Books at my Bedside (Sept ’18)

Feb 26, 2019 | Reading List

Books at my Bedside in September

Julia Franckh

I love to read, the kind of love that makes me unable to pass a bookstore without browsing through today’s bestsellers, as well as some of the dustier editions hidden in the back. I try to read at least 30 minutes a day, usually in bed as a way to wind down and fall asleep with new impulses. At the end of every month, I publish a blog article of the books you could find on my nightside table and a few thoughts on them. This is the September edition.

Normal People

By Sally Rooney

Normal People

Books like this re-spark my love for fiction. Such a touching love story, but not in the unrealistic love at first sight, butterfly and roses kind of way. But in a real, heartbreaking, yet beautiful manner as we follow the same two people weaving in and out of each other’s lives throughout time.

Beautifully written: I wanted to absorb every word and metaphor Salley Rooney used to describe the main two characters and both their internal and external struggles.

Normal People is also a great reflection on the psychological struggles individuals go through whilst growing up and trying to find their identity.

Notes on a Nervous Planet

By Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

This book is essentially just a published version of Matt Haig’s stream of consciousness, or at least it feels that way. He is incredibly frank and honest with his thoughts, feelings and observations, allowing you to dive right in there with him.

Because of the writing style it is a quick and easy read, with lots of food for thought on what is going on in today’s world. I found myself recognising myself in so many of his internal dialogues and smiling as a result of it.

Lovely read about living in a fast-paced, overstimulating world and how to deal with it.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

By Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work Week

Tim Ferriss will completely change your idea of work, life, and retirement. For people struggling within the hamster-wheel of 9-5s (realistically 8-6s) this is a refreshing perspective of what work-life can be.

For entrepreneurs and already self employed individuals this book had some great tangible tips and tricks. It also really pushed my perspective of outsourcing, having a personal assistant and managing your workload in the most efficient way. My main mental shift came from the entire automation section, specifically the chapter on outsourcing.

Great read to shake-up your set ideas of what a life is meant to look like and how work is meant to be done.

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