Week 2: (Nov. 10 to 14) hosted by Leslie – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Hi everyone! How is your week going so far? Are you participating in Nonfiction November? I promise I’ve been trying but… let’s just say that NaNoWriMo and school are taking it out of me pretty good. I have collapsed into bed and instantly been asleep before having the chance to read the entire last week! Oh, well. I will get to them eventually!
Be the Expert: Books on Buddhism
While I’m no true “expert” I have read a handful of books on the meaning and study of Buddhist beliefs and I thought I might share those here today! Maybe you’re not religious or spiritual in any way, and that’s okay. I don’t feel that Buddhism is overtly spiritual unless you want it to be. It is, essentially, the practice of being a good human.
- The Dhammapada based on the teachings of Buddha himself is a great place to start to get an idea of what Buddhism really is. Utterances on compassion, kindness and learning ones self are the root of Buddhist study.
- The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is an amazing read regardless of your beliefs. It is an homage to his teachers of all walks of life and encourages accepting our differences and views on life and religion as the key to happiness and contentment.
- Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child by Thích Nhất Hạnh discusses the use of Buddhist practices to encourage wellness and balance mental health. Mindfulness is the heart of the book and gives practical ways to achieve it. This book has been particularly helpful for me!
Become the Expert: Books on Historical Events & People
Okay, okay–these aren’t all about the same event/person, etc. But, let’s just overlook that fact so I can squee about them, alright?
I cannot wait to read all of these!! I started the audiobook version of A Train in Winter but it moved so slowly that I felt I would do better to read it myself. I also managed to talk the library into ordering Empty Mansions and The Professor and the Madman just for me. :D There are a few perks to working in a library!
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
- Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman
Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Or do you have any suggestions for my
already impossibly long TBR pile? :)