Another birthday is over and yet life continues in its normal direction. And for me that direction is rather unfortunate since it involves a large amount of exam stress.

On the subject. As lovely as my birthday was, it was made even lovelier by the amount of books I received as gifts. Only slight concern: do people actually think the only thing I do is read and drink wine?

101I got three as different books as you can possibly imagine. My lovely flatmates surprised me in the morning with 101 Essential Tips to Everyday Meditation. I have always longed to try meditating but I always postponed it with the excuse that maybe it is too hard and I won’t be able to achieve it. I have no more excuses now so beware meditation, here I come. I hope it really reduces the levels of stress in my life, which are pretty high right now. The next book is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. As mentioned under one of my posts, it is a necessary complementary reading to 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 200px-BraveNewWorld_FirstEditionCan’t wait to be dipped into yet another book about the human race degradation into control, unhappiness, and emotional poverty. As a rule, I saved the best for last. A very special person gave me Ayn Rand’s new book We the Living. According to the summary, this novel is going to be both quite different and the same to Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but Rand chooses to focus on life in we_the_livingthe USSR and to explore the extreme level of dictatorship in one of the most influential countries. In the same time, the author elaborates on the clash between the Man and the State, which can be related to the clash between the Man and the Society in her two other powerful works.

It is so unfortunate that I have exams right now and have absolutely no time to devote to these three amazing books expecting me on the shelf. Sadly, the only reviews I can write now are about investment analysis and business economics. Three weeks and here comes summer!