Your Fall “Reading” List
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!