Books, Course, and Music: My Picks for the Holiday in 2023

Discovering new horizons, learning, and grooving into the new year with these handpicked holiday suggestions.

If you’re looking for something interesting to do at the end of the year, here’s a selection of recommendations. These picks range from illuminating literature to insightful courses and a harmonious musical journey. I hope these selections provide moments of joy and inspiration.

“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling: Embarking on the pages of this riveting book was akin to shedding a new light on our global perspective. Through compelling storytelling, it reveals the misconceptions we hold about our world, offering a refreshed and positive outlook on our reality.

“Elon Musk” by Walter Isaacson: Immersing myself in this biography felt like a journey alongside the visionary Elon Musk. Isaacson’s narrative skillfully unveils Musk’s groundbreaking work with SpaceX and Tesla, showcasing his unparalleled determination and innovation.

“Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson: Jeanette Winterson’s narrative prowess unfolded a captivating exploration of societal norms and personal identity within me. This novel beautifully navigates the complexities of self-discovery and challenges conventional notions.

“Human Behavioral Biology” an online course by Robert Sapolsky: Diving into Sapolsky’s masterclass was an eye-opening experience, unraveling the intricate facets of human behavior. It’s a journey that reshapes your understanding of human actions, delving deep into the fascinating realms of biology and psychology.

“Now and Then” by The Beatles: Indulging in the timeless melodies of The Beatles’ compilation, “Now and Then,” felt like embarking on a nostalgic yet ever-relevant musical journey. This collection seamlessly blends classic hits and hidden gems, offering a melodic sanctuary for the soul.

Grab your favorite hot beverage, find comfort in your reading corner, and let the melodies whisk you away. Here’s to a holiday season filled with exploration, enlightenment, and harmonious joy.