Currently Reading 01
This is part one of what I intend to be a many part series of reading lists from Tyler & I. While the scene of us sitting on the couch reading a book is pretty rare, you'd definitely find Tyler listening to a book on his motorcycle or see me turning up the volume on my newest audible download while I cook dinner. (If you're wondering about the books we're holding, well, they're just shelf ornaments we used as props. Behind those pretty spines, we have our headphones on **listening** to our books which are NOT written by Charles Dickens.... truly sorry for the confusion this must cause.) ;)
I have a hard time doing anything now without listening to an audible book or a podcast (speaking of which, maybe I should put together a podcast list too!) Call it multitasking if you like, I call it "doing more things at once." I love the ability to move through books while also moving through an art project, or a giant pile of laundry, or cleaning the bathroom, or cooking dinner,...or trying to escape the tower I'm trapped in with my long flowing hair.
So, as I'm sure you've thought to yourself by now... "'Currently reading?' she's not reaaaading. It should be 'currently listening'... and then she could include those podcasts she talked about." And to you I say: you are absolutely right.
Since we're married, Ty and I have to read all of the same books (that's how that works right?). Although we haven't BOTH made our way through all of these... we are both in some way reading (or just finished reading) these four book-aroonies:
1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Did I warn you there would be profanity in this post? Well there most assuredly IS profanity in this book, but also prolific information! I'm about half way through and all I have to say is, the wisdom in this book makes me want to shout "HALLELUJAH I'M FREE," and then get off the treadmill, stop thinking about business plans and obligations and people to please, and book the next flight to Munich, where I will meet that poor German poet I was destined to fall in love with and we will elope to the Alps where we will spend our days teaching our children how to farm blackberries. If you need some hard love about the real ways to be happy with yourself & life: read this guy. (Hint: Okay, okay, it's probably not gonna be the German dream thing. Real Talk: This book has helped me keep perspective on what really matters, and what's just not worth caring about!)
2. Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by: Bill Nye
Guess who's back...back...back? Back again? BILL NYE'S BACK! Tell your friends.
Bill Nye narrates his book, and it's such a privilidge to hear the authors passion and intended tone. You can basically hear his colorful bowtie through his voice ;) This is a particularly useful book for anyone studying the relationship between religion and science (or maybe I just think that because that's what it was for me.) He discusses the creation of the universe and man from a very scientific perspective (to be expected, science guy). Very educational if you'd like to learn more about evolution.
3. Sapians: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
This book may literally rock your world. The chapters about myths stayed in my mind for weeks. Harari, in his "brief" 900 page history of humankind starts from the beginning and speculates further than what we know in the present time. This compelling book will *wise you up* on some of that history of the world stuff that Bill Nye talks about, but Harai goes deeper into psychological and social developments that brought humans to where we are now (and where we may go in our future). He addresses every thing from religion, to culture, to Neanderthals, to Artificial Intelligence. I've got to end my blurb here or I'll write an entire essay on this book. READ IT.
4. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Okay this one may be cheating since I finished this one 6 months ago! I wanted to talk about it before some of the other books I'm just starting because, well, it was to the moon and back! Or should I say to Mars and back! haaaaaaaha.
Most know his name and know of his companies. However, this biography was a holistic look at this IRL Iron Man. If you live on Earth during this decade (oh hey that's all of you!), you should not only know his name, but thoroughly research Musk's record breaking, earth changing achievements in three industries: Energy (SolarCity), Automotive (Tesla), and Space (SpaceX). Side note: I do have a low key crush on Elon Musk so, maybe I'm a bit biased, but after you read this book, you'll be crushing on him too ... (but maybe also be slightly afraid of him).
The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark (Tyler's halfway through this one!)