I read a fair bit. Lots of novels. And a decent amount of non-fiction. I have a few favourite authors and when reading fiction, I like to be able to learn a bit about places and things. I do like a novel to get on with it. I'm not enamoured with a lot of drama. Tell your story! You don't have to tell me every feeling that everybody feels!
I guess I'm a bit of a rebel and have read George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Those I read in the 1960 first up then again later. I'm thinking now in 2020 they weren't supposed to be a plan to follow but a warning. Taylor Caldwell's The Devil's Advocate. These books and some notable High School teachers that taught me to question things and not take everything at face value, allow me, I think, to see things that others don't always.
I constantly encourage my boys and others to read these types of books and question, question, question.
Some best selling authors that I like:
Robert B Parker and a the authors that have taken up the mantle and continued stories with the characters that he developed.
- My favourite being Ace Atkins' takeover of the Spencer novels.
And some not so well known authors:
Gen Robert Spalding's Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept
Candace Owen's Blackout
I like her. Her view is more a USA view than a world view and she really looks at things from a Democrat vs Republican angle.
When you get a fight, there is always someone stirring the pot.
That said, it is very insightful as to why the Black population of America is suffering the way it is.
And to introduce the scam of psychiatry:
Dr Peter Breggin: an extremely warm, loving, caring individual.
One of my favourites of his is: Reclaiming Our Children
Sun Tzu's The Art of War
Claueswitz's On War
Trout and Reis: Marketing Warfare
- written in the 1980s, the references are a bit dated but still pertinent.
- another must read by these two: Positioning
John Counsilman: The Techniques of Swimming
What would have been his 100th birthday just passed a few days ago: 28 Dec 2020.
Counsilman passed away in 2004.
He was inducted as a Hall of Fame coach in 1976.
The above mentioned book is the best you will find.
I have a few other references on the subject here: Masters Swimming