Because I work in publishing, a lot of the time, reading is my job. That basically means that I have the best job in the world, but I used to get nervous that I would somehow burn out on reading, as if doing it every day at the office would make me stop enjoying it in my free time. I’m happy to say that has never been the case. If anything, I love reading now more than ever.
I do have to make time for myself to read, otherwise it’s just another thing at the end of the to-do list that gets overlooked. So every night before bed, I try to read for at least half an hour. If I get hooked on something though (which happens more than is good for my sleeping hours), I’ll end up turning the pages much longer than that.
Here’s what has been on my nightstand lately:
1. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. A nonfiction read that deals in psychology, sociology, and history. I found this book to be fascinating–it ties together concepts and events that had never even been near each other in my brain. The storytelling is so gripping that in the end, I felt inspired, as if this book had changed something small in me and pushed me to change something out in the world.
2. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. Maybe you’ve heard about a movie called Bridget Jones’ Diary? The movie (and its sequel) came from two delightful books by British author Helen Fielding and spoke to a generation of 30-something women. As a wallflower and someone who always felt a little mature for her age, I loved Bridget Jones even when I was an early twentysomething. Now, decades later, Bridget is 51 and dealing with a whole new set of problems while staying true to her original character. The book is smart, sharp, and a very quick read, and as a fan of the first books, I found it perfect for my nighttime reading.
3. How Does It Make You Feel? by Daryl Travis. The title might remind you of going to see your therapist, but this book is all about business and branding. It would seem the two are more linked that we ever imagined. Marketing, according to Travis, is all about creating an emotional connection with a customer. He explains how emotions create customer loyalty and how to use this knowledge to become a master of building your brand. A woman should always have business savvy in her arsenal, and this book does a great job making sense of our current marketing culture.
What have you been reading lately? I’m always on the lookout for my next great book.