Do you want to add more books to your spring/summer reading list? As book bloggers we need to be in consistently reading books. Reading plays a major role in life of bloggers and not just book bloggers. Reading helps improve your writing, provides inspiration, can help educate you on various aspects of social media. I have created a list of 5 Books that every blogger must read, whether you blog about books, food, lifestyle, travel etc. These books will help you grow and maintain focus on your journey.
My Rating: 4/5
- Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.
- In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.
This book is a part of The School of Life series and irrespective of that, it gives some good insight on ‘Emotional Health’ which make this book a good starting point, as the title suggests. James Oliver starts his book by defining emotional health as
Emotional Health is the sense that what is happening, is happening now.
Sometimes the clear and simple words hit you hard and that’s what I realise after reading the first lines of text in this book. I liked Oliver’s style of opening the text with what matters. There’s no abstraction in that. Most books of this kind are pretty and heavy in text but they lack where it matters most: straightforwardness. Often they are not plain-spoken, the words must strike the reader at the right place in his mind.
Happiness is a part of abstraction which consume our daily lives. It is the most arbitrary expression that has different set of meanings to different people. Satisfaction, joy are subsets of it. And this what James Oliver suggests in his book. Rather than to seek an abstraction, we should cultivate our own emotional health.
THE WRITING PART
Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?
Thanks, Aman, for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow. I’m a retired children’s psychotherapist with over forty years in the field of child advocacy. Quite a bit of my nonfiction in this field has been published: investigative reports, service delivery models, research, statistical reports on child abuse and delinquency…. I’ve also had a few poems published, including one that won first place in an international science fiction poetry competition. I started writing short science fiction adventures in 2006. Three have been published in magazines. Rarity from the Hollow is my debut novel, a traditional small press publication.
Q. What genre is your book?
So far, all of my stories have been adult literary science fiction. I sometimes use the term social science fiction since that is a similar genre and more common usage. However, I read in most genres and I look forward to trying out a few.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
My Rating: 4/5
To find time for self-reflection is essential for personal growth. We can automate other habits but self-reflection. The reason is simple, the process of self-reflection can make be overwhelming. In a broader perspective, Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life serves its purpose by providing wisdom in terms of strategies in over 100 short chapters in this book.
My Rating: 4/5
Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity
This is a call for self-honesty and harmony with nature in the writings of Henry David Thoreau.
Walden was published in 1854 written during the reign of transcendentalists of which Thoreau was a central figure. Transcendental was a philosophical movement that was influenced by romanticism, Platonism and Kantian philosophy in which one must examine and analyse the reasoning process which governs the nature of experience. German philosopher Immanuel Kant developed the base idea for this movement.
Chalk by Paul Cornell
My Rating: 3/5
Winner of 2016’s Man Booker International Prize, Han Kang’s subtle written book, The Vegetarian is a surprise package. It’s a long form of a novella and divided into three parts, first published in 2007. However, the concept of this novel originated in 1997 when Kang wrote a short story titled, ‘The Fruit of My Woman’. Set in modern-day Seoul, it tells the story of Yeong-hye, a home-maker, whose decision to stop eating meat after having a nightmare.
This leads to consequences for her and people in her family as the try to force her to eat meat. Relationships starts falling apart around her and everyone comes to a conclusion of her reaching the peaks of insanity.
After completing the reading of Harry Potter Series earlier this year after feeling a nostalgic buzz when the new play The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling got released in paperback in July. Yes I confess of not reading the first three parts of the series before and yes I call myself a reader. However, one thing I realised is that Prisoner of Azkaban is my second favoruite Potter book now. So, just to get another glimpse of that Potter buzz, earlier this week I bought three ebooks which are published by Pottermore Limited, tagline: digital heart of the Wizarding World, two months ago. The set includes the following titles:
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
- Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
This post includes reviews of all three books. Let’s start.
My Rating: 5/5
Words mean things, and when certain words are repeated in certain type of situations they change behaviour and can change the course of how we live. In the book Ego is the Enemy, when Ryan holiday speaks about ‘Ego’, he does not mean the Freudian definition. He is talking about ego in an informal way, the way we used it in our casual conversations. The ego he refers are the unhealthy belief in our own importance, our arrogance, and our self-centred ambition. That desire for recognition, and those excuses we make to ourselves. This is a crucial concept to understand if you are planning to read this book.