As a child, I loved reading books. I remember family holidays where my sisters and I strategically choose the books we would bring with us to swap those later. After an active day, on the train, on the ferry or sometimes even in the car, we would read until we either fall asleep or feel sick. I would read everything concerning horses and first love and dream about riding on a horseback with a handsome boy into the sunset. (How cliché right?)
Somehow, when I got older, when I started high school I guess, reading got boring. Throughout university I saw reading as a means to an end, probably because a large part of university is about reading (often boring) stuff. When the exams got more exciting and I would even consider reading extra material, I realized that reading is not so bad after all. Since then I’ve been browsing for books that excite me and here is a list of recent reads I really enjoyed.
“Be a little analog” by Julius Hendricks
Let’s start with the book which has the least text. “Be a little analog” is kind of an operation instruction for finding back the way to a less digitalized life. Each page offers a little advice like “Smile at somebody instead of sending a smiley”. I’ve tried to take his advices to heart and it feels good not to be on the phone or computer the whole time.
“Slow travel” by Dan Kieran
Dan Kieran writes about his awesome experiences with slow travel in such a thrilling way that I just could not stop reading. Immediately I wanted to jump into the next train and go somewhere. Dan manages to convince the reader to think about our own travelling habits and makes us reconsider the way we travel. Definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read.
“The little book of hygge” by Meik Wiking
By now you probably know that I love everything concerning Scandinavia. As a former graphic design student, I judge a book by its cover and this cover is more than perfect (as are the graphical elements inside). You might have heard about the Danish word hygge which cannot be translated with one word only. So, Meik Wiking has written a whole book where he describes the various aspects of hygge. Read it and you will want to make your life more hyggelig.
“It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be” by Paul Arden
A great motivational book that is called the world’s best selling book for a reason. It is a book to flip through, read a few pages, lay it aside and repeat. I love just reading a page and I instantly feel a little more motivated. Also consider the graphical design of this book, it is exquisite.
“Whatever you think, think the opposite” by Paul Arden
Thankfully, Paul Arden has written a second book about the working life. He tries to make us see the world with different eyes, not to take everything seriously and trying things in a different way. The book is really motivational for starting something new or changing a situation you are not satisfied with. When you have read one book by Paul Arden you will want to have the other book as well, trust me.
“What is art” by Ernst Billgren
Explaining the creative world in 117 questions. Well, that’s a bit inaccurate but you get the picture. Ernst Billgren draws up 117 questions and answers each with a short and a long answer. Those answers are sometimes inconsistent and paradox which makes them interesting (e.g. question #23 “How do I become successful”). Again, it’s a book for “in between times”, which is just perfect for me. Of course, the book concentrates on artists and how to become an artist but in my opinion it can still very interesting for everybody.
Enjoy reading and let me know how you liked the books. Or leave me some recommendations. 🙂