Master of Sun Tradition, Wicca, Teacher of Moon tradition. There is love, heartbreak, and a voyage of self-exploration, and that’s Paulo Coelho, who always comes up with introspective work.

Why do we recommend this Book?

I read this ten years back! Mystical and philosophy lovers will love this. The concept of a soul mate was thought-provoking and heartbreaking. The darker elements of witchcraft were shown in the shade of light. This was the thing I liked most, who grew up with the mindset all witches are evil with pointed hats and crooked noses; this perspective was fresh for me. On the other light, it was hard to follow Coelho. I needed many sittings and breaks to complete his books. Sometimes it feels heavy, and I pause. Other times it’s like re-reading again and again to comprehend. Still, it’s a worthful try for all curious seekers of mysticism, witchcraft, and soulmates.

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#3 Like the radiant Sun by Anu kay

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Like the Radiant Sun: A Novel by [Anu Kay]
Like the radiant Sun by Anu kay

Title: Like the radiant Sun

Author: Anu kay

Publisher: The Write Place

Genre: Fiction/Philosophy/Spiritual/Thriller

Type: Standalone

Pages: 222

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

During his visit to the Varanashi temple project, Rohan, an archaeologist, gets trapped in a particular situation, witnesses the murder, and meets the mystery woman. The main plot is all about a secret coded book, Marma Kala, which ends up in the hand of Rohan, followed by murderers who want that book at any cost. What is Marma Kala? Why are some people behind it? What ancient secrets are hidden? Who is that mystery woman stumbling upon Rohan? Is she a friend or foe? All answers lie in this tale. A blend of mythology and action thrillers keeps the reader entertained and spiritually delighted.

Why do we recommend this Book?

This was an entirely different experience from reading a spiritual thriller embedded with a glimpse of Mahadev, a fierce, fearless warrior beautifully woven with mysticism. I started reading this directly after Iearned that this book revolves around Shiva and virtually gives a picture of Manasa Sarovar through the author’s words. The concept of a Spiritual thriller is exclusively interesting. Though in the middle, I felt like some situations are cinematic but engaging till the end, and this is the best shot for all book readers.

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#4 Readings in the shed by Nikhil Katara and Himali Kothari

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Readings in the shed by Nikhil Katara and Himali Kothari

Title: Readings in the shed

Author : Nikhil Katara and Himali Kothari

Publisher: Partridge

Genre: Fiction/short stories

Type: Standalone

Pages: 109

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

Reading in a shed is a heavy read with philosophical bites by different authors. The stories of Shaka or in O2 will make you think deeply about the things which you never thought of. For example, while reading story O2, which is a monologue where the protagonist asks the audience what they would do if they were in his position in that particular situation in pandemic time, I felt that deciding while wearing a selfish lens is much easier than without it. Otherwise, we will be in a whirlpool of thoughts, finding it challenging to choose the best option. So, if I were in his position, I would have been selfish, to be honest.

Why do we recommend this book?

Reading experience was something different for me when I started to read “Readings in the shed” after reading “Sophies World,” I was in the mood for philosophy books, and this book was like having bites of deep philosophical thoughts, especially in the story of Shaka and the monologue in O2. I want to mention some of the ideas that stirred inside me while reading the story of Shaka; I concluded that the revenge-filled eyes always refuse to see the warmth and love. Why do we hate each other and end up in pure hatred, aren’t we all connected somehow? Hatred is spreading like a plague, in its hidden cloak creeping in the hearts smudging to see the pure belongingness towards each other.

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#5 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Title: Sophie’s World

Author: Jostein Gaarder

Publisher: Phoenix

Genre: Fiction/Philosophy

Type: Standalone

Pages: 403

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

A philosophical history of the other side of the globe is written briefly in an unusual setup through the book ‘Sophie’s world.’ Sophie starts her philosophy lessons through anonymous letters and strange happenings around her. This is a thought-provoking book. However, it covers many Western philosophical ideas and some glimpses of eastern philosophical ideas. My interpretation of the author’s storyline is that he chose this unusual technique to say that we all exist inside the higher consciousness of the mind, which was once compressed into one but exploded into a force (maybe like the big bang theory). It is still expanding as it continues to grow, a mystery that our programmed brain still cannot perceive.

