Fiona Brennan, author of The Positive Habit spoke to me about her favourite books and has some great book recommendations below! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Fiona's book The Positive Habit:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
It is really hard to choose one! However, the book that has had the smartest/most positive influence on me is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The simple and yet highly challenging task for our minds to live in the present moment is so beautifully explained by Tolle. I often listen to his teachings and see him as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
How to Love by Vietnamese Monk Tich Nhat Hanh, a very simple message again, the smartest ones usually are. It teaches us the importance of loving others with understanding and acceptance. I am currently working on my second book, The Love Habit so soaking up all things on love.
I also like to read fiction, a novel that I recently re-read was The Magus by John Fowles, I love to read a book that I read maybe twenty years ago and see how the book has not changed but my perspective has shifted. It is the story of a man on an existential journey in Greece and he gets caught up with a macabre group of people who play with his mind in a cruel way.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Enid Blyton, The Magic Faraway Tree. Imagination is a huge part of my work and as a child, I just loved the idea of a magic tree that you could encounter all sorts of worlds at the top.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Reading on paper and I listen to a lot of audiobooks as I make dinner, do housework etc.. It is a win-win situation.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I love any bookshop, I get lost in them and I am the ideal customer as I never leave without buying a book, It seems like a sin to leave without a book. I grew up in a house lined with books, my Dad's study is actually like a bookshop, so I have been very blessed to have been given the love of reading from an early age.
Image Copyrights: Gill (The Positive Habit), Hodder & Stoughton (The Power of Now), Ebury Publishing (How To Love), Vintage Publishing (The Magus), Egmont UK Ltd (The Magic Faraway Tree)