When I went to check my jam-packed mailbox today, amidst all the bills and Christmas cards from friends, there were two thick bubble-wrapped packages that all book lovers recognize- yay for new books! Naturally, after opening them up, I realized my winter reading plan might make for a good blog post.
This winter as I unwind at my family’s North Carolina cabin, I plan to finally indulge in these two recently released books, plus another work of nonfiction from 2016 that I’ve had my eye on (warning: I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they have great Amazon reviews and are written by trusted authors!):
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
As a kid and through my teen years I wanted to be a sitcom writer; I grew up with Seinfeld, SNL (Tina Fey was my hero back when she was known for writing, not acting), and all the classic 90’s shows that made us millennials addicted to TV, but also heightened our curiosity about the action behind the scenes. That’s why I didn’t think twice about purchasing Seinfeldia. I’m not interested in hearing about the actors’ lives, but I’m told that this book focused on the writers and the unconventional approach that Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David took to creating a sitcom that broke all the rules. This winter, I hope to get a taste of the sitcom writing life that might have been.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World Class Performers
by Tim Ferriss
In this phase of life, I’m not interested in taking on new routines and challenges because a book tells me to (not at the moment, anyway). However, I enjoy Tim Ferriss’s books, and after flipping through Tools of Titans at Barnes and Noble recently, I realized that I’m interested in this book for reasons beyond the content it includes. It’s almost formatted like the best encyclopedia or textbook you could imagine, with bolded words and boxes of interesting text on each page, which is not how bestselling authors typically organize their work. Because of the unique formatting (maybe it’s something I’ll try in the future..), and also because it had some great ‘get to sleep faster’ tips, I’m pretty excited to take a highlighter to the pages of this new release.
From Student to Professional: An Essential Communication Soft Skills Guide for Aspiring STEM Professionals
by Gino Perrotte
This one might be best suited to professors, students, recent graduates, or those looking to advance their career, but it was a surprise in the mail from one of my instructor friends, and I was just thrilled to see it in print and hold it in my hands. For all you teachers out there, grab this paperback and help prepare your future students for the real world with the valuable insights from Perrotte’s easy read.
Happy reading, learning, and living.