Happy Reading: Hello Spring


Hello everyone! Ready for some good reads? Here is my list for this spring: 


The Spy by Paulo Coelho: I was waiting eagerly for this book to come out, however, once it was out I was a little worried that I won’t like it, and therefore end a long love story between me and one of my very favorite authors, so I waited. Last week I finally came to an end with my dilemma and decided to purchase the book. The book is about Mata Hari a very brave woman who fled sexual abuse and rape by a school headmaster, by marrying a man and moving with him to Indonesia, only to discover that she went from the frying pan to the fire. The first thought that came to my mind after starting this book was that Mata Hari really deserves better than what she has been getting in the library department. This great woman was nothing like she is described! She was not a libertine as Paulo presented her, nor a free-love free-spirit. She was more than that. Nothing came easy to her as Paulo states!  But the question is: Is she a spy or not?

While Coelho stayed true to his style, in my opinion he failed to bring the real picture of the real interesting and brave Margaretha Zelle MacLeod.


Difficult women by Roxane Gay: It is a collection of stories that will strike you with their force and beauty. Each one of them is very real, strong and inspiring. Different lives, different faiths, different stories, yet they are all WOMEN! Roxan is phenomenally talented and I most definitely recommend this book.



How to Eat by Thich Nhat hanh: A little book with lots of information. It brings food and the act of eating to a whole different dimension. A Zen perspective of how to look at food. Definitely worth reading.


Ego is The Enemy Ryan Holiday: Ego is definitely the enemy because when you think you know everything; you can never learn. The book is a start to arm yourself for the battle against ego. The book is more of a pep talk the author is giving himself in the mirror, but it still remains a good book.




After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I came across this book somewhere online, and was intrigued by the title, so I decided to read it. I finished the book in 2 days! I just couldn’t put it down! While it is just a novel, you have no idea how real and true it is. It talks about marriage as it is, not as romantic movies and novels approach it. The life each one builds with their partners, and how life always gets in the way. The things we all do at least once in a lifetime. The things we end up doing after being in a marriage for years and years. Love it!


One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Of course after reading “After I do”, I had to look up all the books written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I also finished this one in two days! While the storyline is very unoriginal, the author has her way in gifting you with a great book. The kind of novel that make your heart floats on a cloud and give your soul all the feels. A perfect read.


Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: A very interesting story, one where we see the choices made by a young woman, unfold in two different scenarios. After three novels by the same author, still loving her style and the way she makes me unable to put the book down!


Forever uninterrupted Taylor Jenkins Reid: The fourth and last book by this author I promise. An emotional and well written book. The story though was not what I have hoped for. A love story that ends with a tragedy, and shows us what life can be after a big loss.



Happy Reading: Hello December

Hello everyone! So technically winter is almost here, and that calls for lots of hot chocolates and some serious curling up in bed, reading tons of good books! So there you go, my list of good reads is ready for you! ENJOY!!

This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage by Anne Pretchett: I love love love her style! So real and funny and easy and light! A series of essays that will make you rethink some of the most fundamental questions we face in life! A wonderful read!

Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo: This is one of the very few books that make me forget the whole world, curled up in my sofa, devouring the pages and wishing it never ends! The story of this brave woman told as no one could have ever done! Bold, desperate, resilient, spiritual, strong and delicate at the same time! Books like this one remind me of how great we are, us women! We are most certainly God’s most precious gift to the universe.

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahren: I have read everything that Cecelia have written right from her debut “PS I Love You”, and over that time her writing style has changed and evolved in many ways. I really enjoyed her earlier books, but then felt things got a little too magical and unrealistic, and became more like fairytales! I feel with this book Cecelia got back to her old style and it’s definitely a beautiful book to read.

I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou is one great inspiration to all of us, and this book about her childhood and adolescence is absolutely amazing! So tragic yet very hopeful. Angelou has a magnificent style that will draw you in from the very first page of this book.

Raise Your Vibrations by Kyle Gray: In order to read this book, you need to keep an open mind. I loved it because it’s magical and spiritual at the same time. Whether you believe in God or in the universe, positivity is something we are all looking for, and this book is a great reminder to look within for inspiration.


Ouiam xx

Hello Summer Reads!




This summer I was so lucky to have some extra time to do what I love doing the most: Reading!! I read so many books, old and new, novels, self-help. I also re-read so many more, because some authentic authors string words together in ways that just amaze me, and I love to be reminded of that every once in a while, some other books make me reflect on life, love, friendship, marriage…etc. And of course I have those books that are like warm blankets in cold wintery nights, they bring you warmth, comfort, and safety! I won’t share all the books though, because then it will be a really really long post lol, but here are some of the books for you to enjoy:


Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes: I loved this book! The spirit, the words, the notions, the style, the ideas… everything is amazing! Shonda is the one behind some of the best TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, this alone made me want to read her book! Then the title is exactly where I am now-I have decided that 2016 will be a year of YES! So I had to read this book! Once I started I couldn’t put the book down. Her style….. What can I say that would do it justice???? It is like a diary free, gluten free, GMO free, natural, yet super tasty ice cream!!! Yes, that’s exactly it, a very delicious yet super healthy little book!


Who we were before by Leah Mercer: A novel, for  those days at the beach! A sad one though WARNING!! The journey of a mother who loses her son. The grief, the emptiness, the pain, and what all this do to a marriage.


Adultery by Paulo Coelho: One of the books that I have read before and marked me deeply. This book has stirred controversy and caused lots of people to stop being fans of Paulo Coelho! I believe I am one of his biggest fans ever! I first read his book “The Alchemist”-The French version, when I was about 12 years old. It really changed the way I looked at the world ever since and my love story with his books started to unfold deliciously. The book had some very negative reviews, due to the very graphic sexual scenes, however I know Coelho’s books are all so deep and so meaningful that even SEX seems so holly and religious! So I decided to read it! (Don’t you dare judging me lol). The book talks about marriage. It talks about the real thing, not what we see on Facebook and Instagram, not those silly pretty little novels that have corrupted our minds and hearts! Not the fairytales that show marriage as an everlasting “Happily ever after”! No, it shows the emptiness that some of us feel while caught up in our crazy lives, it talks about how complicated our feelings are, it talks about love and what it becomes after 10, 20, 30, years of marriage. It also talks about God and the way we worship him through what we do everyday. Sure it does have some scenes that you may or may not like, but if you really understand what the book is about you will see what’s hidden between those scenes.


Mindset by Dr.Carol S. Dweck: This book is about how we perceive challenges in life, how our words have a huge impact on our lives and  the life of those surrounding us. It also talks about things that we think might be a great help while raising children while they actually have the opposite effect. Such as compliments that we all use at least once a day, like: “You are so smart” or “ You are so pretty” or “ You are so unique”… etc, all these sound like great things to say to a child but what do they really mean to that child? A very interesting read!


Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: Another novel (I warned you I had plenty of free time lol). Again another sad one (Sorry I am a sucker for novels that move me and make my heart go on a roller-coaster!). I know it was made as a movie but my rule is to never watch movies based on books, always read the books FIRST! Love and how death can be the beginning of things. About disappointments and how in real life some things are bigger, larger, and more meaningful than love. Sadness with a glimpse of hope and smiles that will make your heart swell.


Blink by Malcom Gladwell: Malcom Gladwell is one of my very favorite authors. This book is about how we think without really thinking, about how we tend to take some decisions without being the ones taking them really. It makes so much sense, and even though the concept might be a little old or has been discussed before, Gladwell has a very unique and special way of giving you tons of information, that will make you think differently.


The Hormone Secret Dr. Tami Meraglia: Every woman should read this book! It talks about how nutrition plays a huge role in how our hormones “behave”. It talks about our hormones and how to balance them in order to have a healthy life.


I  hope you enjoy the books in this list, and I will see you soon..!



Happy Reading: Hello March!



It is hard to believe that we already finished the first trimester of this year, and starting the second one soon.  And even though spring is officially in the premises, in this part of the world, the weather is absolutely refusing to cooperate, and I must admit that I am loving it! I love rainy, grey mornings. I love the cold weather and the windy evenings. It is the perfect weather to lose yourself in a good book. And talking about good books, here is the list of books I read this month and what I think of them.


  1. Snow Flower and The Secrete Fan by Lisa See: Wow!! This is all I have to say! If you haven’t read this book, then what are you waiting for?! It is a novel about the life of a Chinese woman. I felt a strong connection between me and Lily; the constant battle between the heart and mind, the right and wrong. When the book was over I almost cried, and for the next few days I felt the need to pick up my kindle and just reread few pages of the book to make me go back to that wonderful story. The book came in just the right time. A time when I am focusing on the women in my life and how inspiring they all are, this book came to show me in an even bigger scale, what women are capable of. And even though this is just a novel, but I felt the striking reality and similarity in every woman’s life. The power, the wisdom, the selflessness, the willpower, the kindness, but also the selfishness, the fear, the loneliness and all the unwanted feelings.


  1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: “You sit down for dinner, and life as you know it ends”. About death, illness, marriage, and life! This book is raw, and full of intense emotions. A grieving woman sharing such personal experience yet universal, almost everyone goes through it. She records her thoughts, feelings and experience in the year following her husband’s death. The book is also filled with quotes, and paragraphs from other books which is always a plus for me!


  1. Power vs Force by David R. Hawkins: You will have to have an open mind if you want to read this book. It is about how to determine the truth or falsehood of about anything you come across, in a pretty unusal way. Dr.Hawkins uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior. I love delving into the unexplainable and the unseen, I also like to always keep an open mind when reading books like this one, however, this book missed something, I felt it wasn’t complete. It still is a very interesting read nonetheless.


  1. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine: For those interested in nutrition, health, and natural healing, this book is for you! An ancient book and one of the most important classics of Taoism. Revealing the natural laws of this holistic universe, this book offers practical advises on how to lead a healthy and happy life, while connecting with nature.





Happy Reading: Hello February! 

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! 


Happy Reading: Hello December! 


Happy Sunday, Friends!! There is something magical about Sundays. I can’t really tell what it is, but they are just beautiful! Where I live Sundays are the beginning of the week, so you wake up to a whole new week waiting for you. New adventures, new memories, new people you could meet, new goals you might achieve. Sundays to me are a reminder! Upon rising my brain takes 5 seconds to reboot and fill the voids with gratitude, appreciation, and recognition for everything I have. A quick reminder to pay extra attention to the people around me, tell them I love them and care about them, hug them a little harder, smile a little wider, send love and positivity vibes! That’s why Sundays are very special to me, how about you? 

So after a day full of all these beautiful thoughts, I decided to share my list of books that I recommend for December. I am also adding the ones for November, since I completely forgot to write a “Hello November” post! So here they are for both combined. Enjoy…! 

1- On Writing by Steven King. This book was suggested to me by one of my professors and as soon as I read the first few pages, I was hooked! The book starts as an autobiography, where Steven talks about his childhood, in a brilliant style! He then moves to the main topic: Writing! I really felt a wonderful connection with this book and its writer, it really transported me about 100 times as Steven pleased! And I was happy with it. Even if you don’t care about writing, please give it a try! It is a wonderful book. 

2- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of Eat Pray Love). I must say that this book is a fresh breeze of air! Beautifully written! I read Eat Pray Love, when it was first published and fell in love instantly. I then read her second book: “Committed” and decided it wasn’t for me. So I was a bit hesitant when I ordered “Big Magic”, I didn’t want to be disappointed but because of the wonderful reviews it got, I decided to step in. The style… Oh the style!! Classy, fancy.. It reminded me of the Parisian demoiselles in their little black dresses! So chic and elegant! A self-help book with a touch of magic, that’s all I would say! 

3- Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman. Hmmmm…… What should I say about this book? Simply it wasn’t for me. Unlike its title, the book focuses on depression. It does talk about how we are the masters of our lives, in a very scientific way, and is backed up with tons of experiments that the author and his colleagues did; but it just wasn’t for me. 

4- Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. This lady has the gift of taking you million miles away from where you lay with that book, and showers you with hundreds of emotions one after another! You will cry at the end though…. Happy tears ;). If you had a crazy busy week, (like I did), I totally recommend you take a mini break with this gorgeous book! You’ll thank me later 🙂 

5- Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. I recently listened to a great TedTalk she did about vulnerability and I loved it. So I decided to read her book. The first few chapters got me to think deeply about shame and how vulnerable I am or not. Then things started to get a tad boring. While listening for 18 mins to a talk about shame and vulnerability is interesting, spending 6 hours reading about it is a bit crazy. However, I really liked the topic. We always try to be strong and hide our vulnerable side because it is seen as a weakness, but is it really…? 

6- Thinking Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I still can’t really decide whether I liked this book or not. While I loved that it addresses the way humans behave, and why we all have some dumb moments because even though we are capable of thinking our ways to better conclusions, we don’t! Because we are so lazy to do so! however I thought it was ridiculously long, and could have been summarised in few points. 

If you read any of the above books, I would love to know your opinion!! 


Happy Reading: Hello October!

This last week has been a hectic one, from planning meet-ups with the moms, to planning an even bigger event (which I will talk about very soon). Of course let’s not forget to add to that pile, my little bundle of joy, who is not so little anymore. Who now gets to choose what to eat, wear, or do! And try reasoning with a soon to be 20months old toddler (Warning!! Not a good idea lol). With that said, I have to admit that my last month’s list of books was a terrific one! The books were so informative and managed, each time I opened them, to transport me to a world that was calm, serene, and full of life at the same time. I really recommend reading them all!! 

1- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. This book was recommended to me by a good friend, whose opinion I highly trust. So even though it was a self-help book, and I don’t usually like these kind of books -because they only talk about the problem yet never give solid solutions as the book cover always claims- I still looked it up on google. The reviews were really encouraging, so I looked it up in the Kindle store, I could’t find it! So I ordered it online and was extremely delighted when it was delivered to my door step! The book is absolutely incredible. It is full of great ideas and advices on how to improve your life just by making small changes everyday! 

2- Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. If you feel like leaving your house and taking a mini break, then this book is for you! It is a novel that will make you laugh, cry, sing, and even more! I connected with Sidney, Ridge, Maggie….etc. When I finished it, I was absolutely devastated because I wanted more! 

3- The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, by Mat Ridley. I started this book skeptical because economy is in no way my cup of tea. However, and after just few pages, I started devouring it like a beautiful piece of red velvet cake! The book talks about how even though life is getting better, the world is far from being perfect! The population, the poverty, the internet…etc. 

I hope you enjoy these books as much As I did! Happy reading….!