Let me start this post off by saying …I read a lot.
And not just ‘cus it gives me that sexy Librarian, nerdy look, either. I read mostly because I’m an introvert and its how I recharge. And its also because my mom was a librarian and I was pretty much born and raised in the library. Also, I currently work in the library part-time, so I guess you can say me and my relationship with books are pretty serious.
FUN FACTOID: Please say the BR in liBRary, fam. Librarians and library frequenters silently judge you when you say lie-BERRY. Ya welcome.
Ok, anyway. Because I read so much, mostly books about personal development and of course, personal finance, people ask me what I’ve been reading, lately.
So, this month, I thought I’d share with you!
I am currently reading: Silence In the Age of Noise, written by Erling Kagge.
This book is worth the read if you are looking for a different perspective on the importance of silence in a loud and chaotic world.
In the first few pages, Erling Kagge writes about a conversation that he had with his three teenage daughters. He was attempting to tell them that “the world’s secrets are hidden inside silence, ” something which they doubted because it seems many “secrets” can be found from the comfort of their smartphones.
Soon after that exchange, Kagge was asked by a group of students in a Scottish pub, the following thought provoking questions:
“What is silence?”
“Where can it be found?”
“Why is it more important now than ever?”
Pondering the answer to those questions, he came up with thirty-three responses, which is what he seeks to explain.
The book is very thought-provoking and I am glad I read it. It has definitely helped me to look within for peace and finding my own inner silence despite my chaotic mind and whilst living in a forever busy world. Definitely recommend.
Two quotes from the book that really resonated with me:
“I believe silence is the new luxury. Silence is more exclusive and long-lasting than other luxuries…..On top of that, silence is an experience that can be had for free. And it does not need to be replaced with the next season’s luxury goods.”
“Another form of luxury is to be unavailable. To turn your back on the daily din is a privilege…You have fought your way into a position where you couldn’t care less if someone wants to contact you.”
“Noise is also connected to class divisions….Silence has become part of the disparity that gives some few people the opportunity to have a longer, healthier, richer life than most others.”
Have you read this book? Let me know what you think, in the comments!