Rafa Euba, author of You are not meant to be happy. So stop trying! recommends a great group of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Rafa's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Are You Thinking Clearly?: 29 reasons you aren't, and what to do about it by Miriam Frankel and Matt Warren. We believe we are in full control of our minds, but this book explains how our thought processes and decision making are influenced and biased by a variety of factors, such as our erratic emotions, or even our body physiology. Thinking isn’t a purely intellectual exercise that can always be carried out reliably and too often we aren’t even aware of our biases, which this book helps us identify. It is an enjoyable and very engaging read. Unlike some other non-fiction books, which may be merely informative, this one will also entertain the reader from beginning to end. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The Age of Absurdity by Michael Foley. This excellent book explains why modern life makes it hard to be happy. It highlights the absurdity of our times, particularly in relation to our pursuit of happiness, but it does so without resorting to bitterness. Thought provoking and actually very funny.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Tintin in Tibet, by Hergé. In fact, I loved the entire Tintin series when I was a boy, and even now I still grab a Tintin book in bed when I’m feeling a bit rough psychologically. They seem to have a very reliable soothing effect on me. They are, admittedly, very male (there are hardly any female characters in them) and the plot lines can be a bit convoluted, but the Tintin books are as unique as they are charming and evocative.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I am a very avid reader and read both paper and e-books, but I haven’t learnt to love audiobooks just yet. I enjoy the feel of a paper book in my hands, but I also like carrying a small library in my Kindle.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I love Daunt Books in Marylebone, London. It’s a beautiful shop.
Image Copyrights: Crux Publishing (You are not meant to be happy.), Hodder & Stoughton General Division (Are You Thinking Clearly?), Simon & Schuster Ltd (The Age of Absurdity), HarperCollins Publishers (Tintin in Tibet).