Always on April 23rd, Dia de Sant Jordi is one of the most beloved holidays in Barcelona that celebrates its patron saint and literature and romance. The streets are thick with people and stalls selling books and roses, and there are recitals, literary readings, and other cultural events happening all over the city.
By tradition, women receive roses from their lover, and men receive books in return. But that rule has pretty much been abandoned. Roses and books flow freely between friends, family, colleagues, partners/spouses/love interests. In fact, more roses and books are sold on this day alone in Barcelona than at any other point in the year.
The UNESCO International World Book Day also falls on April 23rd. So, no matter where you are in the world, you can celebrate your love for lit, be it fiction, nonfiction, or verse.
For our own Sant Jordi entertainment we each made a short list of some of our favorite books that we’ve read and/or are reading now. Go ahead, treat yourself to a couple.
Coffee Lunch Coffee by Alana Muller: for DIY’ers this a great field guide to harnessing the power of connections.
Resilience by Mark McGuinness: a blueprint for entrepreneurs and people taking a big crazy leap in life for staying in pursuit of their dreams despite setbacks and doubts.
Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill: this book explores the secrets of highly successful people? Who doesn’t want to know what those are?
Mindful Work by David Gelles: increasingly, professionals are turning to mindfulness as a means to recharge their batteries, work more productively in less time, and boost their problem solving capaibiilites. This books looks at why and how this trend has arrived.
The 11 Laws of Likability by Michelle Tilliss Lederman: people like to network with people they like, and this book helps you take a look at your likability as well as identify what makes other people likable in turn.
The Myth of the Nice Girl by Fran Hauser: we’ve long believed that niceness is an excellent strategy for getting ahead in work and life, and this book very effectively makes that same case.
Home Distractus by Anastasia Dedyukhina: this book by an ex-Googler provides comprehensive overview of how to manage the tech in your life so that it doesn’t manage you. One tiny spoiler: digital detoxes (on a large scale) are not a good idea.
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer: this artist, songwriter, and performer (Dresden Dolls, TedX) is also a social media star and master of building a community. You will think differently about how to connect with your community after hearing what she has to say.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant: a guide for nurturing your creativity and original ideas…yeah!
All I Did Was Ask by Terry Gross:- a fascinating collection of interviews by the host of NPR’s Fresh Air. It’s also loaded with examples of really good questions, an art in and of itself.