A few years ago I never read non-fiction books. I just wasn’t interested – when I was reading I wanted to be whisked away to a world I could escape in or be terrified by the thriller I was reading. But in the last few years, and since starting The Monday Project, non-fiction books have been a constant fixture in my recently reading.
I am obsessed with self-help books – I’ll ready anything that can give me a helping hand. I also love books relating to business, creativity and blogging – Charlotte wrote a fantastic list of books for bloggers a while ago which I’m still slowly working my way down. I also love personal books – I like reading about someone’s life, what they learnt, how they are still learning.
I’ve been pulling together this Recently Reading since the end of June and I’m so proud of myself for getting through so many books. I’m always on a quest to read more and thankfully this summer I seem to be managing it. I’m still getting sucked in to thrillers and reading them all in one day but I’ve also branched into other genres and read a whole host of non-fiction books.
Joining the library has of course been a huge factor in my increased appetite for reading and my local has a huge crime/thriller section which suits me down to a tee. I’m yet to venture to any more of Glasgow’s libraries but it is on my list of things to explore in the rest of 2018. Looking for something to pack in your suitcase if you are escaping for some last-minute September sun? Read on …
Self-help books are a genre I can’t get enough of. I’m on always on the hunt for the next lifestyle trend for me to devour or work past problems by taking advice from writing on pages. Lifeshocks* by Sophie Sabbage seemed to fit neatly into this package for me – it would tell me how to do something.
It is an extremely personal book by Sophie about how to manage ‘lifeshocks’ which she determines as ‘unwanted or unexpected moment in time, offering an opportunity for personal awakening’.
I am now the biggest advocate on local libraries. Heck, I talk about them at some point now every day to anyone I’m talking to. Friends, family, people online, people I meet on the street – I’m a woman obsessed when it comes to the library. And I think this is bloody great. Local libraries are such an important and useful resource for so many people and I guess I just want to shout out them a little bit more.
My experience with using libraries first came when I was around 6-7 when my mum would take me and my younger sister to the library in our town. I absolutely adored going. I treasured my library card, always checked out as many books as possible and explored so many different genres as a result of having access to them in the library. I stopped going to my local library in my teenage years as I used the smaller library at the high school and then didn’t borrow books at all in my late teens.
I’ll be honest, when I first received The Biggest Idea In The World by David Joland, I wasn’t sure if it would be my cup of tea. I love a good fiction book as much as the next person but an unhappy man travelling to Silicon Valley? That doesn’t scream to me.
However, I’ll put my cup of tea back down, I was wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character, Barry, is an unhappy man who is married to a woman he cannot stand, hates his job and has himself convinced that life has dealt him a rubbish set of cards. He is convinced that all the great ‘internet sensation’ ideas were first his so in an effort to secure his success, he decides to travel to Silicon Valley and share his idea and true value with the world.