What attracts me to an author? Initially it is probably an accidental meeting. It could be the cover or the title or the review that I read in a magazine, or it might just be “in my face” at the time. You know how it is – you visit someone, they make you a coffee and you can’t help but look at the book on the coffee table – and you are hooked. Has that ever happened to you?
So, my favourites are:
M.Scott Peck – the first one I read was The Road Less Traveled. Others include The Different Drum; People of the Lie; A Bed by the Window; In Heaven as if on Earth and In Search of Stones. I didn’t realise it at the time but I believe his writing has influenced my own style (or how I would like my style to be).
Alain de Botton – the first one of his I read is called Sophie’s World then The Consolations of Philosophy and then I went on to read Status Anxiety which I really enjoyed. His writing sparked in me a deeper interest in philosophy.
Steven R Covey – his famous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is one of my favourites. We had a book club at work a few years ago and that was one of the books we studied.
Martin E P Seligman, PhD. is another of my favourite writers. I enjoyed Learned Optimism; What You Can Change and What You Can’t; and Authentic Happiness. I learnt a great deal from these books and thoroughly enjoyed the journey. He is one of the pioneers of Positive Psychology teaching.
Sydney Banks – The Missing Link – Reflections on Philosophy and Spirit – Sydney Banks may not be as well known as the other authors but his writing is profound, full of wisdom and beauty.
There are many more but that will do for today. I DO read novels as well sometimes. Since I have my Kindle I am enjoying downloading free books, some of which I would never thought of reading before. I am currently reading an eBook about George Washington.
There are so many books and SO LITTLE time!