1. The Magicians, a novel by Lev Grossman. I’m halfway through it as I write this, and loving every minute. The Magicians is a fantasy novel for grown-ups — one reviewer said that it is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. I haven’t enjoyed fantasy writing since I was a kid, but this book is very, very adult, and the main characters happen to be very, very quiet and cerebral. In fact, The Magicians might make a good pick for the Quiet Online Book Club, about which more soon. (I scoured the Internet for a sample chapter, because generally I prefer to recommend weekend readings that are only a click away. But I couldn’t find one, and made an exception.)
I can also report that Grossman was a guest speaker at my authors group a few months ago. I couldn’t attend that meeting, but everyone said that he was soulful and witty and that half the members had a crush on him.
2. “How to Live Before You Die,” Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford: three inspiring stories from Steve’s life.
3. Jonah Lehrer’s “The Frontal Cortex,” a science blog, has been one of my favorite web visits for about two years now. This most recent article, on where bad moods come from, is a typically fascinating post.
I would love to hear what you think of these picks. And if you have any of your own weekend reading ideas…please share!
Enjoyed Steve Jobs’ commencement speech! Here’s another good piece to read: The Last Lecture by Prof Randy Pausch. http://www.thelastlecture.com/aboutbk.htm
It is a very inspirational book.
I just finished the Magicians recently. It’s very dark but quite good. I’ll be curious to see what you think of the second half.
Thanks for sharing these new reads! I’ve added some of them to my Amazon wishlist.
It looks like the link to The Magicians only has one slash (/) after the http: part.
Loved the Magicians . I am reading books by Charles DeLint - urban fantasies based in Canada . He always creates characters that I can about .
Whoops, I meant to say care (not can ) about .
Hi Susan. I recently found your blog via Gretchen Rubin/The Happiness Project and I’m hooked!! I am an introvert who LOVES quiet alone time. (Hence, I’m up quite early on a Sunday morning just so that I can get time to read stuff I love . . . when it’s QUIET). I’m a regular now . . and I’m so excited. #6 on your “Twelve Things I Believe” is so true. I work in a classroom and often try to find ways to let the quiet kids know it’s ok to be quiet.
Thank you so much for the suggestions!
And I so love reading suggestions. Especially now, since it has been way too long, since I found a book I can “get lost in.” Must look for “The Magicians.”