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Life almost always isn't as serene as one would like it to be. Even those whose life seems so perfect, most likely isn't. Life tends to be that way. That is why people find a way to meditate and just be at peace even for a while.

For some whose idea of meditation is immersing themselves in a book and those who want to get into a new source of tranquil musings, here are five titles to aid you:

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1. "Very Good Lives" by J.K. Rowling

This is actually the commencement address the "Harry Potter" author presented at the Harvard University back in 2008. While it is a rather short book, The Guardian says it is one that you will surely read more than once.

Rowling here talks about chasing your dreams and pursuing something you're good at. Just like the bestselling writer, she encourages everyone to go with their guts and spend time doing what they love and what another tells you to do.

2. "You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life" by Jen Sincero

This book takes self-help to a whole new level. Sincero's masterpiece will remind you how great you are and how much greater you could become through witty remarks, expletive goodness and rock-hard humor.

Those who like it outrageous when it comes to exploring what life has to offer, this tome will knock it out of the park.

3. "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo

Sometimes, life just needs a little scrubbing and Kondo's housekeeping manual will facilitate when it comes to getting rid of life's clutter and throwing away all the extra or unwanted and just provide space for things that bring joy.

Here, she believes that doing a literal spring cleaning will help you clean organize your life too. As per Wall Street Journal, the author's surname has become a verb for removing the mess.

4. "Tiny Beautiful Things" by Cheryl Strayed

Life isn't a walk in the park and Strayed recognizes that. In this volume, she reminds that though everything isn't as great as you imagined, you can still find beauty in it. And as good as recognizing life's inevitable problems, the book, as Bustle describes, works a "dictionary for all of the questions that come up in life."

5. "Spirit Junkie" by Gabrielle Bernstein

According to Bustle, this tome encourages readers to live the life on the edge and it serves as a guide on how to conquer fear and find excitement even in the most lackluster moments. Bernstein says that there's a hip way to live life, and here she teaches you how to do just that.

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