Why do we recommend this Book?

As I started reading, I went into a different set of realities and untouched territories of consciousness, reaching the entrance of science and remembering my school textbooks about Darwin’s theory of evolution to expanding universe. For nearly three to four days I spent time with this book stopping in a few pages to think. Several statements posed exciting questions in my mind, some pages were complex, and some seemed dull. This book ignited a food for thought sure to set one’s self-inquiry quest. Among philosophy books, this book is best if you want to begin your journey of philosophical aspects.

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#6 The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Title: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

Author: Charlie Mackesy

Publisher: Viking

Genre: Fiction/Philosophy/Inspirational

Type: Standalone

Pages: 128

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

This is a conversational book, somewhat like inspirational quotes embedded between Charlie’s friends Mole, Fox, and Horse. The language is simple, and the pictures are elegant. The font is attractive and bold. Insightful thoughts are enveloped in this book. This is less of a story, and there is no particular storyline or plot. Instead, more short conversations between the boy and his friends are found. A good book on a shelf to revisit whenever one needs some inspiration.

Why do we recommend this Book?

At first, with an expectation that this was a story, I picked up this book. There was a slight disappointment initially because this seemed like a collection of inspirational quotes with beautiful drawings and fonts. So before going for this book, I would recommend you to clarify your expectations about what the book is about. Apart from that, the whole book was cute and reminded me of The Little Prince.

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#7 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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The Five People You Meet In Heaven by [Mitch Albom]
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Title: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Publisher: Hyperion

Genre: Fantasy/Philosophy/Fiction

Type: series

Books in it :

Pages: 196

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Eddie, an older man working in an amusement park and an ex-military person, lives with regrets and unhappiness. The tale starts with the death to save a little girl in the amusement park. After death, he meets five people, some known, some unknown, but essential in his life. The real meaning of his life is revealed one by one. The purpose and mysteries come up and leave surprise and self-realization to Eddie.

Why do we recommend this Book?

The story narrative is fantastic, a blissful read during the time’s emotional downfalls. I went through those little moments that I never noticed as a reader with Eddie. This book is well written and leaves you surprised at the end. In my experience, I had goosebumps and tears at the end. If you are a person who wants to read extraordinary everyday tales, this book is the perfect start. Philosophy books that let you be emotionally connected, what more can one ask for?

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#8 The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

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The Forty Rules of Love by [Elif Shafak]
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Title: Forty Rules of Love

Author: Elif Shafak

Publisher: Viking

Genre: Historical Fiction/Philosophy

Type: Standalone

Pages: 224

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

A story within the story, Forty rules of love, starts with Ella, an unhappy, 45 years old housewife juggling to keep her family happy and keep herself muted despite knowing her husband’s affair. The story starts when Ella takes up the literary agent job, and her first assignment to read ” Sweet Blasphemy” changes her entire life and perspectives dramatically. Ella is enchanted by the ideologies of Rumi, a mystic poet, and the relationship between Shams and Rumi. This takes us to ancient philosophies in the voice of Rumi, Shams, Leper bigger, etc. Each chapter has a voice and is described from one particular person’s point of view.

Why do we recommend this Book?

The narratives are parallel; one chapter deals with present happenings in Ella’s life, her thoughts, her struggles, and her life around her family members. In another chapter, the author takes us inside the assignment “Sweet Blasphemy,” set up in the ancient history of Rumi and Shams, the world around them, the barriers, and of course, the forty rules of love. One gets feel like hopping from past to present. What I loved the most was bringing up women’s feelings like Rumi’s wife, a prostitute, or Ella herself. What I found unique is how the author reflected upon the suppression of women. The end seemed bold, unacceptable for many. Maybe that’s the subtle message author is trying to say, which is missed.

