books I'm reading | about Morgan Pirkle
Any other entrepreneurs suffer from insomnia? I’ve had the hardest time falling asleep for the past few years and the number one thing I’ve done to help it is to start reading before bed! I’d been doing this with the blue light filter on my phone until I was told about an app called Twilight that uses red lights, which are even more powerful than blocking the blue light in terms of making you sleepy! I love to read physical books instead of through the Kindle app on my phone, but my husband absolutely does not suffer from insomnia but *hates* when I have the nightstand lamp on. Either way, I love to read before bed. I have a hard time deciding on a book though, so I’m usually rotating between several. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what I’ve been reading the past few weeks!
The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher L. Heuertz
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes
If I truly can’t fall asleep, Wuthering Heights is my go-to. I don’t gravitate naturally towards fiction (except Harry Potter) and somehow I’m always seeking productivity-based books. But I’ve read Wuthering Heights before and I like the different layers of complexity + drama, and when I saw how freakin’ enormous it was my heart grew three sizes because I knew I’d be able to read a few minutes every night and draw it out for a few weeks at least! Since I’ve been sick this week, I’ve actually read a ton more than usual - it feels restful, yet productive. So I wrapped up Wuthering Heights around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning at last!
The Sacred Enneagram - I absolutely love books that help me learn more about myself! It’s not quite self-help, but I’d definitely consider this one good for self understanding, introspection and personal discovery. It’s also helpful to better understand others! It’s helpful to see common ties that help build or strain relationships so you can better navigate situations. While I’m still not absolutely sure of what enneagram type I am, I’m having a good time reading about the history and depth of the enneagram practice! Right now I’m leaning towards a type two, but this whole system is very complicated. I think the truth lies somewhere between who you are + who you want to be.
You Are a Badass at Making Money - to get real with y’all for a second, money hasn’t always been the easiest relationship for me! I won’t go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that growing up I was able to get insight into many different “tiers” of what a person’s relationship with money could look like. Vague AF, I know but roll with it. Anyways, I’ve been working really hard for a few years to break some unconscious beliefs I hold surrounding money and this book is definitely some great insight! I like the way each chapter ends with actionable steps instead of remaining abstract. I’m only about half way through because I can’t read it before bed or I get too hyped up! The main takeaway for me so far is this: get concrete on what you’d like to manifest, but be malleable in how you receive it. For instance, knowing that you want to make $xx,xxx / year, but knowing that part of that amount may come from investments, part from a side hustle, part from a more traditional job, etc. And being thankful for whatever stage your’re at, and doing the best with what you have!
The book I’m super loving right now is How To Win Friends and Influence People. I resisted buying this book for YEARS based off the title - I saw it and would think, how cheesy/sleazy/salesy do you have to be?! But what I’m understanding now is that it’s not desperate grasps at friendships for short-term transactions. There’s so much in this book about learning to become more empathetic and understanding, and to become less reactive with immediate, highly emotional responses to situations that cause us frustration, anger, or pain. All in all, I think reading this book is a major step in the right direction for anyone - it’s helped me in business, in talking to my family, in forming new friendships, and breathing new life into old ones.
Last but certainly not least, I’m reading Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes. I was required to buy this book for a college film photography class, but we only read a couple chapters. It’s really interesting to read from start to finish, and since I’ve had a little more time set aside for recuperating this week, I’ve been diving into it big time, highlighter and all!!! I’ve got annotations scribbled throughout, and I am honestly loving it so much I’ll probably do a post dedicated to it alone. I just finished “part one” of the book, in which I’ve learned that Barthes is not a photographer himself, but an avid analyst of the art form. He talks at great length about studium and punctum; studium being a general interest in a field (in his case, photography) versus punctum - a particular piece of a photograph, sometimes not even discernible, that makes it stand out. It’s that little piece that pricks you, that gives a sense of animation or adventure. He also talks a lot about how photography is so intertwined with death. It’s a pretty dark way of looking at things, but it resonates with me because so much of my passion comes from memories of looking through photographs of dead people with my grandparents - most of whom are dead now as well. I’ve always believed that photographs are a way of time travel - the photo of my Yaya sitting three feet from my desk helps me feel like she is here with me everyday. And y’all, even typing that - glancing over at her smiling face in a bar in Savannah, Georgia - it makes my heart hurt. It stings + makes me miss her SO much. But despite the pain that sometimes comes from those photos, it’s my way of honoring the people I’ve loved so dearly, keeping them with me in life, and remembering how deeply they loved me while they were here.
A few other books I’ve read this year and loved were The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain (one of my ultimate life heroes) and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. What are you reading right now? Share in the comments!