just finished "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chödrön https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pema_Ch%C3%B6dr%C3%B6n
More and more I'm realizing that there's just not a lot of time to read. I find there's a lot of material out there. I do want to read the good stuff, but it's not easy to choose what makes the cut. Previously, my criteria was rather conservative: focus entirely on classics when it comes to novels and expand to trusted role models when it comes to business/self-improvement books.
When Things Fall Apart is layman's introduction to traditional bodhisattva, the buddhist term for the mindful intention to achieve nirvana. Something like that. There's a lot of vocabulary in the book, but it all boils down to the same stuff about accepting the good and the bad together & appreciating existence.
I've read about buddhism here and there and I think most of it is pretty nice, but this book kinda fell flat for me. It just got so blah blah blah blah blah by the end. What I think does stick is the idea of samsara and dukkha -- that life is basically shit so the only way to find satisfaction is to rise above its frivolous issues.