"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."~ Thornton Wilder
Lately I have had quite a few people ask me what is on my reading list. What types of books do I read? Well, I have quite a varied taste in books, but for the most part, I read books on self-development and books that help me to learn more about the way the world and the Universe work. On the rare occasions that I read fiction, I gravitate toward science fiction...but not exclusively.
I am not the type of person to have only one book on the go. I usually have 4 or 5 books at varying stages of being read at any one time. I am also fine with owning books that I have not yet gotten around to reading yet. There have been times when I have purchased books that I have not read for years after the purchase…and it doesn’t bother me, as it does some of the people I know.
I mention purchasing books. I usually purchase the books that I read. I often will refer back to the books, and I don’t like to have to go and borrow them from the library, or other sources, again and again. That being said, I do borrow library books (usually in electronic format for my e-reader) on occasion.
I read books on my e-reader, in print form, on my computer, and in audio format (obviously audio is not really reading, but I do listen with the same focus I have when I read.)
So what have I read recently? Here is a partial list:
- “The Alchemist” – Paulo Coelho (See, I do read some fiction)
- “As a Man Thinketh” – James Allen (For at least the 20th time)
- “Becoming Magic” – Genevieve Davis
- “Dreams Into Action” – Milton Ketselas
- “The Four Agreements” – don Miguel Ruiz
- “Infinite Possibilities” – Mike Dooley
- “The Map” – Boni Lonnsburry
Here is a list of what I am reading now:
- “The Magic of Believing” – Claude . Bristol
- “Aspire” – Kevin Hall
- “The Astonishing Power of Emotion” – Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks
- “The Power of I AM and the Law of Attraction” – R. J. Banks
- “The Power of Starting Something Stupid” – Richie Norton, Natalie Norton
- “Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation” – The Great Courses (This is an audio program)
- “Start” – Jon Acuff
As you can tell, I like to read. I find that reading every day helps to develop my mind. I like to read several books at a time because I find that I inevitably pick books that work with my mind in tandem. Ideas from one book will help with my understanding of another, and vice versa. Some of the things I read get quite involved and take some assimilation time, which I find easiest if I occupy my mind with other things…like a different book on a different topic.
I encourage you to read to develop your mind, to open yourself up to new thoughts (new to you), to consider what others have to say about things you may be interested in. I suggest you be open to trying new types of material…you may just find an area of interest, or even passion, that remained hidden until uncovered by a book on something unfamiliar to you.
You needn’t take the author’s word for everything they write…as a matter of fact, I encourage you to question what you are reading. If it doesn’t ring true to you, search out other material on the subject. Look for other “experts” or “authorities” and compare. Give your own thoughts a chance. You might just come up with a totally new perspective on a subject.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."~ Joseph Addison
What have you been reading lately? Leave a comment and let the community know.