Another month, another pile of books to read. Not that I’m complaining, mind you! I wouldn’t know what to do without my Kindle. It makes my commutes pass by so much faster. So, here’s what’s on it at the moment:
Shades Of Blue: Writers On Depression, Suicide, And Feeling Blue by Amy Ferris
Depression is a silent epidemic that affects millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, because of the stigma and prejudices around it, sufferers still find it hard to seek and get the help they so desperately need. Hopefully, this collection of first hand experiences with depression will help dispel a few of them. Although emotionally tough to read (the topic isn’t exactly light and entertaining), it shows in just how many forms depression can manifest itself, and that absolutely everyone can be affected by it. Although some of the stories are very dark, others are more positive and show that there’s hope. Depression is an illness that can be cured. But we have to know it first. Available at Amazon.
Mind Hacking: How To Change Your Mind For Good In 21 Days by John Hargrave
This is the perfect self-help book for hackers and gamers. I’m afraid some of the analogies and jokes were lost on me! Although the content is hardly original (it’s mostly about being mindful, reprogramming our negative loops into positive ones, and achieveing your goals), the way it’s presented is. Hargrave turns you into a hacker programming your computer (your brain). Practical and entertaining, it’s a fast read that may help change your life. Available at Amazon.
Intelligence In The Flash: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks By Guy Claxton
I used to think that the body wasn’t important. It was all about the mind. The mind was the source of our intelligence, and our body simply carried it around, so it could be neglected. Not so, says Guy. Citing the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Claxton proves that our bodies are just as intelligent as our minds, and that the two are deeply interconnected. So, how can we start paying the body the attention it deserves? Claxton helps us with that too, teaching us techniques that will help us reconnect with our bodies. If this fascinates you (yes, it is a fascinating topic), pick up a copy. Available at Amazon.
Campaigns That Shook The World: The Evolution Of Public Relations by Danny Rogers
Ever since I started blogging, I became curious about what makes some PR campaigns more effective than others, and what those that shake the world have in common.This book tries to answer the question. Each chapter is built around a popular campaign. These include Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty, Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, the rehabilitation of the British Royal family after the scandals of the ’90s and even David Beckham. Although I find the topic interesting, the book is too basic, both for professional and casual readers. I already knew most of this stuff, so I was hoping for more detail. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Available at Amazon.
Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin
For those who don’t know Charlie Munger, he’s Warren Buffett’s financial partner. So, basically, an investment genius. To make his billions (or is it trillions, already?), he uses something called the Graham’s value-investing system. I’m not sure if it’s because the book is so short, the author so knowledgeable about it he doesn’t realise what’s obvious to him may not be obvious to someone else, or if I’m just thick, but I struggle to understand all of it. Oh well, it still makes for a fascinating read. If you are smarter than me, you can even use the knowledge within to make your own small fortune. Good luck. Available at Amazon.
Henry IV By Christopher Given-Wilson
Henry IV seized the English throne from his cousin Richard II, and held it until his death, when he was succeeded by Henry V (the one famous for its military prowess). Historians have long been fascinating with both Richard II and Henry V, while Henry IV seems to get lost in between. This book wants to remedy that, and does a great job at it. It tells you pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about Henry IV and more. The problem is the writing style: so boring and academic, only history geeks will be able to get through it. Shame. Available at Amazon.
Edith Cavell: Faith Before The Firing Squad By Catherine Butcher
Edith Cavell is the English nurse that was executed by firing squad by the Germans during the occupation of Belgium in World War I. Edith had moved to Belgium a few years before to open a nursing school and, when the war started, she began to help Allied wounded soldiers to flee the country. This was treason, because, once recovered, those soldiers could go back and fight against the Germans. It’s tragic that showing humanity can get you killed, especially when Edith was erroneously singled out (together with an accomplice) as the mind behind the operation, and thus sentenced to capital punishment, while the others were only imprisoned. I find her story tragically fascinating, but I didn’t realise, when I picked up this book, that it focuses A LOT on her Christian faith. So expect to read lots of prayers, Bible quotes, and all that stuff. Available at Amazon.
What are you reading now? Will you pick up any of these books?