After an unfortunate incident whereby seven borrowed library books managed to overstay their welcome in my house before being hastily returned at 8.55 pm at night….followed by a second trip to the library to pay overdue fines….. I stopped reading for a few weeks. I starting reading more blogs and internet forums and ended up having trouble sleeping. Then I found my kindle and remembered that my library offers e-books (and they are automatically returned so no late fees ever!) and since then a reading frenzy has begun. I think I’ve read about 15 books in the last 2 months and I’m sleeping like a log again! So here’s a few of the good non-fiction books I’ve read lately.
I was in a read a motivational book to make me work harder in work kind of mood a few weeks ago and this book popped up. I downloaded an audio book version because listening to audiobooks while doing repetitive lab work is an excellent use of what can otherwise be pretty boring time. It took me a while to get into it but I loved this book. I loved that it took so many different peoples stories – Bill Gates, professional hockey players, jewish lawyers concert pianists, heroic pilots, Chinese math students….the list goes on….and delved deep into the background and finds a series of events that leads to that person being successful verses the average person. It wasn’t at all what I expected….it was 10x better!!
The Power of Habit
Again this book really surprised me. I’ll admit that between Outliers and this book I also downloaded The seven habit of highly effective people but I couldn’t get past the first habit…..to many buzzwords and metaphors. I remember turning to Kathy and saying “highly effective people would never read a book like this….not a good sign”. Anyway, this one was recommended to be by the library and was available right away so I gave it a chance. It was a wonderful mix of science, psychology and storytelling – how advertising agencies formed the habit of tooth-brushing in a nation, how habits make use more efficient….this one is hard to explain without giving away all the good stories in it but I highly recommend it.
I already knew I was an introvert before I read this book – my idea of a fun Saturday night is Netflix and knitting on the couch – but this book gave me so many great ideas for things to do to help encourage my future children (if they are introverted) find the balance between introversion and shyness. I was painfully shy as a child only as I’ve gotten older and begun caring less about what other people thing of me that I’ve learned to embrace my introversion. This was an interesting read for sure – if you’re introverted yourself or have an introvert in your life then check it out.
The life-changing magic of tidying up
I borrowed this one after seeing all the hype on Instagram etc and after waiting for weeks on a waitlist for it I thought it was kooky! Seriously though I read it in about 2 hours, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try getting rid of some clutter….I already know that I keep things for no reason and that I have a hard time throwing things out (or donating them) when I know that they were expensive (or a gift)….I guess this book helped me realise that keeping things like that is kind of stupid. So while not quite life-changing I have begun to slowly de-clutter and tidy up my house. I’ll do a follow up on this one in a while.