Lately, I have been super busy with my master thesis. As a student, you never realise the importance of weekends, but once you go through a repeated schedule of 8 - 17 everyday on weekdays, Friday evening suddenly feels like a breath of fresh air. In fact, people start making plans for what to do on weekends from Monday itself. Some wait for weekends to watch their favourite tv show episodes or movies, while some prefer to catch up with their fitness regimes and go to sweat at gyms. I somehow fit entertainment and fitness into my weekday's schedule. But there is one thing, that I cannot do on weekdays - reading. So, on weekends, It's me, my beloved kindle and a cup of tea....rather multiple cups.
Before I started with my thesis, I would read one book a week and write a summary of the book just for fun. I never realised how much I liked writing the summary until I couldn't write it anymore. That's human psychology I guess, you miss the thing you can't or don't have. So come this weekend I decided to take back control of my thesis life and squeeze in some time during the weeks to read my beloved books and write a summary at least once a month.
Some of my favourite books which I really loved and would highly recommend are:
1) Every second counts - It's the autobiography of Lance Armstrong. It's a really inspiring story about how he defeated cancer and came back to win the tour de France, one of the most gruesome sporting events I have read about. My favourite part of the book is the chapter where he talks about his passion for cycling and the various difficulties he faced in the competitions.
2) The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins - I have never been a fan of suspense or thriller novels. But I found this book on the top ten books of the month. I decided to give this genre a try and wasn't disappointed. What I really liked about this book is the way the author captivates the reader by narrating the story from different perspectives.
3) The power of habit by Charles Duhigg: The author digs deep into the psycological aspecpts of habit and also explains how habits shape our lifestyles. He also explains how multinational companies cultivate keystone habits in its employees. This is my number one book for the month of February.
The next three books on my list are
a) The Like switch by Jack Schaffer
b) The history of western philosophy by Bertrand Rusell
c) Long walk to freedom a biography of Nelson Mandela
d) Me before you by Jojo Moyes
Now you would be wondering from the tiltle of this post "whats the dilemma? My dilemma is what should be given more importance my passion for engineering or my love for books.