Jess' Mess


Some of My Favorite Books

Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. I remember swallowing books after books as a young girl, which usually comprise of teenage romance novels. Yep I was guilty of that. I still enjoy fiction today, I thought Sputnik Sweetheart was one of the best books I've ever read. But somewhere along the way I started gravitating more towards non-fiction. I must admit though that I haven't done so much of it for a while, mainly because I got quite fed up with reading as uni reading materials kept piling up. I suppose time management is key (and I'm really still struggling with that) - but that's a story for another day!

My favorite book of all time is no doubt Mastery by Robert Greene. It is a very in-depth analysis of what makes some of the most successful people on this earth as successful as they are, and how they got to this point. In here you'll find stories about all time greats such as Mozart, Darwin, and Ford to name a few. A truly inspiring book, I'd highly recommend this to anyone who needs a bit of a push in the right direction.

A book I'm reading right now is Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I'm about halfway through the book but I can tell you that it's gold. We think that ego comes in only one form, but it really peeks through when we go down the rabbit hole of overanalyzing and overthinking. Really really eye-opening and I'm enjoying reading it so far.

That brings me to my next favorite which is The Obstacle Is the Way by the same author. I've been meaning to give this another read because I just remember feeling very determined and inspired after reading it. I think that's the kind of feeling I'm looking for when I read this kind of book - it may sound corny I know but I like to think that reading is a tool to gain knowledge and learn more about the world as well as about yourself.

These three books have the same kind of style, which I guess makes sense because Greene was, or maybe still is, Holiday's mentor. There is a storytelling narrative to it that is followed by an analysis of these characters' behaviors and how their behaviors helped or did not help them to accomplish something.

I think I will revisit a book by Greene that for some reason I never finished. And then I will be on the hunt for a new book, so any recommendation is welcome!

Jess x