Anyone who has read the book To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite will remember the extremely useful advice Rick’s dad gave him. He said (and I quote),
Every teacher should have a fund of ready information on which to draw; he should keep that fund supplied regularly by new experiences, new thoughts and discoveries, by reading and moving around among people from whom he can acquire such things.
This is something I believe will apply just as equally to lawyers. Since our work is so intricately connected with the society around us, it makes no sense to alienate ourselves from it. Our clients provide us with different views and opinions, and our fellow lawyers challenge our perceptions and help us grow. But another aspect which helps in regularly supplying ourselves with new thoughts and discoveries is by reading books.
I usually keep a yearly reading list of 24 non-law related books. Its a list of books that I have read in that year. This year I want to make a list of books to read! Most of my reading list is inspired from the book recommendations by Our Shared Shelf, a book club started by Emma Watson herself; and the 2017 Goodreads Readers’ Choice Award. There are so many good books out there in eclectic genres, that I will be constantly updating this list throughout the year!
- Beartown by Frederick Backman
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
- Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
- What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif
- The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margater Atwood
- Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
Do let me know which of these books you have read and find interesting! Also suggest other books that you would like me to read.