I’m a horrible reader. Not that I can’t read, duh, but I make no time to read.
I put reading on our bucket list because I just want to get moving. On my list was reading about a place (I’m intrigued by Japan, China and India–thanks, Naomi!), and a biography.
Biography: Cue the biography of Steve Jobs. I’ve been meaning to read this book so I hit up the library and found it. In good old paper book where you actually get to flip pages! It’s huge, 600+ pages so not actually conducive to throwing it in my purse and going (like an iPad) but I love it. So far really interesting–especially for an Apple addict like me. iPhone 6 is coming out in August!!! YAY!
The biography is a very in depth look at his life and how Apple came to life. Steve Jobs actually reached out to Walter Isaacson several times to get him to write the biography, but he never agreed. After the author found out that Steve Jobs had cancer, he jumped on it.
Interestingly enough, Steve Jobs had no input in the book whatsoever and chose not to read it prior to publication. TONS of people were interviewed and it’s a very real life look at where he was. I’m only 1/6 of the way done (huge book) but so far I’m very intrigued.
So far my favorite quote has been related to his long journey in India on a quest for mediation and peace (something he was very into):
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things–that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.
Indeed, Steve. Indeed. Duly noted.
Country books: I’m not necessarily interested in reading a book about visiting, but thanks to my Third World Politics class in college (I really did enjoy that class and actually read the books), I’m interested in history and culture.
Right now this is on my hold list at the library: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China. Sounds interesting. It’s by Evan Osnos and just came out. It’s about the rise of the Communist party and its attempt to take control and the future of the country.
Not sure what I’m reading next. I started reading Insurgent and got really bored and distracted so I couldn’t finish it. It’s on the iPad so I can read it eventually when I’m reading.
I do know what I won’t be reading: Fault in Our Stars. Heck no. A book about a girl dying of cancer? Why would I even try to do that? PASS.
I always love chick lit and need to catch up on the “Shopaholic series.” I devoured that and love everything England. I swear I wanted to move to England after reading Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. The latest books don’t have the greatest reviews, so I’m not sure what I’ll read next.
What are you reading?