Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman's (aka Parks and Recreation's very own Ron Swanson) first book is a gloriously titled autobiography with fascinating and plain weird stories narrated in detail. While the first chunk of pages explore the burly thespian's upbringing, early life and career; the book really excels when he periodically dishes out some 'Oh-so-good' life lessons such as "Measure Twice, Cut Once", "Let Your Freak Flag Fly" and my personal favourite, "Don't Be an Asshole!" Simply put, this is a book about and by a humble artist who has found his place in life and wants to share a bit of wisdom, love and some whiskey. Absolutely recommended to anyone intrigued!
pages 334 / easy-reading / anytime, anywhere / make notes
How to Age by Anne Karpf
Part of Alain de Botton's School of Life series, How to Age is a calm, collected, precise commentary on all things associated with ageing. Providing clear, reasonable ideas and questions, helpful information while debunking social myths and laying down some honest facts; are all the reasons why I want to re-read this book every year. Sometimes funny, sometimes heavy, but altogether thought-provoking, this book is like a warm Grandma answering questions that you probably should ask again every time you turn a decade older.
pages 134 / take it slow / make notes / discuss
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A hefty slab of fictitious fantasy from the gothic genius that is Gaiman. The first 1% of the plot can be described as a kind-hearted bodyguard gets an offer from a shady businessman. Needless to say, a lot more happens that entail modern, washed-up versions of once-omnipotent and ancient Gods from all over the world. It's not something Gaiman is unfamiliar with, and he merges the everyday with the divine, effortlessly and beautifully. Similar to his previous works on Sandman, American Gods explores ideas of mortality, faith, identity, fate and many more fun subjects. With a shitload of mystery down its dark and twisted path, this sure is a page-turner. Enjoy!
pages 588 / anytime, anywhere / mature readers