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#9 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Title: The Little Prince

Author: by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc

Pages: 96

Type: Standalone

Reading age: 6+ years

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

The story is simple. A pilot stuck in the middle of the desert meets a tiny person as a “little prince” who came from an asteroid and demands to draw the sheep for him. He refuses to answer questions while asking umpteen questions, and the bond develops between them. As the story develops, readers get to know this prince’s adventure of leaving his tiny planet, a flower, three volcanoes, and his visit to several planets finally coming to earth. He also meets many people like the fox, who teaches him the word “building connection” and then, at last, allows the snake to bite him, which claims that it can send him back to his home. It’s up to the reader to decide whether the boy has died or went back to his house. I felt the death of the little prince represents the death of innocence.

Why do we recommend this book?

I was impressed after reading “Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery set in 1943, a book which can be finished within a couple of hours, well packed with those hidden meanings that grown-ups who are busy summing up figures must understand. I’m still in the process of deciphering. Especially the watercolor illustration was exciting, and I have kept this book for revisiting to dwell deep on the story. This is an abstract story. I understood that this sheds light on the grown-up’s illogical life wearing “reasonableness,” fighting, sulking over the things, almost killing the curious child within them growing up.

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#10 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Title: The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig

Publisher: Viking

Genre: Historical Fiction/Philosophy

Type: Standalone

Pages: 304

Goodreads rating: 4.0/5

Between Life and Death, there is a Midnight Library. Each book gives a chance to live other lives. Nora Seed, unhappy, depressed, and on the extreme edge of life, certain situations lead her to Midnight Library. She meets a librarian and the shelf of unlimited books. Here she gets a chance to undo her regrets and to live the lives of those unchosen choices. Along with her, the reader lives in those moments of self-exploration and questions whether that version was better? And Nora’s realizations and epiphanies at the end.

Why do we recommend this Book?

What if you get a chance to live the outcome of your abandoned choices? In every step of life, we make the minute to big decisions. But in this process, we leave many other options. This leads to missing the chance to live those infinite variations of ourselves living life in different possibilities. Matt Haig, in this book, makes you introspect your regrets and choices through the character Nora Seed who gets a chance to live her life with different possibilities. Along with Nora, I traveled along looking at a pile of my regrets and infinite possibilities of the version of me living in infinite universes in different possible ways, finally watching all regrets evaporating one by one, concluding the actual performance of the life.

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#11 Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Title: Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Author: Glendy Vanderah

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Fiction/Mystery

Type: Standalone

Pages: 322

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

The story revolves around Ursa, Joanna, and a neighbor Gabriel. The story starts with Ursa at the doorstep of Joanna, and she claims she is from the stars and sent on a purpose to do five miracles. Joanna and Gabriel join together to discover the whereabouts of the mysterious girl, Ursa. Each one of them has their own stories and struggles. As a story, everything unravels one by one. Nearing the fifth miracle, what happens next leaves them baffled. This is a story of trust, bond, and love, and the pain too,

Why do we recommend this Book?

I am in love with the character Ursa and the story’s uniqueness. Without revealing the spoiler, I would like to say the author has knitted the central concept to convey it to the readers beautifully. Therefore, I can say that this book takes us back to the ground, lives with nature, and provides courage to look at. This read was like a process of healing, and the way of storytelling is compelling and overwhelming.

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SO, to conclude, here is the list of the Best Philosophy Books:

1A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth OzekiBuy Now
2Brida by Paulo CoehloBuy Now
3Like the radiant Sun by Anu kayBuy Now
4Readings in the shed by Nikhil Katara and Himali KothariBuy Now
5Sophie’s World by Jostein GaarderBuy Now
6The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie MackesyBuy Now
7The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch AlbomBuy Now
8The Forty Rules of Love by Elif ShafakBuy Now
9The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryBuy Now
10The Midnight Library by Matt HaigBuy Now
11Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy VanderahBuy Now
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