3 Book recommendations

I was searching Medium trying to find someone with excellent taste to tell me what book I should read next that doesn’t involve meditation or how to start my own tech company. I didn’t find anything. So instead I am posting three book recommendations I have for anyone who, like me, enjoys a fictional story where nothing much happens at all.

1. Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte pens a beautiful story that digs deep into the psyche of a growing Jane Eyre as she leaves school, works and then falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. Bronte is poetic in describing the complicated thoughts and emotions of Jane. This book leaves the reader with resounding feelings long after the final chapter.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This book is technically an autobiography, but Maya Angelou’s childhood was tumultuous and winding, it read like fiction. If you haven’t read this book, take some time to sit down and enjoy the prose and get lost in Maya’s sweet description of growing up in the south then shed a tear at all the hardship she endured. This book broke my heart and put it back together again which is what great writing does.

“To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision.”

3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This book sneaks up on you. French novelist and philosophy teacher, Muriel Barbery dazzles with rich, complicated characters and a truly unique story line about the friendship of a brilliant concierge and a young girl. This book opened my eyes to a style of writing so careful and subdued, never giving a way too much and always expecting a lot of thought from the reader. I’ll confess, I read it twice.

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”

What are you reading?

And what should I read next?