Last week when I posted books 10 + 11, I asked for some quick wins/fast reads. My friend Beverly suggested Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. My husband is a big Hemingway fan so we happened to have that one on the shelf. It took me a couple of nights but it was a good, quick read.
I guess I'm on an Atul Gawande reading binge. I liked Better a lot so I reserved his other books. He tells some really interesting stories. The Checklist Manifesto was good too. It really makes you wonder how to apply checklists to your own complex problems. Again if you're interested in the idea of quality or improvements, his books are worth checking out.
If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, then you know that I've been thinking a lot about intention, purpose, and story. Today as I finished up this post, I took a moment to question myself. Does this fifty reads project serve my purpose? Does it help me tell my story? Is it leading to my intended outcomes?
Yes and no. This reading project is not helping me paint better, only painting can do that. But it does seem to help me with ideas. From reading, I get ideas for things to paint, topics to write about, and new ways to work. So for now, I think it serves a purpose for me and I'm going to keep with it.
I have a huge pile of books to read now. There's no way I'll get to them all but here's what's waiting for me:
Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect | Matthew D. Lieberman
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End | Atul Gawande
Change: What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation | Jeffrey A. Kottler
The Pearl | John Steinbeck
The Year My Mother Came Back | Alice Eve Cohen
Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message | Tara Mohr