I am an avid reader, whether it be Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biographies or any sort of literature that has come highly recommended. I used to read approximately 3 books a week when I used to sit on the train to commute to and from London. Nowadays I don’t read as much (I am still averaging a book a week) but I am always on the look out for the next great read. My Niece has recently taken a liking to reading and is excelling for her age (she is 7). She is loving Roald Dahl and David Walliams – To be honest, at 33 I would still happily pick up a Roald Dahl or Walliams book and I know I would thoroughly enjoy it.
My favourite books of all time are Skinny Melon and Me and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Skinny Melon and Me is a kids book and I have read it more than 20 times when I was in my teens and Outliers was a recommendation to me by a friend of mine that said it had changed her life. I read the book front to back in 24 hours. It changed my life too and the way that I look upon things now. I won’t spoil it for you in case you do take my recommendation but it certainly has a few things to say about the Big Boys in Silicon Valley, a very interesting read indeed!
Carrie the Salon owner bought something to my attention a few weeks back and I was mesmerised by it. I love John Steinbeck and Of Mice and Men is up there with my all time favourites and she knows it. The below was written by Steinbeck and it is a very good read. . .
The Hairdresser is. . .
“It is my considered opinion that the hairdresser is the most influential person in any community. When the public goes to a hairdresser, something happens to them. They feel safe, they relax. The hairdresser knows what their skin is like under the makeup; they know their age; they don’t have to keep up any kind of protense. People tell a hairdresser things they wouldn’t dare confess to a priest and they are open about matters they try to conceal from a doctor. When people place their secret lives in the hairdressers hands, the hairdresser gains an authority few other people attain. I have heard hairdressers quoted with complete conviction on art, literature, politics, economics, child care and morals. I tell you that a clever, thoughtful, ambitious hairdresser wields a power beyond the comprehension of most people”. . .