Words, words, words….

So, I have been reading books all my life. Well, ever since I can remember. My dad was head of the local library and through this priviledge I spent quite a lot of my childhood in the company of the written word. Everyone in my family read and to me it seemed like I was surrounded by books.

I still read as much as I can get away with.

Growing up in the fifties and sixties reading was probably a more normal way to spend ones freetime, whereas today there are many supplementary choices like ebooks, audiobooks, movies, televisionseries etc. and access to these can be had on our smartphones, computers, tablets and TV.

Now I am not putting any of these options down.

Each of them has pros and cons and as society developes, as well as technology, we move on embracing even more sophisticated ways of storytelling and factfinding and -learning. So, logically there is nothing wrong with this evolution of how information is being delivered. And I am by no means a ludite, as my blog proves.

But for me books have a charm that no technological invention will ever be able to provide.

The feel of the paper, pages turning, the sweet smell of the printed texture, the quiet atmosphere as I delve into the written word and the complete surrender to the world of the story as it unfolds before my eyes and in my mind.

I am at peace.

There is no humming from electrical equipment, no distraction of my attention wondering if there is a mail on the way or an sms etc., no lighted background interrupting my melatonin-production and no wifi messing with my natural brainwaves.

In short to me books represent a sweet calmness where I can immerse myself  in a parallel timeline cocreated by the author and myself, completely unique and blissfully void of any interference.

Some books worth mentioning

Starting off with a quote from A. A. Milne from Winnie the Pooh because I am such a fan of Winnie and all his friends. I read in the book ever so often and find the Zen-like ponderings are just so amazing and applicable in life.

I read ‘Eye of the storm’ by Martin J. Weatherill and enjoyed it very much. It is all about how to stay centered in the middle of a storm, a life-storm that is. It is wellwritten and the suggestions are easy to apply in life. I found it a very calming read.

Sinda Jordan’s book ‘Inspired by angels’ is a collection of channeled advise from the archangels. This book had me from the first page. I even marked special pages to reread again and again. I actually did read the book twice.

John Bergman’s book ‘How to be healthy and heal the body with recipies for life’, a very light-read about 50 pages, is full of guidance to a healthier life and has excellent recipies and easily applied advise on healthy living.

Now Robert Moss’ book ‘The boy who died and came back’ is a book I just could not put down once I started. It is an exciting read, real lifestory with many tips and exercises for dreaming better dreams and being a lucid dreamer, thereby learning and being in better control of daily life.

‘Someday, someday maybe’ is by Lauren Graham about her life in pursuit of an actingcareer. This too is a book I found hard to put down. It is smooth and wellwritten and does have a lot of intelligent wit.

Afterlife by Jeffrey Long and Paul Pervy is a really interesting book deriving facts from numerous studies on life after death. This subject is a persistant interest of mine. I have read all of Michael Newtons books on the subject and of course the books from Brian Weiss and a few more like Raymond Moody’s books and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ etc.. These latter two dates years back though.

‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir I first heard as an audiobook and the bought the papercopy which I am currently finishing. This is an excellent combination of science and humor which I absolutely adore. I will watch the DVD when it appears on the market and the book will be reread I am sure.

Then there is Jeanne Duprau’s ‘The people of Sparks’ the followup of ‘City of Ember’ and it is really enjoyable science fiction maybe meant for a younger audience, but I can definately recommend it for adults too.

I did also hear the audiobook ‘City at worlds end’ by Edmond Hamilton and it is classic science fiction about the aftermath of a devastating war leaving one city intact. Also enjoyable.

Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas shrugged’ is about 1000 pages long and I am working my way through her philosophy of Objectivisme which is really well explained and the story of the book, written in 1957, takes place in 2015/16 where the breakdown of society is actually representing exactly, or more or less, what we are experiencing in the world today. I have watched all three movies based on the book and I have found it helpfull in delving into the book itself, so also highly recommendable.

Just finished Douglas Adams’ ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ and that I can definately recommend. It is written with surreal humour and is about a detective who does his research using metaphysics and timemachines and it is very entertaining.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff is an introduction to the Tao, the way, and it is beautifully written and very thoughtfully layed out as a conversation between the author and Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Excellent book and definately worth a reread or two.

Books

I love to read and I my reading over the years have included a wide variety of books on history, philosophy, environment, culture and metaphysics, just to name a few subjects.

I also enjoy novels especially on future like Orwell’s ‘1984’, Doris Lessings ‘The memoirs of a survivor’, Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas shrugged’ (which I am currently reading alongside other books) etc. and some science fiction as well like Douglas Adams’ ‘The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy’ (an incredibly funny read and one that I return to at regular intervals) and more recently David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and Andy Weirs The Martian.

The latter one I first heard as an audiobook and then read (well 40 more pages to go) and to boot I am looking forward to the DVD-version. This is also an incredibly funny read, has me laughing out loud so much that I will probably reread this several times. I love the combination of humour and science.