“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another month, another book haul.
What follows are this month’s pickings. Being the bibliophile that I am, a couple of patterns will be quite evident, which thankfully led to some intriguing reads when time was available. There were even some fortuitous garage sale finds which were a pleasant surprise.
All in all, it was a solid month of reading, although didn’t read as much as I would have liked due to unforeseen circumstances. That said, life will be life, and books certainly help through the journey in myriad ways.
The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore
Looking for a source of inspiration to summon the muse more often, The Mindful Writer seemed like a sure bet.
In similar footsteps to the War Of Art by Steven Pressfield where the author dabbles within aspects of the writer’, The Mindful Writer was even more inspiring then conceived at first blush. Not only is the book a lightning quick read, but it also features a mindfulness approach that other books could feature but do not.
If you’re looking for a book that dabbles in quotes that are thought-provoking, employs writing that is purposeful and inspiring, while echoing the Zen point of view if mindfulness, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.
Magicians Of The Gods by Graham Hankcock
Graham Hancock has been researching Ancient Civilizations for a few decades, with his landmark piece Fingerprints of the Gods which is easily his magnum opus. Magicians Of The Gods is the sequel to that touchstone of alternative history research of ancient civilizations.
Fingerprints Of The Gods was one of the first books I read about alternative history and it was as in-depth as it was thought-provoking. It captivated me for various reasons, not the least of which was the author’s methodical and thorough research of verifiable sourced materials which broadened the alternative history perspective considerably. Without a doubt, Hancock’s research set the bar high for the author’s future work, and because of that, Magicians of the Gods will be expected to deliver in similar sound fashion.
Although I haven’t had the time to read this book, really hope that over the next month or so I will be able to read it. Either way, a review will promptly follow after the book has been thoroughly read.
Curiosity by Alberto Manguel
As an avid reader, and someone who has spoken about the importance of curiosity, finding out about this book was like a child finding a gift on X-mas morning. That said, I actually have not read this book, but plan on within the next month.
Curiosity is one of those indispensable qualities that are important. Unfortunately, this s also why modern public schooling seeks to stamp it out while they wish all to conform and make individuals manageable.
As award winning teacher and 30-year veteran of the public school system, John Taylor Gatto stated in the Weapons Of Mass Instruction, the true purpose of public schooling is simply to engineer division, conformity and control. In fact, these are some of the reasons why Gatto quit teaching within the corrupt schooling system and began speaking at length about these pervasive issues.
For all those reasons, and more, I am really looking forward to reading this particular book.
The Library At Night by Alberto Manguel
Another great book authored by Manguel, this book was purchased having not only had a great respect for libraries, but also because libraries are one of those places where many unexpected and yet life changing circumstances took place. To not get this book and read it would be a crime!
I can definitely say the book was everything expected and a bit more. For what it’s worth, the review for this book just got published today.
A History Of Reading by Alberto Manguel
Wanting to do a little bit of research on the history of reading and books, this book felt like a natural place to begin that adventure. Learning the author was a lover of books simply sealed the deal. Now having read it, the book was definitely worth the time.
If you appreciate reading and books, you will love this book. The review for this book was written a few weeks ago.
The Elements Of Style – Classic Edition by William Strunk Jr. Edited By Richard A De A’Morelli
Having read The Elements Of Style 4th Edition by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, this book seemed like a natural addition to avail myself of some writing tips.
Unfortunately, the book was a huge let down for reasons mentioned in this review. Needless to say, although the book had some noteworthy points, it was a huge fell quite short from what was expected.
Origins Of The Sphinx by Robert M. Schoch Ph.D. & Robert Bauval
This is a truly scholarly dissertation into a more precise dating of the Sphinx that makes a lot more sense than the mainstream explanation. In any case, Origins Of The Sphinx samples a wide array of data on a redating of the Sphinx – enough for the layman, and plenty still for the academic.
More can be read about this book in this review.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
In one of his recent posts entitled Ayn Rand Reconsidered, Jon Rappoport from [JonRappoport.wordpress.com] spoke at length about Ayn Rand, her characters and her work in respect to Individuality. This quickly became the impetus for me purchasing the book.
Since I respect Individuality a great deal, getting this book was a no-brainer. Read the book right after receiving it, and it’s hands down one of my favorite fiction books without a doubt. There really is no other book like it. A review of it can be read here.
How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie [Miniature Edition]
Having read this book in college, thought it practical to get this brief synopsis of that work.
Curiously, the book’s size shocked most people even though it was stated as “miniature”. There might have been some tampering with the description according to one reviser. However, when I myself read the description it was stated as a Miniature Edition, and saw nothing wrong with it, especially since the book only cost $5. I really wasn’t expecting much more than what arrived. That said, I do understand some people having wanted a larger book however, so I can empathize with their plight.
Goddess Of The Market – Ayn Rand & The American Right by Jennifer Burns
After reading The Fountainhead, I made it a point to seek out as much of Rand’s work as possible. Although a lot of what she states I am still ruminating upon, regardless, I still very much appreciate her point of views, especially about individuality.
Whether I agree with her, or anyone else, matters not. What matters is what I can learn from said individuals, and there’s much to learn from Ayn Rand.
Being able to gaze through the eyes an intellectual from decades ago is definitely something I intend to do more of, and thought it sensible to follow suit with more of Rand’s work.
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Along the same lines as Elements of Style 4th Edition, On Writing Well is another salvo into my self-directed learning process about writing. The book was worth every penny, and made me consider writing in ways I had not previously thought of.
Veterans of the craft will know many of the tenets, but for me, being a neophyte, it offered much for contemplation.
The Chicago Manual Of Style 15th Edition
Mirroring the above book, this book was purchased to serve as a reference for particulars rules about writing.
This is not in any way to make writing mechanical, but to makes sure some of the simple mistakes that can be glossed over are swept away from the page before they arrive at writer’s row.
The Art Of Fiction by Ayn Rand
Having thoroughly enjoyed Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, which is a veritable crashcourse on all things individuality, and having read nothing as meaningful in fiction from anyone else with such depth, The Art Of Fiction became a natural target for my curiosities on Rand’s point of view on writing fiction.
Unfortunately haven’t read it, but will do so within the next month or so and a review will certainly follow.
Phenomena by Anne Jacobson
Having experienced some paranormal circumstances in the past prompted me to search for answers. At the time, this led me to read books on remote viewing and extra-sensory perception. After reading many significant books on the subject and finding much purchase in most of them, seeing Phenomena available piqued my curiosity on the psi phenomena considerably.
Unfortunately, for many reasons this book was an absolute failure, which can be read about here. There are much better books out there to say the least.
Battlefront: Twilight Company (Star Wars)
Needing a hiatus from all the non-fiction books I’ve been reading, and being a veritable Sci-Fi junkie and avid Star Wars fan, my sights were set on this particular book.
So far I am only a fourth of the way through the book, but it’s been rather engaging, intriguing and consistent on all areas. I might review the book if time permits, time will tell. Regardless, unless the story drops off a cliff or something unexpected takes place I cannot see myself not enjoying the book.
As far as unplanned purchases are concerned, at a garage sale, James Patterson’s Private Berlin and Max were found, as well as Robert Ludlum’s The Rhine Exchange & John Grisham’s The Whistler. All of these totaled a whopping $2 collectively.
How was the month for everyone else? Any of you read anything enjoyable and/or intriguing lately? Were there any hidden gems that shone fortuitously on your path? Feel free to share them below, for I would really enjoy hearing what other people are reading about and finding intriguing.
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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.
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