Or the Silver Lining of Being Sick
So far 2009 has been a bit of a bust for me as I have been sick for the entire time with a variety of non-life-threatening ailments. The plus side is that I have been able to read some books! Back in the spring I bought Daniel Pink's 'A Whole New Mind' and only made it about 40 pages in. Well I got a chance to read it and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Then, on one of my forays out of the house to procure tinctures etc, I picked up Malcom Gladwell's 'Outliers' and devoured it quickly. Another great read that has me analyzing my own personal success and wondering what factors will impact the success my children will experience as they grow up. Both Pink and Gladwell do a wonderful job of weaving stories of individuals to make their respective points.
Different Types of Reading
Now I find myself wishing I had some more unread books on hand to read. There is something really satisfying about books that I'm not getting from reading blog posts. I enjoy reading posts and engaging in conversations in the comments, but books really feed my soul. I guess I need to have a balanced diet when it comes to reading. I've also got to make sure that I'm not so busy that I don't have time for books. A problem that I have with books is that I feel compelled to finish them; I have difficulty just reading a chapter and putting the book down for a day or two. Reading a book in just a few sittings is not a good strategy if you have a job and a husband and two little kids to look after ;-)
Now on My List
Since tweeting about reading these two books it's been recommended that I read 'The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives' by Leonard Mlodinow and 'The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything' by Ken Robinson. So I'm on a quest to get these books; so far my local book sellers and library are not helping me out.
Any Recommendations? What's on Your List of Books to Read?
What books have you enjoyed lately? What book(s) are you pining to read?