Monday, December 4, 2017

What I'm Reading December 2017

It's the last month of 2017! How crazy is that? My goal this year was to read 17 books (here's the list of books that I wanted to complete), but as of the end of November, my book count is 14/17. Here's what I'm reading this month and mini reviews of the books I read in November. 

This Month's Books:

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse 
I've read this book before and really liked it. It's very spiritual and deep, yet easy to read. I don't remember much of the plot, so it'll be nice to gain a refresher. 

The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
I adore Tim Ferriss and listen to his podcast and read a lot of articles that he writes, but I haven't taken the time to read his books. I thought I'd start with this one because it's what he's best known for, but I also want to read the 4 Hour Body and Tools of Titans because I've heard wonderful things about both books. 

Last Month's Books:

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
This is the book that won Hemingway his Pulitzer and came highly recommended to me from many people. Until reading this book, I was only familiar with his early work during the '20s and '30s (such as The Sun Also Rises and Hills Like White Elephants). This book is on the shorter side, but is about a Cuban fishing village and an Old Man's attempt to catch a fish. It's full of motifs and examines the relationship between nature and humans and destiny, dignity, and demise. It is an easy read, but a beautiful one, and if you're into any of the Jazz Age authors, this would be a good book to read. 

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
This book is way different from what I imagined. If you've ever seen the movie The Secret or heard about the law of attraction, this book is that concept applied to wealth. This is not a book with physical steps that you can take to achieve wealth, but is a book with mental steps that you can take to put yourself in a mindset to achieve wealth. It has a lot to do with visualization and goal setting, and I think that it's useful for people in all sorts of situations. It is a little pseudo-sciencey (although let me point out that the power of visualization is scientifically backed, especially in athletics) but worth a quick skim through nonetheless. I want to go back through the book and pick out the goal setting exercises and actually do them now, because the first time I was reading for content and not actively applying the principles to my life. 

Driven - Robert Herjavec
I've read this book before, and I really like it. It is a business/self help book that doesn't sound too formal. It's full of lists and do's and dont's and is such an easy book to read. It's definitely not my favorite book like this, I prefer Fredrik Eklund's "The Sell" much more, but it's not a bad read either. 

Let me know in the comments what books you've read lately and your thoughts on them! I really hope to get through three more books so I can make my 17 in 2017, but 14 non school related books during a year is probably a new best! Make sure you're following on Bloglovin to get updates when new posts go up!