Reading is a HUGE part of my life, and I am always looking for reading inspo (Sarah your recommendation is on my radar for my next non fiction...I did not forget about you...) and I love when anyone points me in the right direction. I thought I would contribute in my small way, and as always, I am sure it won't hurt to be able to look back and see what I was reading during important moments of my life.
I didn't do a whole lot of reading this month, but a little bit sure did go a long ways! Here are the three books that accompanied me through airports, canyon hiking, and bedroom snuggling.
1. Rich Dad Poor Dad
I have made it abundantly clear that getting my financial house in order is paramount priority this year. I have read many financial books in my day, and it is my hope, that each time I finish one, I will learn a little more each time, and one of these times, something will finally click. I can't say one book has provided the light bulb moment yet, but it can't hurt to keep learning and trying, and learning and trying.
I really liked this one. It gave me a good mind shift in the overall picture of how I see wealth, and how it pertains to me specifically. I need to go through my highlights again (there were plenty) but a few big ideas really stuck with me, and I am excited to have a paradigm shift on a larger scale. As always, the power comes in the "doing," but The Little Yellow House in Casper is a great first step to allow me to actually save some money and then put it to use in ways this book suggests. Patience + diligence (hopefully) = success.
2. The Untethered Soul
Dude, I don't even know where to begin with this one. I knew from the moment I started reading it, that this would be a book I would be coming back to again, and again, and again. There are a few things that have happened in my life in the last 5 years that I just have such a hard time letting go of. Hard conversations, lost friendships, misunderstanding and miscommunications, fights...things that I just replay in my head and keep getting angry or sad about. I have prayed for help, I have tried positive thinking, I have physically and mentally moved on...but still. Sometimes in the shower, or if I am cleaning, or if I see a Facebook post, I am drawn back to snowball of resentment and blame. This book has given me tools to let. that. shit. go.
Issues that have been plaguing me for years are being lifted. I am able to see myself more clearly. I have tools that I can reach for when I "come to" and realize I have been mentally sprialing for the last 4 minutes.
The great thing is, I know I am only scratching the surface with what this book can offer me. I am just taking one small aspect from one chapter and applying it to my life - and there are so many other tools to still use!
I read this one in physical book format, you know, old school. It proved to be a completely rewarding decision as I sat in the middle of a canyon in Wyoming, river running over my bare feet, butt in the grass while birds flew by. This ended up being one of the top 10 moments I have ever felt more like "myself" and I think an iPhone screen would have diluted that experience significantly.
Plus, my all time girl crush Cameran Eubanks recommended it. So basically it's fate. Thanks, Cam.
3. Little Fires Everywhere
Even I need a break from idealistic, life improvement books. I just needed something fictitious that I could curl up with, as May came to a close. A quick search through Carly the Prepster provided a picture that spoke to me, and in that picture she was reading this book. One Google search later, I was sold by the raving reviews...one specific review from Reese Witherspoon sealed the deal.
I put this on my IG story when I started it, and had so many friends reach out about how much they loved the book too...and it has not disappointed. Not only does Celeste Ng develop the characters in a familiar, and natural way, but she provides what could be divisive issues in such an open and honest manner, that you are left wondering which side you even stand on. I started with one very solid opinion on the matter, and was left feeling much more unsure three quarters of the way through. It reminded me very much of Jodi Picoult.
I love a good gray area, and this book leads you there without you even realizing you need to fight your original opinion. It's magic, and I loved it.
That about does it for this month. Prior to this rogue book hunt, most of my recent readings have been pulled from this list. Go ahead. Judge me.
But I also think this list will provide some great recommendations for this summer...so many books, so little time. Once again, thanks in large part to Carly the Prepster.
Please let me know if you have read any of these and disagree...I love a good book debate! Any must reads for the summer? I'm all ears...or eyes. Whatever.