Happy Summer! For the BOB team, the warm weather means kicking back with a good stack of books. If you’re looking for a new read, check out some awesome suggestions below!
My absolute favorite book is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It follows the notion that all the gods anyone has ever believed in inhabit physical bodies and live on Earth. Neil Gaiman has a unique ability to immerse you in his mythical worlds. Overall, the story is fantastic and interspersed with comical social satire, and it will definitely leave you thinking!
I am constantly trying to find new ways to improve myself and be the best person I can be. The Road to Character by David Brooks is a great read to strive to build a life with humility and recognize our limitations. Brooks explores the powerful stories of leaders such as Dwight Eisenhower, Dorothy Day, George Eliot to inspire. This is an essential and eye-opening book to read in its entirety!
I’m currently rereading a book called Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I got this book in high school as a gift from one of my closest friends. I read through it then, but never have I appreciated it more than at this point in my life when I’m so close to graduating college. Reading this book – and I mean really reading it, taking notes in it, and making highlights – is an invitation for me to reflect on myself. When do I experience “flow?” What kinds of “flow” have I known? How do I continue to find “flow” for myself and, in turn, find more opportunities for self-fulfillment?
I recently started reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. After watching Duckworth’s TED Talk, I really started thinking about why we automatically assign ‘talent’ to successful people, completely overlooking hard work and perseverance. This book delves into her research on grit shines light on the lack of shortcuts to success and importance of finding and sticking to our passions regardless of how difficult it becomes or how many times we have to start again. As a college student, this book definitely leaves me reflecting on how I want to approach my future endeavors. Definitely worth a read!
Currently I am reading Lovecraft’s Monsters an anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and featuring many amazing science fiction and fantasy writers such as Neil Gaiman. All of the short stories are based off of monsters that the writer H.P. Lovecraft featured in many of his stories. This book is a great read for the summer especially since I commute! My favorite story so far in this collection has been “A Quarter to Three” by Kim Newman, it’s short, sweet, and hilarious! This book is a mixture of silly, scary, and strange, and definitely worth a read this summer.
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