Your Fall “Reading” List

Friday, 25 September 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,

My love for my dog Lola knows no bounds. The more time I spend with her, the deeper my loves grows. I even let her sleep on my bed.  I would walk across burning coals for Lola and the thought of her getting old and dying makes me want to vomit. That said, she requires a whole lot of walking and I must admit to getting bored once in awhile.

Fortunately for Lola, I recently found a solution. Audiobooks! Now, I love a good chick-lit story as much as the next gal, but lately my category of choice has been non-fiction. There are so many titles to aid in one’s personal and professional betterment it boggles the mind, and the audiobook format is particularly efficient. Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything might have taken me longer than forever to get through if it remained sitting on my nightstand. But tuning in while walking Lola or flying to LA? I was through that modern classic in no time. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

For anyone else who wants to engage the brain while engaging in otherwise mindless activities, here is my current list of top 10 non-fiction must reads:

10. The Looming Tower: Al-Queda and the Road to 9-11, by Lawrence Wright

An historical background into how Al-Queda was formed and the events that lead to 9-11, looking mostly at the people involved from all sides. Author Lawrence Wright won a Pulitzer Prize for his work.

9. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

If you’re not much of a history buff like I’m not, you must get this book. A fascinating story of WWII. It was one of the longest running  New York Times Best Sellers of all time.

8. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal, by Eric Schlosser

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes the global influence of the American fast food industry. An eye-opener.

7. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

The original self-help book. Learn everything from how to become more popular to how to sway people to your way of thinking.

6. A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolfe

An extended feminist essay first published in 1929, about women and fiction. A fascinating look at gender dynamics and divisions of social class.

5. The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf

First published in 1991, The Beauty Myth examines how more women have more power, money, status and legal standing than ever before, but at the same time feel worse about ourselves physically. Have we really been liberated? This is a thought provoking listen.

4. A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

Bryson uses common everyday language to explain general concepts of science. It’s perfect to take in small doses as every tidbit will get you thinking.

3. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen R. Covey

Off the top of my head I can think of a few people I know who really need to read this book. It introduces the idea of the paradigm shift and how to learn to see things from another perspective. From that jumping off point the 7 habits are introduced.

2. A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

Physicist Stephen Hawking attempts to explain in layman’s terms, cosmology, the big bang theory, time travel and worm holes. If you can grasp even some of his quantum physics theories it will have been worth your while.

1. The Art of Happiness, by The Dalai Lama

An exploration of human outlook. This is my favourite “read” of the year.

My audiobook app of choice is called “Audible” and is free at the App Store. It’s linked to Amazon, so you can pay as you go or pay monthly. Happy listening and please send your recommendations as I’m burning through my library. Lola’s exhausted!

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  • Jim Bell

    There is one amusing typo in the description of Stephen Hawking’s book – you wrote cosmetology, when you meant cosmology. I’ve read most of these books, and that’s a pretty good list.

  • Debbe

    Also, download the Overdrive App from your library. FREEEEEEEEE audiobooks there!

  • Sandra Wahlgren

    My drive to work each way is about 40 minutes, so I am continually borrowing audio books from the library. Here are my recommendations: Half blood blues by Esi Edugyon. I tried reading this novel, but I had trouble with the nuances in the language. Listening to this story elevated my reading experience. A fine romance by Candice Bergen. Once I got over the weakness of her voice, I loved listening to her stories of life in France with Louis Malle and her time on Murphy Brown and her life experiences in Los Angeles and New York. I was sad when this book was finished. As a bonus, your spoken French will improve! All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr. Oh my goodness, the sheer beauty of his word choices and phrases create visual paintings. A masterful storyteller! Right now I am listening to Go tell a watchman by Harper Lee. It is read by Reese Witherspoon and my initial reaction was hmmm. However, she is the perfect narrator for Jean Louise (Scout). Enjoy! Looking forward to your next reading list!