If you haven't read anything in a while, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to pick up a book, especially now since Spring began and the sun's finally come out again. Get out into your garden, visit the local water hole or just sit in the park and enjoy yourself, I'm sure you've earned it.
The following three books are just a short and random recommendation. I've been reading a lot in the past months but some books stick more than others. In addition, they are very easy to pick up, to think about, to laugh and to reflect on. So nothing too heavy.
1) The Circle by Dave Eggers
If you are not into Social Media, this book might just speak about all those negative thoughts you already had. I was shocked at how much I found myself in the world of the circle and how much society might change for the worse in the next decade.
It is Intelligently written with an on spot description of society in the near future. It might already be the reality of our most beloved innovative companies of today, who knows? The thing is, the book makes you think about the aspects of a world where privacy is dead and everybody is transparent and how that changes your behaviour towards the "better".
A fascinating read all in all and for the skilled reader more than a doable reading-load for one weekend. If you are interested, here is the plot I took from the Amazon description:
"When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge." (Source: http://www.amazon.de/Circle-Dave-Eggers/dp/0804172293?ie=UTF8&keywords=the%20circle&qid=1461322392&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2)
2) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I've seen this book for weeks on different bookshelves in stores before I decided to have a read. I do not regret a minute of reading it. The Rosie Project is a wonderful tale about love and how weird we behave when we are in love. The love story between a geeky scientist á la Big Bang Theory and a chaotic girl is well written with lots of humour. Seriously, one of the few books taht made me laugh out loud regularly.
In its core it teaches us about life, its choices and how we can change ourselves, if we just give it a try. It also shows us how we just can't solve any problem with math, sometimes you have to trust your gut.
Loved it and for people who are curious, there is also a second part to the story called The Rosie Effect.
Here's the plot for you:
"Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper." (Source: http://www.amazon.de/Rosie-Project-Novel-Graeme-Simsion/dp/1476729085/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1461324072&sr=1-1)
3) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
So the last one I wanted to share with you is Eat, Pray, Love. This book is so resourceful that I recommend you read it once a year just to make sure, you are on the right track for yourself.
I was amazed at how deep and personal this book is written and how much you can learn from it. It shows how important it is to listen to yourself once in a while and to just do that what makes you happy.
Especially during Spring, this is a fantastic read to get you going for the year and to embrace the time that lies ahead.
Here is a short plot for you:
"It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So, she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her." (Source: http://www.amazon.de/Eat-Pray-Love-Womans-Everything/dp/0747589356/ref=sr_1_1?s=books-intl-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1461324210&sr=1-1&keywords=eat+pray+love)
I hope you find some joy in the mentioned books above. Let me know if you read one of them or even all of them. What's your opinion?
Thanks for reading!