Reading is great! Over the past several months I have up'd my reading game and can say that its has done wonders for one's intellectual capacity and diction. Like most, I found myself reading a lot in college and then falling off for a couple of years to work on my career and climbing corporate ladders. Since picking it back up, I have felt more aware of current events, more relatable when talking to introverts, and more confident when speaking publicly.
The first book I finished was a book called Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. Easily my favorite book so far. I was switched onto this book by a friend in Austin, TX, where Cline is from, who told me that it was excellent and had a very compelling plot. He was right. I recommend you read it for yourself, but for those interested, a movie of the book is coming out in December 2017 and will be directed by Steven Spielberg....enough said!
The second book was the infamous new release by Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman. I have little to no positive words for this book. I was so pumped to see another book come from this author, since she is known for her book To Kill a Mockingbird; but after reading it I found the book to be boring, riddled with racism, and often going off on tangents that could have only been reached by one who indulges to in too much herb. The one positive thing I need to say about this book is that it is wonderfully written. The diction and the way she writes the characters is beautiful. I definitely I found myself reading a higher caliber of writing, but still do not recommend this book to my friends.
Finally, since I am getting married in the winter, I wanted to read more on relationships and how to keep them successful. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful lady in my life and she recommended I read The Five Love Languages. I approached this endeavor like most guys do,....cautiously pessimistic about delving into a self-help book. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading the book although sometimes I found it repetitive and preachy about common knowledge. There is a great quiz at the end of the book that lets its readers find out what love language they are and how they stack up with the other languages. I suggest anyone in a relationship read this book but just as a teaser, the five love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Which one are you?