It might be because I’m an academic by training, but I’m of the view that most people need to read more. If for no other reason, a book is a great opportunity to sit for a while, get some quiet, and disconnect from the hectic daily lives most of us live, at least for a little while.

I’ll make two specific recommendations here. First are the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: it’s the journal of a Roman Emperor. I’d also highly recommend Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick: that one is the book that inspired the Blade Runner series of films.