2016 Book Rundown

The first two months of 2016 have been pretty good months for reading. I read four books in two months!! It’s a pretty sizeable achievement, given my lack of time management skills, but one of my biggest goals this year is to be able to read more books. I’ve been having major problems with my attention span, and I honestly believe that reading does a lot of good for improving that.

Anyway, here are some of the books that I have finished for the first two months of 2016. Allow me to share my thoughts about them too!

January 

  • Hope for the Flowers – This was a book I read back in fifth grade. I liked the book because of its message. It’s a tale that serves as a reminder that growth need not be a competition, and that everyone blooms in their own time. This hit close to home, since I got frustrated with myself for a long time about not improving or growing like my peers. But then again, slow progress is still progress no matter what.
  • Driven to Distraction- Driven to Distraction is a book by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey which delves deep into the nature of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The book contains case studies of people living with ADD, as well as the symptoms and the diagnostic criteria of the disorder. The book was interesting to read, since it showed how the ADD experience is different for many people. Although the book discusses ADD from a medical perspective, the book has an optimistic tone. The book does not make people living with ADD feel that their ADD is something that will make them terrible, or cast out from the world. One of the key takeaways I had from this book is that even if ADD may sometimes impede one’s personal growth and experiences, many people who were diagnosed with ADD turn out to be successful in life.

February

  • David and Goliath – David and Goliath was a book recommended to me by a family friend. The book is an anthology of stories discussing how we think about our obstacles and using these obstacles to our advantage in facing multiple situations and challenges in life. The stories of the subjects featured in this book inspired me to rethink my perception of personal obstacles, and how we can use our obstacles to overcome challenges bigger than ourselves.
  • ADHD Does Not Exist – Last January, I read Driven to Distraction, which is a book about living and dealing with ADD. Last February, I finished ADHD Does Not Exist, which is another book talking about the overdiagnosis and misdiagnosis of ADD. Personally, while I do think that ADD is something that’s real and very valid, there are times where I do think that ADD can be misdiagnosed, since the symptoms of other conditions and ADD tend to be the same. What frustrates me though, is that normal childhood behaviour is now being misdiagnosed for ADD. Overall, I found the book to be a bit of a slap in the face, since it just reiterated the affirmations of my dad and my counselor about my thoughts regarding my ADD diagnosis that I kept on ruminating over and over. (Edit: This book was actually pretty shitty, and I have come to accept my ADD/ADHD more.)

And that’s it for my book rundown so far. I really want to catch up with my reading, and I hope this technique can help a lot with improving my processing and attention span. For this month, I have two books lined up again: Hector and the Search for Happiness and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe. Will share with you my thoughts about these books soon!