Middle of April already, and I haven't finished a book yet. I'm lazy this month and feel like I'm a bit burned out on reading. I have started Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, and I can't get myself to read more than a few pages per week.
Usually, when this happens, I read something very lightweight and quick. To get the muscle going again and all that. I have yet to read a paper book this year, so maybe, we'll go that way.
Regardless, here is last month's reading list.
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
A short book, so a short review: It's good, nothing groundbreakingly new, but well presented. I had never heard of the Toltecs before, and I'd like to dig deeper into this culture.
The Four Agreements
Originals by Adam Grant
Mediocre, although pleasantly written book. The anecdotes are fun to read, but nothing struck me as surprising enough to highlight. (This is the type of book I tend to review by the amounts of highlights I made: a lot of highlights, good book. A few highlights, not so good book.) Also, I ended up skipping a whole bunch of chapters. Meh!
Personal Socrates by Marc Champagne
The questions are intriguing, and most profiles interesting. But this book could easily be shorter (and better) by removing a lot of fluff. However, I had to skip the chapter about astrology altogether. Why was this included? A little side-note: Baron Fig is one of my favourite brands in general, so I was astonished seeing them be the publisher of this book.
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
And there I was, convinced that Science Fiction is mostly about spaceships and aliens. This book is fantastic. Every short story is an absolute joy to read, and I can't wait to dive into Chiang's second short story collection, Exhalation.
P.S: There is one story about spaceships and aliens, and the movie "Arrival" is based on that one.
Stories of Your Life and Others
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
An essential book. It's a dictionary of all the different emotions, states, etc. Having the exact definition of words while talking is crucial in avoiding unnecessary frustration and even hurt feelings. Also, I believe the power of language is an essential factor in fully understanding and communicating our inner world. Read this!
Atlas of the Heart