Now that I will finally have a day to do absolutely nothing (and what a perfect day it will be to do so!), I have decided to begin reading books. As sporadic as this may seem, I have been thinking long and hard about the books that in my mind, are “must-reads”.
I know that I am majoring in English and most (actually all…) people seem to find it absolutely appalling that I have not read books such as The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. I realize these are classics. I also realize that it would probably be good to read them. However, I have also realized that I have absolutely zero interest in doing so.
I have, however, decided to read Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, Neil Pasricha’s The Book Of Awesome, Jerre Paquette’s Secrets of Supplements and Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. If you are thinking to yourself, “those are not ‘classics’ or ‘must-reads'”, I will refrain (at this point in time) from arguing with you. You may also be thinking “that’s it? Only four books?”–To this question, my answer is simply: “For now.” Those of you who know me will appreciate my determination to tackle four books given the fact that I have probably only read five whole books in my lifetime. Last thing you may be wondering is “wow, what a random selection of books”. This question, is also a very valid one.
I fully recognize that the books which I have chosen are very different from one another and also realize they may not fall into the category of a “classic”. Having said this, I do fully intend to read a number of classics in the future, just not now. Its not that I am unhappy and feel the need to read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project or feel that I am undernourished and need to read Secrets of Supplements, it is simply that this selection of books provide me with a bit of everything.
Jerre Paquette is a fantastic person and I was privileged enough to spend an entire semester (and a lovely dinner) with him. I admire him immensely and I am so excited that I finally have some time to finish his book. The cover of The Happiness Project speaks for itself. It’s fun and lighthearted and I think we could all use a little “lightheartedness” in our lives. On that note, how can one go wrong with The Book Of Awesome? Blog turned book, this is bound to be a book that will make you smile. Lastly, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, which is maybe more science based (if you will), just sounded interesting and I know it will encourage me to view the world in an entirely different way (much like I’m sure The Book Of Awesome will!).
I dont have an order in which I will read these books, but I do know that every one of these books will be read by August 31st–I promise. Let the reading begin…