Creative Expression | March 17, 2020 |

Our March Reading Selection

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Our March Reading Selection

Questions: what do a Japanese Master, a New York Times Reporter and an early-19th Century Polish-English Novelist have in common?

Answer: Each of them found their way onto our March reading list.

This collection might be wide-ranging, even a little eclectic, but we think you’ll enjoy each of these classics for a different reason.

Reading is one of those things we can enjoy together without gathering in public. Reading is something you may initially do on your own, but taking the extra step of sharing what you’ve read brings people into your zone. With that being said, here are three books that should keep intrigued while you’re indoors.

March 2020 Reading List

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Author: Haruki Murakami

If you’re not familiar with Murakami’s writing, be prepared to fall into a deep hole of poetic bliss. And although his writing can be categorized as literary fiction, his words transport you into the world he describes on the page more authentically than most living authors. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is one of Murakami’s masterpieces and follows a young boy who gets unexpectedly shunned by his closest friends. For years he doesn’t know why… until he does. You’ll never guess what the reasons are without reading Murakami’s masterpiece.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business

Author: Charles Duhigg

Once you dig even a little bit into the human mind, you’ll be surprised by what you find. And that’s exactly what author Charles Duhigg does in what many consider a self-help classic. The Power of Habit takes you from NFL locker rooms to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies on a deep and meticulously- informed journey of how our habits shape our behaviour. You’ll be shocked at some of his discoveries. In short: you might have guessed that habits are powerful, but you can’t possibly intuit just how powerfully our patterns shape who we are, with a far-reaching impact on our money, earning potential, health, happiness, and just about everything else.

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad

OK, so I know we said we want to keep it light amidst the gloom, but there’s some irony to this book that you might appreciate. Joseph Conrad sets this story at a time when colonialism is still thriving on the African continent. While the story Conrad details may be difficult to accept, the images he creates stay with you forever. Heart of Darkness is often considered one of the books that shaped the 20th century. It’s one of those novels you can brag about having read to your book-nerd friends. And yes – bragging online is just as satisfying as doing it in person. :)

Boomerang Book Club is coming soon to our Members’ Site. Stay tuned for details. Boomerang is committed to connecting virtually to share skills and interests with like-minded people. Community doesn’t have to mean physical presence. See you at a Boomerang Workshop soon :)

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