Books I have read this month, and think you should too.
I recently joined my local library because my house is out of bookshelf space. Which was the best move – now I have loads of great books that I can read for free! I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier… Anyway, here are my top picks for you guys to read. It is a slightly eclectic list, but I hope that means there is something here for everyone to enjoy!
Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders).
This book has Buddhist overtones, and is a lovely tale about letting go of the stories we tell ourselves in order to move forward in the cycle of life and death.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (Mark Manson).
Super blunt and to the point. I like the way it calls bullshit on trying to be “positive” people, and affirmations etc; and sheds a little light on how to live a fuller life. This is the sort of self-help book I could get on board with.
The His Dark Materials Trilogy (Philip Pulman).
I have been reading these books since I was a teenager, and they never fail to move me. The Amber Spyglass movie did a terrible job, so don’t judge these books by that. They are fantasy books, but seriously incredible. I will say no more about them. Read them.
Walden (Henry David Thoreau).
This is a book about the two years Thoreau spent living in the woods. I found it quite pertinent to today's day and age; where everyone is consumed with accumulating wealth and goods, and never being satisfied and happy. Also it cost him $28.12 to build said cabin – wouldn’t that be nice!
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy).
I have been on a Tolstoy kick lately (currently plowing through War and Peace, seeya in a decade) and there is a reason why this is a classic. Amazing love story, I couldn’t put it down.
Better Than Sex (Hunter S. Thompson).
I have actually read this and all of HST’s works a million times each. He is my first ever author I was obsessed with, and this book is a fantastic place to start if you haven’t read his stuff before. This is a tale of him being on the campaign trail (from his home) in the Nixon times, and it is so funny you will cry.
In the Realm Of hungry Ghosts (Gabor Mate).
Incredible read about addiction. A little spooky, extremely humbling and illuminating.
There you have my list of the month!
I have a tendency to read books over and over again if they are worth it. Hunter S. Thompson and His Dark Materials trilogy are definitely worth it 😀