I’ve always loved to read. I’m one of those people, who reads multiple books at the time. I always find a new and interesting book before I finish one, so I jump back & forth between reading them.
Watch less TV, read more books
One result of the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for me has been that I couldn’t stand TV or Facebook anymore. That started well before the election result.
The election circus, mudslinging and horrific things that became the norm, exuberated by the media made me turn away from the TV. My wife is the opposite. She wants to see it all, know it all and absorb it. That’s fine for her, but I can’t.
Instead I took to reading. Positive things, like uplifting biographies of people I admire and then more spiritual works about compassion and empathy, the things that were lacking so much in the voices of politicians and people on social media.
I started listening to podcasts and came across the Minimalists, who at one point said they removed all social media from their phone and only kept the Kindle app, so that instead of trolling nonsense on social media, they read more.
That piece of advice has been one of the best I’ve seen in recent years. The beauty is that every device with the Kindle app keeps track how far you’ve read, so you can always pick up where you left off, no matter if you’re on your actual Kindle, PC or your phone.
Since then I’ve read more and come to appreciate how many fantastic contemporary authors are out there.
That is one of the great things about our digital age. Anyone can publish a book. Of course it means that bad authors can publish, but it also means that good authors that wouldn’t make it through the filters of a publishing house, can now be discovered by the people.
If you want to see what I’m reading now, what I’ve read and how I liked it, make your way to my Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/75404728-bas-hollander