I was tagged by dearest Syakirin and Becca to list the books that have profound impact in my life. So here we go:
1. On Writing Well, William Zinsser.
Much of how I write today, I owe it to this man. The essence of non-fiction writing is rewriting, it is more about letting go of the words rather than adding more in, all without losing your voice.
I still have a long way to achieve that, as such I will always remember the words of Thoreau, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”
2. Masters of Doom, David Kushner.
I read this book three times when I first bought it. It tells the story about John Carmack and John Romero when they first teamed up to create Doom, a video game that revolutionized the industry for years to come. It is a tale of passion, friendship, betrayal, and a portion of a lifetime spent on tabletop RPG.
And I tell ya, Kushner’s storytelling is just superb. Even the technical bits is explained masterfully, I came to appreciate how important gaming is to push the boundaries of technological advancements.
3. How To Talk To Anyone, Leil Lowndes.
I was socially awkward as a kid (okay I still am), but I did crave for that love and attention. I needed to talk to people. BAM, enter How To Talk To Anyone, the chick-flick version of How To Win Friends And Influence People.
Most of the techniques explained are corny and don’t even make sense, but that doesn’t matter as much because Lowndes is just hilarious and charming.
4. Do Tampons Take Your Virginity?, Marie Simas
I bought this memoir on Amazon merely to test online shopping, yet it turned out to be one of my best purchase ever. The humor is as crude as it is genuine, and by the end I just felt glad that I’ve met this woman in all her stories.
5. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Although I’m extremely disappointed by how self-absorbed the author is in his later works, I make an exception for The Alchemist. So many life lessons packed into one little novel. It actually moved me to apply for my first passport, such strong CTA.
I’ll stop at 5 for now. Consider yourself tagged!