I am glad to have biblio companions (The root, biblio, in Greek means Books, and oi filoi is the Greek translation for Friends according to Dr Google) . I hope that I shall continue to be blessed with having access to them. Over the past year, I spent a good amount of time with my biblio companions.
- Some books changed the way I see the world (Imagine a World by Rob Gonzalez for instance)
- Some of them changed the way I see myself (Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson for instance)
- Some of them changed the way I perceive others (Neurotribes : The Legacy of Autism & Neurodiversity – Steve Silberman, Everything in its Place – Oliver Sacks)
- Some made me realize that we come into a complicated legacy of humankind. (Storm before a Storm by Mike Duncan, Sapiens, Home Deus by Yuval Noah Harari, Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani, God – a Human History by Reza Aslan)
For instance, political climates may seem new to us, but Storm before a Storm by Mike Duncan made me realize that for millennia of mankind’s experiments with power and ambition, we have not really evolved that much.
- Then, there were books that made me hopeful of the world’s future such as (Moments of Lift by Melinda Gates)
- Some helped me laugh (P.G Wodehouse, Herge’s Tintin series, Asterix comics)
- Some helped me keep the fantasy and mythical aspects alive (Rick Riordan’s books, Ursula Le Guin’s Buffalo Gals & Lathe of Heaven, Circe by Madeleine Miller)
- Some made me stop and think (Bad Blood – Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff )
- Some helped me form my guiding philosophy (Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen)
- Some helped me understand the physical world around me better (Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin, My First Book for Quantum Physics – Ferrón, Sheddad Kaid-Sala)
- Some helped me appreciate the importance of life (Everything in its Place by Oliver Sacks)
I read over 130 books – some of the children’s books I didn’t kept track of. We do not keep track of moments, but aren’t they precious all the same? But, they all taught me something, even if it was as simple as holding my attention for a few moments at a time. (Alphabreaths – Christopher Willard (a clinical psychologist) & Rechtschaffen MA, Daniel (a counselor) Illustrated by: Clifton-Brown )
To that, I am grateful.
Here is to a wonderful reading journey in the coming years as well.