[December 31, 2021] Reading is essential for reasons that are too well known to discuss. But I will make an observation about many younger folks I’ve worked with over the years. Many say to me, “I don’t read.” And I believe them because I also see them falling behind their peers in work, family, and social settings.
At one time, there was a hunger to read, study the classics, and discover new things. So many young people spend a greater portion of their time on social media and watching television (an old trend). The effect? Less time to read, which leads to a lessened desire to read.
For my last blog post for the year 2021, I wanted to end it on a positive note. This “trend” is not reading is surely not positive, but I believe there is a turnaround just over the next hill. Why? I don’t know why but I can see it nonetheless. I see younger teenagers disengaging from social media and spending more time with others. This has led to a greater appreciation for reading.
For that reason, for those who desire to read more, I have a few books that I’ve been enjoying. These books are not just classics in the English Literature venue but are worth the time spent just enjoying them. So, for my last post of the year, here are some books that I enjoy:
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Hemingway on War by Ernest Hemingway
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
I know what you’re thinking; what a weird mix of classics, fiction, deep philosophy, and off-the-wall books. Yes, that is what makes it so interesting, so different (not boring), fulfilling, yet they force me to think at several levels simultaneously.
I look forward to reading and encouraging the young to read more.
I’m not closed. We will continue into the New Year 2022 with great abandon! Read Well.
NOTE: Some other books you might consider: https://www.theleadermaker.com/books-im-reading-these-days-in-2020/
Please read my new book, “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” at Amazon (link here).