These are the books I read on holiday (in the order I read them):
- The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent. An excellent blend of historical anecdotes, actionable advice and modern day parables. Greene truly is the modern day Machiavelli (a compliment I’m sure he’d be pleased with). I’d give it a 9.5/10.
- The Stranger by Albert Camus. I read this in one sitting, on a beach in Ölüdeniz. To be honest, it blew me away. I didn’t really know how to think about it. It Beautifully written, haunting, and powerful. An odd story of a protagonist who refuses to play the game of life. Again, a 9/10.
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I’m massively into meditation. I’ve written about the powers of detachment and mindfulness at length before. The Power of Now is supposed to be one of the key texts of this relatively new movement. I enjoyed it, but think it’s somewhat overhyped. There was a lot of what I’d describe as ‘woo-woo’ stuff in there, that doesn’t actually help the message. Being able to accept that the present moment is all we have doesn’t require needlessly complex language and mysticism. Still, there is definitely some useful stuff in there, and perhaps it just wasn’t to my taste. A good alternative to this is Headspace, the book by Andy Puddicombe. 5/10
- Love is a Dog From Hell by Charles Bukowski. How can someone write like Bukowski? Brutal. Honest. Real. He captures the dirt and filth of what it feels like to be a human at times – it takes real courage to be that honest about who and what you are. I’m not a huge fan of poetry, and this was one of my first attempts to get into it. I wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think you will be either. 8/10
- Jingo by Terry Pratchett. After four pretty heavy reads, I treated myself. Terry Pratchett was one of the first authors I really got into – and one of the people who first made me want to write. He was a masterful storyteller: funny, clever, and infinitely creative. All three of the books I read on holiday were fantastic, although Night Watch is probably my favourite. Jingo gets a solid 8/10.
- The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. 7/10
- Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. 9/10
There were a couple of books I started reading but haven’t finished yet too – I’ll let you know my thoughts once they’re done.
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