Part II of a special series of posts in the run up to the holiday season! (Part I here) I asked a range of authors that have previously appeared on the site about their Christmas book recommendations. Hopefully these books might help you with your own Christmas shopping gift ideas too! :-)
Q. Is there a smart thinking book that you are looking forward to reading this Christmas, or one you would like to give or receive as a gift?
This was a hard one!! But I think I'll go with Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday - not a new book I know but it's still beautiful and I think very needed right now!
My Christmas book recommendation is The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn. It’s the follow up book to The Salt Path which Raynor wrote describing the 630 mile walk that she and her husband embarked upon after a business deal went wrong and left them homeless. The Salt Path was a story of hope, resilience and positivity. I’m looking forward to reading what happened next in Raynor and her husband’s life.
Having finished it over the weekend, I'd wholeheartedly recommend The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson as a gift for anyone interested in ways of interrogating life's big questions. It's a curatorial effort, amalgamating material from all sorts of places Naval has been; podcasts, interviews, tweets and more; and each page will make you stop and think.
At the moment mine are:
The Art of Resilience - Ross Edgley
Can’t Hurt Me - Dave Goggins
The 5AM Club - Robin Sharma
I’m looking forward to reading Beyond The Known by Andrew Rader. It’s a concise narrative of the exploration of the planet from our earliest days to the Space Age. The subtitle is ‘How exploration created the modern world and will take us to the stars’. The first 3/4 of the book takes us through the various adventures of histories explorers, the technology they used, and the changes they wrought. It’s a clever way of telling our story and the incremental globalisation of the planet. The last 1/4 looks at space exploration and its incredible challenges, but I’m assuming the first section will have set the reader up with an understanding of how we have the ability to overcome them. I’ve spent the year ploughing through some difficult reads for current research, not all of which I understood… so its going to be pleasure to read a well written broad brush approach about a well chosen subject.’
This is the book I want to read … but does it count as smart thinking!? - Only Happiness Here: In Search of Elizabeth von Arnim
Huge thanks to Siobhán, Gill, Ben, Jodie, Tim & Elizabeth for their great Christmas book picks!
Watch out next week for Part III of the series with more author recommendations :-)
Image Copyrights: Profile Books Ltd (Daily Stoic), Gill (The Burnout Solution), Penguin Books Ltd (The Wild Silence, The Salt Path), John Wiley and Sons Ltd (Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace), Magrathea Publishing (The Almanack of Naval Ravikant), Ben Mercer (Fringes), HarperCollins Publishers (The Art of Resilience, The 5am Club), Lioncrest Publishing (Can't Hurt Me), White Lion Publishing (Instagram Rules), Simon & Schuster Ltd (Beyond The Known), Elliott & Thompson Limited (Shadowplay), University of Queensland Press (Only Happiness Here).