We are seven days into the new year, and already, I’ve read three books! I should qualify this with three books that aren’t related to health, autism, and special needs. I’ve always been a bookworm, a bibliophile. My house is full with thousands of books. Yes, thousands.
This year, I’m taking more time to read. In years past, I’ve taken classes and gone out to do. I’m just too tired to “do” much this year. So I’m going to return to my roots and read more.
This year, I’m trying to only a.) thrift books or b.) read things in my shelves that I’ve been meaning to read or c.) beg, borrow, or steal from the library/friends/etc.
So, here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to reading. It’s nothing earth-shattering. I already read all the indie meta-fiction in my 20s, so I’m not going to impress you with my love of David Foster Wallace, or anything McSweeney’s. I haven’t read a lick of fiction since Moose was diagnosed with autism in 2010.
So, here’s the reads so far:
1.) Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers. I bought this at a thrift store for a quarter. Could NOT put it down. Gladwell is a master at page-turning, and crafting storylines. Fantastic read for anyone who wants to really understand what makes “self-made” successes…truly successes.
2.) For Christmas, my brother bought me Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week. Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows I started an educational business with a friend, and frankly, this was another great read for those of your with an enterpreneurial spirit stuck in dead-end jobs. There was a ton of great, immediate take-aways that I’m already incorporating into my work day, and frankly, my life.
I’d love for Tim Ferriss to write a book on parenting. I don’t think he has kids yet…but that would be a read.
3.) Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. Yes, the Christian-get-out-of-debt radio host. I borrowed this book from a friend a few years back. It’s time to pay down all those lingering student loans from grad school and credit cards that ballooned from autism expenses over the past few years. So, the estate begins the debt snowball in the middle of the polar vortex.
I seriously wonder if I will ever read fiction again. There’s just so much to learn about everything else, that stories, seem to me, just well, escapist.
I should escape more. I barely watch tv. I am drawing and blogging often.
So, here’s my list so far for 2014.
I will update this as I go.
1.) Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers
2.) Tim Ferriss’s The 4 Hour Work Week
3.) Dave Ramsey: The Total Money Makeover.
Any non-fiction you suggest? I’m ready for my next read!