It’s Leap day! For those who don’t know, every four years we gain an extra day in the year and that falls on February 29th.
So the dilemma is that you have an extra day! There are so many good thing about Today’s leap day. First and foremost, is that it falls on a Saturday. A day that most have when they work Monday-Friday. And secondly, is that the weather should be nice. At least in Southern California, it’s going to a day in the 60’s. A good day to lay in bed, on the couch, take a breathe, and relax My recommendation is to use that day to better yourself.Go to the gym, get a work out done, go the beach or head to the outdoors, and pick out a book!
I mean Bill Gates takes two whole weeks to himself to do nothing but read. I’m only suggesting that you read a whole day, which isn’t much compared to one of the richest man alive.
Here are recommendations on what to read this Leap day in one sitting along with a link to the ebook, because your time is precious and you need that book now!
- Animal Farm by Gorge Orwell
Written in 1945 before the West had broken with the Soviet Union – and when Stalin was still fairly well respected – Orwell’s allegorical novel describing the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution took a while to find a publisher, but it became popular quickly afterwards. Orwell puts the various Soviet leaders into the book as pigs on a farm, who take it over and change the way of things. The main villain of the story, a pig called Napoleon, is Orwell’s representation of Stalin
2. A Good Man is Hard To Find
Read for free here (PDF)
The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal. “Now look here, Bailey,” she said, “see here, read this,” and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.”
And the rest is not to be spoiled.
You may read my review for this here.
3. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Adapted from a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl is John Steinbeck’s classic about a young man who finds a large, beautiful pearl, which he hopes he can sell for a good price to pay a doctor to treat his sick child. However, in the process, the pearl brings out the worst sort of greed and evil in the people who the man comes into contact with. It’s a short read, but a truly hard-hitting read.
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Witty, wistful, and all too fleeting, Capote’s fabulous novella shares a lot in common with its star character, Holly Golightly. Now a byword for a freewheeling soul, Holly will leave you feeling the same way she leaves the story’s narrator: wanting more. This book has some of the best book quotes, which is what makes it a must-read.
5. The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway’s last major work, The Old Man and the Sea, was part of what lead Hemingway to a Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1954. Through narrating a seemingly simple story of an old fisherman struggling to catch a giant marlin, this is Hemingway, the master of clean writing with no unnecessary words, at his finest. The story is real and raw, drawing you into a situation that you as the reader will never run into in real life.
6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Thirty years ago, The Alchemist hit the shelves and showed us all how to follow our dreams. It’s the story of young Santiago, who leaves home in search of worldly treasures. His actual journey, however, yields life lessons and friendships more valuable than anything he can hold in his hands.
7. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Acesses for free here
Probably one of my favorite Shakespeare plays ever. In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When Antonio’s business falters, repayment becomes impossible–and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Portia cleverly intervenes, and all ends well (except of course for Shylock).
8. The Stranger by Albert Camus
Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus’s first novel, THE STRANGER (L’etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sundrenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”
9. Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Because why not? It’s a classic you cannot miss.
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This one is for the over achievers who want to read over 400 pages in a day.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Want more recommendations? Take a glance at my past blog posts!