Almost every morning of mine starts with a book and a cup of coffee. And lots of evenings end up with a book and a cup of tea. Since the last blog post about books, I’ve read six more books. I guess it’s about time to share them with you.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
While traveling in Italy, I was reading a story written by one of the best Italian writers – Umberto Eco. It was the first piece written by him that I read. I knew nothing about The Name of the Rose. It simply attracted my attention because of a nice cover when I was looking for a holiday read on Italian writers’ shelve. And it also seemed long enough to be read for eleven days. Well, now I know what an extraordinary story it is and why Umberto Eco is such a well-known writer. The mesmerizing storyline, strong characters, and mystic life of a monastery combined together. That’s makes The Name of the Rose an intense and enchanting story.
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Bright pink book with such title was all I needed to give a chance for this book. I expected it to be a complete disaster or a treasure. Surprise surprise, it was a great book. Very real and funny, it was a perfect guide to hunting and fishing. Nothing too serious, just life and its lessons.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Usually, I find books about war and especially concentration camps depressing and incredibly sad. Of course, it is obvious considering the life there. However, since I saw the book The Tattooist of Auschwitz on the bestsellers list for quite some time, I decided to at least try reading it. Unexpectedly, it was a wonderful story of love and hope. I read it within two days. I cried and laughed while reading and wished me to be such strong as the main characters of this story.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
At the library, I saw a black book with the Nike logo on the cover. I took it without even looking at what exactly it was about. And it was the best book I’ve read in a long long time. Maybe I liked it so much because I’m interested in how businesses work, but I was enchanted by it. Never before have I read such an honest story of businesses’ ups and downs. It was also about balancing within work and family and also staying true to yourself.
Imagine. How Creativity Works by Johan Lehner
Again, I judged the book by it’s cover. Check out how Lithuanian version of this book looks like Vaizduotė: kaip pažadinti kūrybingumą. Not only this book talked about creativity and imagination but it also gave many real-life examples of how exactly creativity works. This is the field I’m working in daily (meaning I need to be creative on a daily basis). I found lots of practical tips and enjoyed it a lot.
Triggers: Creating Behaviour that Lasts. Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Mark Reiter and Marshall Goldsmith
The only self-improvement book I’ve read recently is this one. I find changing habits become more and more difficult for me thus I read this book. It has a lot of valuable information about self-change but, of course, for it to work, actions must be taken. That’s what I’m working on currently – following the tips and creating my better self.
These were the books I’ve read during Autumn and enjoyed a lot. There were a couple of others but they were returned to the library without finishing them. Well, and these ones were great for cozy times in my reading nook.