It's that time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner, and most people are finishing up school/uni/TAFE/work and getting ready for their annual summer holiday.
And what better time than now to lose yourself in a novel! Reading will not only keep your brain stimulated over the break, but it will help with creative thinking, improve your vocabulary and simply provide you with a wonderful form of entertainment or inspiration.
We've put together a list of recommendations for your holiday reading. We hope you like these as much as we did.
The Art of Fear, by Kristen Ulmer
(Recommended by Mike Larson, CEO)
I recently finished 'The Art of Fear' by former extreme skiing champion Kristen Ulmer. There's no doubt Kristen has taken on some of the scariest peaks in the world, and later in her career moved past overcoming fear, to embracing it. I found this book to be a thought-provoking read from an inspiring lady.
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories by Scarlett Thomas
(Recommended by Evelyn Levisohn, Marketing Manager, APAC)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferris
Tim Ferris is known as the 'Oprah of Podcasts'. He has over 100 million subscribers to his podcast, where he interviews "world-class performers". This book is a summary of the highlights from his interviews. It is a short-cut into the minds and secrets of exceptional people, their habits and tips for success. Each chapter is devoted to an interview and this way, the book is great for a quick read before bed as you can literally open it up anywhere and skim through the highlights of one of his interviews. He builds rapport with each of his subjects, asks fascinating questions and gets really interesting answers.