I have always been an avid reader; however, after college my reading took a nose dive. After years of English Literature studies and reading for work, I just did not enjoy it as much as I once did. I have slowly regained my love of reading, and never lost my excitement for buying new, interesting books. I have an extensive library and pride myself in it.
My bookshelves contain everything from poetry to collections of letters. I have classics, fiction, non-fiction, humor, thrillers, romance, and much more. If I find a book I enjoyed, I usually purchase a copy for a close friend, I think would also enjoy it. My friends often buy me books, because they reminded them of me. I like that quality. If there is a book you think I should read, SHARE WITH ME! I promise to check it out.
Over the past year or so, I’ve discovered a genre that I find interesting and intriguing. One book in particular, “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,” by Jen Sincero. You may laugh, but the title is what drew me to it. I am a badass, and I want an awesome life. I do not think these books are meant to be a lifestyle guide; however, they do help you put some things in perspective. I found this book while I was involved in Beachbody, which I still love by the way. I found it on Amazon under suggested reading, picked it up, and noticed a lot of my Beachbody friends are just now reading it. I like to think I introduced the book to them. Maybe not, but I did mention it, and post pictures of it in our groups. So, I’m taking credit.
I have also found Mindy Kahling to be hilarious, and she’s my soul sister. After reading her first book, I launched myself into her TV Series, “The Mindy Project” and have yet to come up for air. She is hilarious, and reminds me so much of myself. You should pick this up, if you want a hilariously honest account of life.
As for now, I am switching it out between three books: “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson, “Tell No One,” by Harlan Coben, and “Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls,” by blogger Jes Baker. These books are all great reads! Google them, read their free excerpts on Amazon, and tell me what you think.
As you can tell, Harlan Coben is my guilty pleasure at the moment. I have not read anything by him, until now, and I am totally enjoying his stuff. Fiction in any form is my guilty pleasure. I also have a book of poetry I sometimes pick up to just get lost, or contemplate life with. Reading a poem or two a night is a good relaxing, self-reflecting thing to do.
I have really tried to incorporate reading for betterment into my regimen. Not because I think you have to, but because I am enthralled with the idea of finding inner peace, happiness, and how other people implement things to make them successful. I am not trying to mimic these author’s, but I think if they can make something work for them so much that they write a book about it, and share it, why not?! Why not read about their ideas and best practices. Maybe that’s just me. I have also found I enjoy the realness of their writing. As an example, Jes Baker: I’ve read her blog for years, and her introduction had me laughing out loud and shaking my head “YES!” in agreement.
So just moments to share what I’m reading, offer some suggestions, and maybe get a few ideas back. Share with me what you are reading, if you think it’s worth a shot. I am an open book!