I know, I know. This post should have been up about two weeks ago but life happened and I let it.
It’s actually a pity because it’s the first post of my monthly reading list segment and also because I really enjoyed writing it.
I had set a goal; to read a book each week of the month and I achieved it. I was on my book-a-week groove this month and it gave me a sense of accomplishment to achieve what I had set out to do.
This is one of those small achievements that shouldn’t really make that much of difference or impact but they do.
I managed to lock in five books, four of which I absolutely loved and would recommend for different reasons.
Two of these were motivational books, one a tragic romance and the other two were historical fiction. Here is my January 2018 reading list:
1.Angels And Demons by Dan Brown
Now Dan Brown’s books are known to be controversial and although some of his facts are usually not accurate, I am a big fan of his work.
Angels and demons is part of the Robert Langdon series. Robert is a symbology Professor at Harvard. In the books he finds himself solving murder cases where his knowledge in symbology is required.
Interestingly, I had watched the movie before I read the book so I knew what to expect. This was about ten years ago and even though I could remember almost every scene, I still enjoyed reading the book very much. I preferred reading the book because as much as my imagination was influenced by the movie, it was still better and also I am a sucker for anything that involves the classical elements; Earth, Water, Wind and Fire.
Robert is called to help in an investigation when a Physicist/Priest is found dead with a missing eyeball and the words Illuminati branded on his chest.
It turns out the deceased had invented high amounts of antimatter which is highly unstable and if it collides with matter it causes annihilation which is usually in form of an explosion as energy is produced.
They have to find the killer (Hassasin) hence finding the antimatter and they only have six hours to do so and oh did I mention that the story is set in one of my favorite cities in the world: The Vatican City!
And of course my favorite line: “You’ve never been to bed with a yoga master, have you?”
You would think that the action, controversy, solving murder mysteries and the suspense gets old but it really doesn’t.
I was young while watching the movie and hadn’t really taken that many Chemistry or Physics lessons so the idea of antimatter wasn’t really that intriguing at the time. It’s probably because I didn’t even understand the concept at the time.
2.The Origin by Dan Brown
I had mixed feelings about this one because it felt like he was trying to fuck with my religious beliefs(excuse my language ) but then again our beliefs are only as strong as our faith. I remember mentioning a thing or two about this in my previous post.
I can’t say I agree with Dan Brown’s line of thought in this or any of his previous books but I will not deny that the book was well written.
I will not even deny that I enjoyed it because I did. It was a lot to take in and I would recommend it if only it were to be read solely as a work of fiction and not as something that would be used to sway ones beliefs or lack thereof.
Robert finds himself in yet another murder mystery only this time he is not trying to prevent an explosion but to accomplish the deceased’s goal of explaining where humanity came from and where we are going or in other words how we continue evolving; where we are going while also disapproving the concept of God.
3.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I enjoyed reading this book. In fact it was one of those books I simply could not put down and had it not been for work or life, I would have finished reading it in a day. After all, who needs sleep any way?
OK, so I might be exaggerating a bit but i really did love how it was able to play with my emotions.
Like seriously one minute I’m on the verge of tears and the next I’m laughing or doing both because Hazel Grace was just so funny but then again the whole cancer situation and loosing the love of her life thing was just sad.
I lost a person that was really important to me and it was at such a young age too.I remember bawling my eyes out at his funeral and I don’t think anyone really ever understood the magnitude of that loss for me.
To this day I feel the impact and maybe it is because of this loss that I felt like the book was somewhat relatable. I want to compare it to tragedies such as William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet but I will let you be the judge of that.
4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
My brother sent me this one sometime last year and I kept off reading it until the beginning of this year.
It felt like the perfect timing because it helped set the pace for the year and even helped me in making my goals and resolutions for the year.
In fact, the very first post of the year was on the lessons I had picked up from this book.
5.The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes
I was so pumped when I got this book and could not wait to read it. I remember looking for it last year because I had seen the cover somewhere and it looked intriguing.
Remember the saying “Never judge a book by its cover”?
I wrote what I thought about the book in my previous post and would probably not recommend it unless you were in desperate need for motivation and was willing to trade off reality and practicability for a dose of “you are solely responsible for everything that happens to you.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are things that happen to us that are beyond out control. How we react to them however is usually up to us.
There you go; My January 2018 reading list. I shall really try to have these posts up on time which will mostly be the last week of each month or the first week of each month.
Until next time😙