I love to read – I think it is one of life’s great pleasures, although despite that I still don’t get quite as much time as I’d like to plough into my books. As such, I am always interested in refining my to-read list, to get maximum value out of my reading time. This year one of my resolutions is to read at least one book a month – and many of those will be business books.
I think it’s incredibly important to keep alert to new trends, new ways of thinking and new ideas that can help evolve your business and its market impact – not to mention your own growth as an entrepreneur and a businessperson. Especially when the nature of business is changing so quickly – and in such exciting ways.
Did you hear that Bear Grylls is writing a series of thrillers? I read a lot, particularly thrillers, and while Bear Grylls is undoubtedly a clever man, I just can’t imagine his novels standing up against big names like John Grisham and Robert Ludlam. In saying that, he’s not really doing it alone. Grylls has apparently been given a £1 million contract to collaborate with novelist Damien Lewis to produce the thrillers. So he’s in fairly good hands.
I’ve always wanted to write a book myself actually, so perhaps theirs a bang of jealousy involved in my negative thoughts on Bear Grylls’ yet-to-be-written books. I don’t know if I’d be able to manage a thriller though. Well any genre really, but thrillers in particular. I really admire how cleverly the great ones can weave a plot line together full of twists and turns. You’d think they’d run out of unexpected plot lines at some point!
I’m a big reader. Every day I make sure I find a bit of time to sit down with a good book and just get lost in it for a while. Well, more than one usually; I’ve always got more than one of the go. I’ve just finished my last one actually, and now looking for a new one to get started on. Here are a few that are apparently worth a read:
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
This is his debut novel, and since it was released, it has received an incredible amount of hype. It has even been compared to books written by Roth, Franzen and Bellow. They’re some rather big names to live up to. What I know is, the book has sold over two million copies and has won three French literary awards. It’s about a man who is trying to write his second novel, but after reaching a standstill he goes to see his old writing professor, when soon afterwards a body is discovered on his property.
One of the great things about being in Val Thorens is that it gives me plenty of time to sit back and relax. Sure, the skiing is fantastic, but it’s also nice to just be able to spend an afternoon relaxing in our new apartment with a good book. I think there is no nicer way to spend time than reading a novel. And after a long day on the slopes, it’s a great way to recuperate.
Not a bad reading spot