My immediate post-college self chose what I read with the mentality “if this doesn’t level me up professionally, it isn’t worth my time.” I became knowledgeable in everything from mindfulness techniques to product management. Unfortunately, it turns out cutting out all of the leisurely content from your life turns you into something that acts more like a robot and eventually you get burnt out. Recently I started including more “for fun” written content into my routine and I can honestly say it made me more focused at work, more energetic, more reflective about how I spend my free time, and my hair definitely has much more volume. (Okay, maybe not that last one).
Anyways, the holidays are almost here and I’m excited to get to these books!
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy vol. 1 - Douglas Adams
Something I should’ve read a long time ago. Why is 42 so important?
- To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
After watching The Flash on CW since inception, I really need some time travel that makes sense.
- TBD! Recommend me something :)
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
I feel like the perspective gained from basic astrophysics would solve much of today’s societal ignorance. Let’s all learn! I’ll start!
- A Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl
A book I’m particularly excited about, given my interest in mindfulness and meditative psychotherapy.
- Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
One I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t heard of until recently. Empathizing with and understanding the perspective of people that don’t look like you is difficult. I’m expecting Between the World and Me to teach me a significant amount.
- 7 to Eternity - Rick Remender
Rick Remender. Enough said.
- Montress - Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
One of the most interesting comics I’ve read in awhile, both artistically and conceptually.
- Star Wars: Dr. Aphra - Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker
A woman bounty hunter, that works for, betrays, and is then hunted by Darth Vader. I’m in.
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James Mensch is the Director of Engineering at Threatcare and the CEO at Magnifai. I believe in building intelligent products, using data to drive decisions, and engineering for social impact. I write about some of the cool stuff I do with tech, productivity and motivation psychology, and my social innovation projects. Connect with me on LinkedIn or say hi on Twitter.