Reading as a child was a beautiful thing. I would take adventures to other worlds through The Magic Treehouse, nod off with my friend Artemis Fowl and cozy up before bed with my brothers, listening to the tales of a certain famous wizard who need not be named.
In my university years, reading became more of a chore than an adventure. I read to get readings done, to analyze peer reviewed text and to find sources for term papers. I was reading what I had to, not what I wanted to.
I decided to make 2016 different.
I had found ideas and authors outside of the collegiate reading realm who fascinated me, I found fiction I could enjoy and Non-Fiction I truly wanted to read. It is amazing what can happen when a life finds inspiration and passion and love.
Here is my year in review through the most important books and ideas I have bathed my brain in over the past 12 months.
Continue reading “10 books that made my year”
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
Each of us has a different relationship with reading. For some it conjures a romantic past of cuddling up in your bed listening to mom or dad narrate your favourite story. Others, it is trudging through english class staples like Silas Marner and To Kill a Mockingbird (which are fantastic reads).
One thing I have come to realize more and more is this: readers are leaders.
In high school and university, reading was a chore for me. A necessary evil to get to a desired grade and desired outcome (my degree). I had lost touch with the great stories of my childhood and hadn’t read a book for “fun” in years.
Then, things changed. I read a book and my world opened the door to the thoughts and ideas that had been waiting outside knocking to be let in for so long.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I had found my tribe. Entrepreneurs, philosophers, leaders and poets. Once I found my tribe, groups of people who thought like I did and were experts at what interested me, reading became the way.
Are you stuck in a rut? Have you found your tribe? What are your true interests? For me, the answer to my questions was to read. To open my world to the great ideas and thoughts of those who came before me.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanks so much for stopping by, if you are wondering what books got me started on my journey to success and mindfulness I have shared a few of them below.
Meditations – by Marcus Aurelius
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The 4-Hour Workweek – by Tim Ferris
Psycho-Cybernetics – by Maxwell Maltz