Let’s talk about something that brings much happiness to my life and the life of many others. Something that covers the vast expanse of time, topics, language and imagination.
I love reading. I get so excited about books that every so often I am trying to read five or six at a time! Eventually I whittle it down to about two and save the rest for after.
Here is a list of some of the great ones I picked up this year; definitely worthy of recommendation.
1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson.
“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
It is one thing to see the movie. It is always a whole new world to read the book. Thompson’s writing style is so good that you are missing out on a piece of literary gold if you never read it.
2. The Five Hour Workday – Stephan Aartol.
“But when you define yourself by your interests, your travels, and your communities, then you’re working to live. The point of work becomes to make enough money to live a good life, a life with presence and time. Work exists to enable that life.”
Work less, live more: I have already been convinced of this mindset and lifestyle for years. Aarol articulates the what and why with style, precision and historical persuasion.
3. Dune – Frank Herbert.
“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
A Sic-Fi classic. OK, so I had to take this one on audio book style (I get lost on talk of war tactics.) Also, you can listen to it for free on YouTube.
4. Permission to Mourn: A New Way to do Grief – Tom Zuba.
“The death of someone we love dearly cracks us open. Big time. It’s supposed to.”
If you have lost anyone recently, or even not so recently, Zuba offers some very loving and heartfelt advice on how to move through your grief. It is written in a creative way that is quick and easy to read. You can read it all at one, or take it in portions to chew on a bit at a time.
5. What Color Is Your Parachute? – Richard Nelson Bolles.
“Unless you look dirty, wild, and disreputable, and smell really bad, if you know what your talent is, I guarantee some employer is looking for you.”
Bolles revises and publishes a new up-to-date version of his book every year. It is a practical manual to current day job hunting and career changing. As you go along, there are hands on exercises to help you get to know yourself, what you have to offer, and what you want to get out of a job/career.
6. Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss.
A series of three books, I have read and re-read and re-read again the first two books. I impatiently await for the arrival of his third. Magic, science, traveling, battles with giant lizard beasts, love… this story has it all. Plus, Rothfuss’ writing is magnificent. This is my favorite story and book series of all time.
As Rothfuss wrote in The Name of the Wind, “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” So it goes that the more we read, the more material we have to work with to write the great story of our lives.
Read on my friends. And if you have any good book recommendations, leave it in a comment below!