I haven’t updated this series since August, so I thought it would be a good time to check-in on what I’ve been reading as of late.
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett
This book came as a recommendation from Jujimufu (aka. Jon Call) on YouTube. In addition to putting a greater focus on fitness and health, I’ve been trying to be more mindful of the physical state of my body. I know that carrying around a lot of extra weight is hard on the joints, but I do a lot of stuff that is also bad for my body, such as poor lifting mechanics, sitting and slouching in my chair at work all day, poor mobility and stretching habits, and not addressing niggling pains in my knees. I picked this book up to help me be more mindful of good body mechanics, improve both my flexibility and mobility, and to address common pain I feel in my joints.
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
I first stumbled across Esther Perel through a TedTalk she gave a few years back, and again through the Audible Original mini-series released about her couples therapy experience. I heard she recently released a book on infidelity, which got me looking at her other books. I decided to pick up Mating in Captivity since I am getting married next year and it seemed relevant to future-me (the idea of sustaining passion in a relationship over the long term). Are there problems with my love life? No, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn something from an expert to ensure I’m mindful of my relationship moving forward. If I want to be the best partner that I can be, then it means I should pick up good practices and insights wherever I go. Long-term relationships are subjected to a lot of life changes (career, family, children, age, economy, etc.), and I’d rather be aware and exposed to things that threaten to cool the passion over time to better handle them down the road.
The Bookshop on the Corner (A Novel) by Jenny Colgan
This was a splurge purchase through the Bookbub mailing list I joined (they send daily lists of discounted Kindle ebooks on Amazon’s website). The story is about an ex-librarian who decides to take a chance and buy a large cargo-truck to turn into a mobile bookshop. I’m about a third of the way through the book and am enjoying the story so far. It partially takes place in Scotland, which was a happy coincidence for me (I traveled to Scotland in July of 2016). Truthfully, one fantasy I have is to retire and own a bookstore. While this might not be an accurate picture of my future, I can still dream, can’t I?
Find Your Why by Simon Sinek, David Mead, and Peter Docker
A burning question for me concerns itself with purpose. In a broad sense, I’ve been reflecting on purposeful living and articulating my values, but in a narrow sense, I’ve been exploring what gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment at work. Because I lack that definitive feeling of purpose at work (that I’m working on what I’m meant to do, whatever that means), I’ve been doing some soul searching, working with a career adviser, and reading this book. I’m not very far into the book, so I can’t provide a lot of comments from it, but I liked Simon Sinek’s previous books, and so I’m looking forward to working may way through this one.
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
This list wouldn’t be complete with an update on which Pratchett Discworld book I’m on. I just finished Moving Pictures last week, so I’ve just now moved on to Reaper Man. Death has been a favourite character of mine, so it was nice to return to a Death-centred story.
These aren’t all the books I’ve got on the go (shamefully, there are books on my previous lists that I’m still plugging away at), but it does give a good snapshot of what you’d likely see in my hands.