The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you every last Sunday of the month on what books I read in the previous month, what I’ll be reading next, and also updates on the book I’m writing. This month I could read 5 books (3 paperback and 2 Audiobooks), thanks to audible!
Books I read in December 2021:
- The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett ( Audiobook) – A good book on Creativity, more specifically, creative success. The author tries to explain how creativity is not some kind of meta-sourced power controlled by a muse, instead, creativity can be harnessed by knowing how it works. And more than that, he focuses on creative success, that is, how some people get famous and/or rich through creativity and why some won’t. He explains the bell-shaped creative curve, how a trend rises and falls.
- Linchpin by Seth Godin – A must-read for all hustlers, if I may call so. A very good book, an inspirational book. The Linchpin is the needle mover in the new economy. A Linchpin is the greatest of greatest asset to the world. And really smart companies hire linchpins over academic distinction holders. Seth Godin is one of my favorite authors. He explains how wrecked this old system is, how moving forward, the system has to and will change, and how linchpins are the ones that thrive.
- Zen in the art of archery by Eugen Herrigel – A short and sweet read. The book revolves around the author’s journey of learning archery through his master. And the journey reveals to us how similar it is to your life, whatever you are pursuing, and especially to your spiritual journey.
- Storyworthy by Mathew Dicks (Audiobook) – The author’s narration was a little uncomfortable to me at first, but then got used to it. This is a great book for everyone who’s interested in storytelling. You might be a writer, an aspiring wanna-be public speaker, a teacher, or you just want to engage, inform and entertain the people around you, this is the best book I’ve read so far on the subject. The author uses a few of his real-life stories as examples and comes back to them repeatedly to show other concepts that he’d explained in the chapter. It was really, engaging, informing, and entertaining.
- Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari – A thought-provoking book. The author makes you wonder about the possibilities by giving you a peek into history and the current scientific advancements that are happening and the notion that’s clearly visible seeing the lines trending towards. He makes you wonder if organisms are just algorithms, the difference between intelligence and consciousness, long gone religions, and the coming techno-religions, Techno-humanism, and data religion. As the author’s specialty is in history, he takes you along the whole book connecting the dots very easily. However, as same with Sapiens, it seems that the author is trying to avoid Bharath, its scriptures, greatest achievements of greatest achievers. He talks about consciousness but with a clearly naïve perspective. He talks about consciousness without knowing or mentioning anything about Advaita. He not once mentions the greatest saints and mystics of Bharath. He throws religion as a whole and never speaks of Hinduism. Either he knows that Hindu is not a religion but a science, or he’s just trying to avoid it, or he might just be so naïve as so do not know the greatest advancements in all of the topics he talks about. Again, like Sapiens, this is also a book written by historian leaving the most historic treasure ( Bharath ) off it. It’s a great book but incomplete.
Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.
Books I plan on reading next:
- Creativity Inc
- Creative Quest
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
- The code of extraordinary mind
- The obstacle is the way
- 21 lessons for 21st century
Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!
My Book Update:
- Published my book on the 1st of January 2022. Now available on Amazon too in ebook and paperback formats. Visit – https://amzn.to/3reDnuh
- A small glimpse of my next book struck me last week. It’s a good idea, but a lot to develop as it is very tiny and I have to integrate it with a wider topic so as to form a book.
- Also got another concept this week which I don’t how I’ll integrate into my book, but for sure it’s a great idea.
- I’ve kept my writing tools ready, I mean the google docs and OneNote templates, have started adding ideas and points to consider as I receive them. I won’t start writing any soon I guess, because either I’ll have to get a large and good breakthrough idea or I’ll have to think for days to develop the idea I’ve already got.
- By the way, yes the book is going to be a continuation of the quest of my first book, a life of fulfillment!
Sanath Kumar Naibhi