The holidays are upon us and the team here at HQ are already looking forward to what the break will bring.

From a mega trip to Russia for one of us, to relaxing with family and friends, we’ll all be making the most of the time off and battling the year’s Tsundoku (the Japanese word for buying books and never reading them).

Luckily, through our Senser Stories, we’ve got quite the book collection between us now so we thought we’d share our long list to help inspire those book worms out there that are looking for some more brain food to snack (or feast) on this Christmas.

The Memory Code
For the nerd

This a really interesting take on the reasons for the existence of Stone Henge and how indigenous humans managed to encode information from their landscapes and histories into songlines and physical spaces. Well worth read if you’re curios about how we live pre-written word.

Check it out here…

A writer’s map: An atlas of imaginary lands
For the fantasy lover

For any fantasy fanatics out there, this book is for you. It explores the importance of maps, and their creators, in world building and storytelling. From Treasure Island to How To Train Your Drag

Check it out here…

Be More Pirate
For the business builder

This book a great quick read for anyone looking to embark on their next challenge. It uses a lose historical review of the Golden Age of Piracy to help reframe what it is to ‘take on the world and win’. Very entertaining, uplifting and some great food for thought.

Check it out here…

Bowling Alone
For the culture vulture

Jeffrey, a Senser in Los Angeles recommended this one… In a groundbreaking book based on vast data, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures– and how we may reconnect.

Check it out here…

A Hero With A Thousand Faces
For the budding writer

Senser Ciaran recommended this to us in London last month.

“The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today–and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.

Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture’s dreams onto a large screen; Campbell’s book, like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.”

Check it out here…

The Alchemist
For the easy read

Ollie in Sri Lanka recommended our next one for an easy and uplifting read. “Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.”

Check it out here…

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