Allison Keating, author of The Secret Lives of Adults has some great interview answers and book recommendations this week! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Allison's book The Secret Lives of Adults:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl was a life changing book for me. I picked it up in the library the day before a Cognitive Psychology exam and I couldn’t put it down, I stayed reading it until it was time to go home. It was the pivotal line that there’s a gap between stimulus and response and so many more that live as a live narrative in my mind on a daily basis. To remember that we have the freedom to choose our response and the potential of that freedom is so immense and cathartic.
It was the light and hope that no matter what you experience in life that if you can find meaning in it, transforms your experience with it. I was lucky enough to see reality of this courage when I worked with asylum seekers who had experienced trauma and torture. Their courage and resilience was awe inspiring.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I am savoring every word and sentence in Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach which is pretty handy as I probably only manage to read two pages per night before I fall asleep. This has nothing to do the with the book and much more to the fact that I’m tired! It is amazing as each idea is so beautifully explained and I try to stay mindful of what I have read the night before, throughout the next day. I love books that you can put into practice. It is that magic in books that just keeps me coming back for more.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I have so many, and each chart out different times and experiences I was having, as I was growing up. I loved Tom's Midnight Garden, there was something so magical about that book that I feel it is still part of me.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Interestingly, I would have always said a book. As I currently recording my own book for audio this week I am definitely opening up to and I’m very curious to try audiobooks. This may be the new chapter in my love for reading.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
As I proud badge-wearing nerd, when I started being allowed go into town on my own as a young teenager I used to hit the bookshops first, I loved walking through the huge bookstores looking at the Psychology books. I also love Manor Books in Malahide. Local bookshops are so important . A highlight in my life was when I walked past the book shop one day and stopped in my tracks as I saw my book in the window for the first time and I was very uncool and very excited first time author.
Image Copyrights: Gill (The Secret Lives of Adults), Vintage Publishing (Man's Search For Meaning), Ebury Publishing (Radical Acceptance), Oxford University Press (Tom's Midnight Garden)