I feel like my nose has been stuck to the books these past few weeks and I am not complaining! Maybe it’s the early evenings coming in, the crunchy leaves under foot, but I have been making so much more time for reading and loving it. So brew up something warm, grab your favourite blanket and get ready for some reading recommendations!
Rising Strong - Brene Brown
Let’s say you have a fight with a friend, in the moment you are frustrated and pissed off, and when you walk away, you scrutinise everything they said, every blink of their eyes, you start to tell yourself a story about why they did what they did, but because your telling yourself this story about the interaction in such a foul mood, you automatically put a negative spin on it. But after you calm down, take a step back, and breathe, the story about the incident starts to change. Maybe you become more sympathetic to your friends point of view, maybe you remember how catty you were being in the first place because you’d had a crap morning. The story changes. We start to get confused between what is truth, and what was created to make us feel better about the whole thing. That is what this book is about. And boy oh boy did it speak volumes to me. Brene tells us about her own personal experiences, how we can own the stories we tell, learn from them, rise up strong from them and move forward. There’s a lesson in this one for everyone.
How Not to Die - Michael Greger
When I started reading this book, I was a meat eater. By the time I’d finished, I was a pescatarian (though vegetarian most days), with a fruit and veggies intake that had been upped tenfold. Honestly? I have never felt better. I sleep better, I have more energy, I can focus more, I consciously make better food choices. Granted, I am still partial to polishing off a Terrys Chocolate Orange in one sitting, I have never felt this good about the food I am putting into my body. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t take this book as law, but the points made about the benefits of a more plant based diet have been researched, backed up and researched again. Yes, Greger is going to pick the bits out of journals and papers that resonate with the message he is trying to convey, so some reading around the book wouldn’t go amiss, but on the whole, this book helped flip a switch in me that has been teetering for sometime now.
Ctrl Alt Delete - Emma Gannon
Someone had mentioned The Multi Hyphen Method which led me to it’s author, Emma Gannon. Now, the library didn’t have that one in, but they did have her first book, Ctrl Alt Delete on the shelf. Gannon is about my age, so we both grew up in the same digital age, of Livejournal, Neopets, Myspace pages and Nokias. From chatroom escapades to unfortunate webcam exchanges, I couldn’t stop laughing and nodding along as I read, having grew up at a time when you would block - unblock someone on MSN just so they would see you sign in and maybe it would catch their attention and they’d say hey. The first half of the book totally resonated me and it was so fun to look back on my own similar experiences, but she lost me at the half way point. I never did the whole internet dating thing, and though some tales were funny, I found it difficult to connect with. She spent so much of the book talking about these times, I found myself more likely to reach for my phone on my breaks than this book. Still, everyones digital experiences are different and you might connect with her in way that I didn’t.
The Miracle Morning - Hal Elrod
My Miracle Morning Routine is something that pops up on my subscription feeds constantly, guess it says a lot about what I’m looking up online! I always thought it was some sort of religious thing. Don’t ask me where I got that from, but for that reason I’d never took much notice to it. Then a video auto-played and I realised how wrong I had been! The Miracle Morning is a 6 step routine that you follow with intention each and every morning. It’s all about goal setting, putting you in the right frame of mind for the day, and in many ways, the law of attraction. Elrod went through a rough patch some years back, well I say rough, he almost died. To get his mind motivated and to move past the trauma, he developed S.A.V.E.R.S, because this routine was going to be his lifesaver. Scribing, affirmation, visualisation, exercise, reading and silence. The practice itself is ridiculously customisable, there’s no set time frame so you can spend as much or as little time on each step as you need, you might not even need all the steps. What this routine really ensures is that every single day you think about your goals and you take small steps towards them, be they health, family, business or spiritually inclined, you give them attention each and every day!
Roadside Picnic - Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
The Zone is a mysterious area left ruined and scattered with alien artefacts after the visitation some years ago. Those known at Stalkers are brave enough (or stupid enough) to venture into The Zone in order to retrieve these mysterious objects that sell for a high price. Usually, when it comes to close encounters with extraterrestrials, they hang around, we try to experiment on them, they try to befriend us, ultimately realise we’re a pretty diabolical species and thus try to colonise and or wipe us out. What the Strugatsky brothers explore is what if, instead of acknowledging us, aliens just treat a visit to Earth like a roadside picnic? They park up on our unsuspecting little planet, throw down the picnic blanket, stretch their legs and pass the tupperware containers around. After they’ve filled their bellies and tossed their rubbish to the side, they take off and carry on their journey. Their rubbish is our treasure. How does an encounter like that, where we’re seen as so insignificant to even stop and say hello to, effect our community? Lives? Meaning of life itself?
Got any book recommendations for me? Let me known below and I’ll add them to my TBR list!
Until next time,