Look what arrived at my door from Amazon.com today! If I cannot open my door to loved ones or to nature, opening it to a box full of good books is just the best. Voila a treasure box of good summer reading:
"Buddha's Brain - the practical neuroscience of happiness love & wisdom" had great reviews so I thought I would give it a try. I love anything Wayne Muller writes so was thrilled to see he had a new book on the market, "A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough". And the book, "Digital Expression" looks like it could be a relevant read after I finish my Internet course on digital editing in Photoshop Elements.
Last but not least is "Hitch 22", a memoir by Christopher Hitchens. I think I am one of the few people that love much about this man. Yes, he is a bit of an intellectual snob - but I love listening to his arguments with regard to politics, religion, morality and God. He unflinchingly stands up for his beliefs and will demolish you like a gnat if you float an ill-considered opinion. I do not always agree with his points of view, but I am always intrigued to hear his take on any issue. You can rely on him to be provocative and to make you think. I just read that he has had to cancel his speaking tour promoting this book due to a diagnosis of esophageal cancer.
After briefly leafing through each book I am sure I want to keep five of them. One I am considering returning.
Can you guess which one is on the chopping block?
Three of these books have an immediate magnetic draw and will compete for my attention at the same time.
Two others will be put on the shelf to enjoy later in the summer. Can you guess which three are immediate must reads for me? I will post again to share my perceptions of each book later this summer.
What are you planning on reading during the next couple of months? Let's construct a great suggested reading list that we can all reference.
A few hours later:
Thank you to those of you who shared some of your personal reading list for this summer.
The three immediate must reads for me are the Wayne Muller book, the Christopher Hitchens book and the Digital Imaging in Photoshop Elements book.
The book I plan to return is the Ralston Book on 'Unknowing'. It just doesn't appeal 'in person' - and - having read most of Ken Wilber I do not feel the need to be instructed on levels of consciousness by Ralston. It also seems a bit absurd to have to digest over 500 pages of knowledge to learn about 'unknowing'.
I recall how indignant I was after plowing through all of Ken Wilber's material in one book for him to say in the final pages that all of the previous pages were irrelevant because everything is essentially nothing. Grrrr. The thing that finalized this decision, is the way Ralston has numbered his chapters and paragraphs as if they were the books and verses of the Bible. Hmmmmm ... no thank you ... back you go.