On the bedside table or in the bag, which books are my favourites this month? Ahh, yes you see if you want to be a good writer you must also be a good reader. Read a lot. Your creative energy will grow without you even having to think about it.
So what am I reading at the moment?
The Lost Symbol
Actually this is my current audiobook in the car driving the hour and half morning and evenings. Lasting a long time as unabridged it runs 16 hours! Feels like wading sometimes, but fabulous novel, lots of great stuff to follow up on. Third Robert Langdon book after “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”. This time Langdon is caught up in a plot to reveal the Ancient Mysteries guarded by the Freemasons.
Octopussy/The Living Daylights
Finally book 14, reaching the end of reading the collected works of Ian Fleming. Although this is the last of the Bond books, I will also read “Thrilling Cities” and possibly his brother Peter’s book “Brazilian Adventure”. I love Fleming’s prose and the style and class he exudes. Like the well brought up and privileged man he was, good taste and culture pour off the page, but also passionate humanity and human flaws. His books age but never get old.
Driven to Distraction
Edward M. Hallowell
Thoughtful and practical book about diagnosing and living with ADD/ADHD which I do . . . hey don’t run off it’s not catching! Huh! Cheeky. Wonderful insights into my condition and amazing to know other people suffer the exact same way as I do. If you have it or know someone who has then get this book.
Think and Grow Rich
The great grandaddy of all self-help books, still required reading because I find it really uplifting and useful in all kinds of ways. Lots of good tips about how to motivate yourself and how to find your passions. Much more cosmic than you would expect, with a tinge of the Masonic or Rosicrucian beliefs, unsurprising given the source of most of the ideas; Hill interviewed many of the leading millionaires and entrepreneurs of the turn of the Century, all of whom must have been Masons.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The best book about the making of RHPS and hugely enjoyable especially for a Rocky geek like me. I participated in the show in the 80s, and interviewed Richard O’Brien a few times so I feel like I have an “in”. There was a time when we used to attend the Saturday night double feature of Rocky and Young Frankenstein at the Screen in Baker Street almost every other weekend. Don’t Dream It – Be It.
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