January 11, 2017
People frequently say “I need to get to the gym more,” “I need to give my friend or a family member a call and catch up,” “I need to read more books” or many other common self-improvement phrases. It’s the “I need to read more” that I am going to focus on in this blog. It’s January 2017, so why not tackle one of your self-improvements without having to shell out a lot of money or giving up your current way of life? Just pop in some reading here and there instead of watching that fifth episode of Stranger Things on Netflix.
Nonfiction – Boys on the Boat by Daniel James Brown
You may have heard of Unbroken, which is the incredible true story of survival and Angelina Jolie made it into a movie. Well, Boys on the Boat is in the same vein of perseverance and takes place during the same time period. Set in Seattle, the book follows the University of Washington rowing team pre-World War II and their struggle to become one of the greatest teams of all time. It is a heartfelt and engaging read about a world I knew little about.
Advice/Biography – Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
Sick of the old 8-to-5? Then Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman is the book for you. It is the story of Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and how he learned to run a major company when he just started out as a rock-climbing enthusiast. After initial exponential growth, Chouinard had to learn how to maintain longevity and obtain the right type of staff. Check this book out to learn about his cutting-edge work environment and employee expectations.
Fiction – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
If fictional stories are more your jam, then I recommend Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a unique story that makes you think about human interaction, legacy and so much more. If you are into secret societies in modern day times, Google, love and mystery, this is the book for you. The story follows Clay Jannon during the economic recession of 2008. He finds a job at a 24-hour bookstore and doesn’t know why any bookstore has to be open for 24 hours, 365 days a year. And, who are all the peculiar characters that visit the store at all times of day? You will have to read it to find out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely read it again.
Young Adult Fiction – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Death defying heists, orphans struggling to survive on their own, tragic love interests and beating the odds is all of Six of Crows packed into one book. Young adult fiction is my personal favorite, and Six of Crows was so good I read it twice. The story follows several characters from different walks of life all brought together to perform an impossible job to smuggle a hostage out of hostile territory. The author recently released a sequel called Crooked Kingdom. Get started on this duology; you won’t regret it.
So, dust off that book you have wanted to read forever and have never found the time to read it. If you don’t know what book to read, try one of the books in this blog – you can’t go wrong! If you are already reading something or have recommendations, share it with us on social media. Happy reading!