Reading life

2017 Top Reads

I read 31 books in 2017.  In true Rebel Book Club fashion, there was only one novel on my list (The Handmaid’s Tale); the rest have all been books which have taught me something.  I though I would pull out a few highlights as we close out the year, which proved to be a really difficult task – there were so many good ones to choose from!  I really enjoyed looking back over my blog posts and remembering what I read.  There was a clear theme to my reading with hindsight – how to live a long, healthy and fulfilled life – and I expect there’ll be more in that vein in 2018.

The Book I  Recommended Most Often

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity – Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott

What the Cover Says: Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?  Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse – life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers. Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways.  The 100-Year Life is here to help.  Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.

Why I Read It:  This one was a recommendation from the well-read Ben Keene.  As one of the founders of Rebel Book Club, Ben has great taste in books!

What I Thought:  I have not stopped talking about or recommending this book, which is probably all I need to say!  This book is incredibly thought-provoking, offering a robust analysis of increased life expectancy and what that means for managing your assets through a longer life.  The book is filled with solutions as well as being hard-hitting about the realities of a 100-year life.  I strongly urge you to check out their diagnostic to get a snapshot of your tangible and intangible assets.

The ‘Runners Up’

These are books that have significantly changed my perspective or deepened my understanding on a particular topic.

Emotional Agility – Susan David PhD (November 2017)

Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body – Jo Marchant (September 2017)

erior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story – Angela Saini (July 2017)

The Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Haidt (April 2017)

The Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman (April 2017)

Stumbling On Happiness – Daniel Gilbert (February 2017)

Tell me about the books you enjoyed reading the most in 2017.  What should I put on my list for 2018?

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