I love to read. Here are some books I read and enjoyed recently:

Hunger by Knut Hamsun. This is a beautiful and raw story about a starving writer in late 19th century Kristiania (now Oslo). The deprivation changes his entire way of experiencing life. This book reminded me of Dostoevsky.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This nonfiction book is written as a letter to the author's teenage son about being Black in the United States. This is a very real, raw, and powerful story. Part of this book reminded me of Alex Haley's Autobiography of Malcolm-X.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. This is a harrowing story of the Bundre family's odyssey across Mississippi to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulker wrote this in 1930 and the narrative structure was very innovative at the time. Faulker used multiple points of view and the inner voices of the characters. This style became standard practice in American literature.

INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love. This book has great stories on how many startups invented very successful products out of thin air.

Second Place: A Novel by Rachel Cusk. This is a story about a woman who invites an artist to use her guesthouse. The story gets very complicated and the book is noteworthy because it experiments with the narrative form. I enjoyed the aesthetics.