I spend a lot of time reading and I love the thrill of discovering a great story. Moreover, I like how easy it is to learn about and understand a new topic without having to do extensive hours of research. This summer I have a small pile of books I have to get through before the end of the season; most of the books on my list are non-fiction but there are plenty of plays and one or two novels I’d like to get through too. As I’m starting drama school in September I think it would be advantageous to surround myself with good plays as that’s most of what I’ll be working on during my 3 year course. Anyway, in no particular order, here is my list:
- “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” by Ramit Seth
I’ve just started on this and so far it’s really practical and coherent. Ramit provides a 6-step programme to take control of your personal finances, to develop secure money-management skills and for creating a positive relationship with money. I recommend this book as a good starting place for those who want to organize and properly handle money-matters.
- “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
Daniel Kahneman explains the two systems that both influence us to think in a certain way and which control the way we make decisions. Kahneman offers useful information on how choices are made in various environments (e.g. professional, private lives, etc.) and how best to make decisions that are productive, practical and which improve our experiences.
- “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne
Rhonda Byrne is well-known for her book “The Secret” which is centred around the law of attraction and manifesting all that your heart desires. “The Magic” is a 28-day programme that provides techniques, such as gratitude and positive affirmations, that help to bring about real changes in your attitude and perspective, leading to better results in all aspects of your life.
- “The One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes
This novel is about Jess Thomas who is a single parent struggling to make ends meet. Though she is very optimistic, things aren’t working out well for her. Ed Nichols is that rich, good guy who’s just made a silly decision with major consequences to follow. We follow the two on an unlikely love story that is both touching and very raw.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
This book is a personal development book with an old-school approach because it doesn’t focus on simple tips and tricks that may or may not change your habits. Rather, Covey shares ideas that are based on principles, the stuff that makes a person who they are, in order to create a lasting and beneficial change in your life.
6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies’ maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families’ homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell – but it is so much more than just stories.
I’m excited to read this book and then watch the film as it was highly recommended by a friend.
6. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
This book presents research on the habits and profiles of millionaires in the USA. The authors have identified seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.
Plays to read include:
“The Birthday Party”, “Betrayal” and “The Homecoming” by Harold Pinter
“Uncle Vanya”, “The Cherry Orchard”, “The Seagull” and “The Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov
“A Doll’s House”, “Ghosts” and “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen.