So what have you been reading lately? I have a huge list of books that I read over the past couple of months, and enjoyed enormously! I have had a little extra time and I was eager to devour all the books I had on my kindle and the ones I bought from Amazon. The first month I focused on some classics, such as: Ana Karenina, Jane Eyre and Great Expectations. The first time I read these beauties was when I was in high school, and of course they all were in French (my favourite language THEN). So it was just amazing to reread them all in English! Then I moved to the other books I had chosen for the following month. They were all a pleasure to read, very inspiring and informative. So here I will share them with you, and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!
1- Wildflower by Drew Barrymore: I usually don’t read books written by movie stars, simply because there is nothing that interests me in their business. However, when in one of the podcasts I listened to, Drew talked about it and about how and why she wrote it, I changed my mind and the next day I was savouring every page of it! The book is full of funny, insightful and profound stories! Things that shocked me, and others that inspired me. This 40 years old woman faced so many challenges since her very young age, yet she stayed strong and turned out to be an amazing successful woman!
2- A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen: This book was listed as one of the best books of 2015. I really dislike listening to people complaining all day long, however I must admit that myself I do have my fair share of daily complaining, and I always try to do it less and less each day, so this triggered me to get the book and start reading it straight away. We might not be aware of just how much we complain about anything and everything every single day, but once you read this book, you automatically become aware of every complaint that comes out of your mouth! The whole idea is to go for 21 days straight, with no complaining, no criticising, and no gossip! By controlling our words, and avoiding the above mentioned sins, we improve the quality of our lives! It can be extremely difficult to achieve this goal, but if the author and his people succeeded, then so can we.
3- Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron : This book is simple and serious, funny and bittersweet! It is a great memoir full of well-written stories about one woman’s everyday, ordinary stuff that became truly amazing in the telling!
4- How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen: A short and easy read about reading and writing, two things that I adore! I love Anna’s simple yet very rich style and this book was absolutely wonderful!
5- Empress Dowager CIXI by Jung Chang: I love the Chinese culture, and traditions. I also love their history and their rich past! So from time to time I grab a book about China! This one was a great pick not only because it talks about China, but also because it is the story of a very inspiring woman! A wise and very smart lady, who left her imprint in history!
6- Meditation By Marcus Aurelius: This was the highlight of the month! A fantastic book by a great man! Written years and years ago, and still is one of the best books ever!