I have just spend the last few hours trawling through my phone trying to close the numerous book-related tabs that I have left open over the past few months. There are still eighteen tabs left to go through so I’m going to declare this post a work in progress. Expect further updates!
1. Tim Ferris’ Top Tips
I am currently flicking through Tools of the Titans; Tim Ferriss’ excellent mishmash of interviews, articles and tips. One of the interviewees is Maria Popova, the founder of BrainPickings.com. One of the most read articles on her website is How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love.
My brother recommended that I sign up to the Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday mailing list.
Another recommendation in Ferriss’ tome is the inspirational video Make It Count by Casey Neistat. Well worth a watch as the new year approaches!
2. The Atlantic‘s ‘By Heart’ series
I stumbled across this interesting series of articles whereby authors share and discuss their all-time favourite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon, and more. The first article I read was about Min Jin Lee, the author of Pachinko, and what writers can take away from the Bible. Read it here. I love the opening line of the article:
For Min Jin Lee, the author of Pachinko, writing a novel is a nearly god-like act of creation, a way to preside over a small universe that authors fashion in the image of their beliefs.
This also lead me to the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017.
3. The Book Of Life
I discovered this unusual project after reading The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton.
It’s called The Book of Life because it’s about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, your anxieties.
Ultimately, life is only 700,000 hours long so we have to make sure the ideas we need don’t get lost – or take too long to find.
In a world overflowing with information, what we most need is curation. The Book of Life aims to be the curation of the best and most helpful ideas in the area of emotional life.
Read what it’s all about here then click on the home page to see the six chapters that are constantly being updated. This is an astounding project. The School Of Life is also worth a look, especially the shop!
4. Guardian Books’ Best
- Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End really took the literary world by storm this year. I was honoured to read and review the book this time last year. In this article, Barry talks about how his novel ‘was inspired by his radiant son.’ Click here to read it.
- Han Kang is another author on fire at the moment. The White Book is her latest offering and I am looking forward to getting to it soon. The Vegetarian and Human Acts were both examples of masterful writing that I have previously enjoyed. In this interview, Kang describes candidly how the presence of death and her personal health have influenced her career as a writer. Click here for more.
- See also In Thoreau’s footsteps: my journey to Walden for the bicentennial of the original de-clutterer
5. Delightful Daily Stoic Wisdom
Anyone who knows me will know by now that I love Ryan Holiday’s work and what it has done for Stoicism in recent times. I reviewed his book The Daily Stoic this year and I am currently using the new companion journal that comes with it. Here’s the pick of articles that I have been reading this month.
- 8 Stoic Secrets to Help You Build Mental Toughness
Take your pick from these articles or any article on the brilliant DailyStoic.com website!
6. Honourable mentions
- actionforhappiness.org is a website I want to take a closer look at. It looks like it is positively bursting with ideas for the new year.