02 March, 2015

52 new things: the least famous Nick Thorpe in the world and his journey to conquer the boredom of modern life by Nick Thorpe [Surani, Waitakere Central Library]

Have you ever found yourself wondering how you could get out of the daily grind that is your life? Well, the author of this fascinating read asked the same question and decided to experience something new each week for a year. The end result is this book.

Each chapter informs us of each new thing that Nick experienced, and is told in his unique matter-of-fact voice. Nick has managed to squeeze in some amazing experiences in the span of a year. Some of these may seem like obvious choices anyone can try like getting a tattoo, swimming (52 laps in the pool!), taking a dance class, growing your own food and trying a new sport. Others sound bizarre and somewhat painful like getting something on your body waxed, ear candling, walking on broken glass and having a colonic irrigation!

The chapters that appealed to me the most were the ones where he spoke about lifestyle changes and his family. Nick had actually included 'Spend more time your family' as one of the new things he was going to do.

After reading this it got me thinking. Not many of us are comfortable leaving the routine of our lives. Nick Thorpe's delightful book and the bizarre adventures he had and the people he met over the course of the year, helped me realise that it's the new things you try, no matter how small they may seem, that makes your life memorable and worth living to the maximum.

So why not give 52 New Things a read and try something new today!

Title: 52 New Things: the least famous Nick Thorpe in the world and his journey to conquer the boredom of modern life
Author: Nick Thorpe
ISBN: 9781781351338
Published: 2014
Publisher: Bancyfelin: Independent Thinking Press

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