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! 

Ouiam

Happy Reading: Hello September!! 

  
   Hey everyone! It’s Monday evening and I just finished cooking dinner, writing a blog post for my online course, making pancakes for tomorrow’s breakfast, sending few emails and texts…. Boy do I feel like a Super-Mama right now! Anyways while doing all that, it hit me that I never posted this month’s “Happy Reading” !! So after I switched off the lights, checked that the doors are locked, put my phone on the charger, here I am taking it back again and about to do what I love : Write about books! 

So here I will leave you with my list for this month of September: 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A friend of mine suggested this book, but the length of it kept on discouraging me. And when I finally dived in I couldn’t put it down. The book is brimming with rich details that fill all five senses. It is beautifully written with beautiful metaphors that paint gorgeous images! A wonderful story about destiny, life and hardships!  

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. A motivating book, on positivity and simplicity. Four steps to live simpler! I liked it and started following these agreements already! 

No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel. This book was recommended to me by a friend. As you may know I LOVE parenting books, and I usually read one every month. The book is a great reminder of what’s important and offers excellent advices. However, I thought it was a little too long which only complicated a simple strategy. 

I still have a huge list of books to tackle, but if you have a good book in mind, do share it with a friend (me) !!

Ouiam 

Happy Reading: July! 

  

I have made it a goal to read every night before bed. I always feel better ending my day with a book in my hands, instead of my phone or iPad, so I’ve got myself a stack of books (both virtual and paper) next to my bed. I also usually carry my Kindle around wherever I go, just in case I get some free time to do some extra reading!  And below I will share with you my last month’s list of books. I have to admit that I have enjoyed them all, and each one of them added a little something to my life! So without further ado (can I have a drumroll please?!) here is my list:
1-The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you would notice that I have recently read one of Gretchen’s other books, and I really loved it, therefore, I decided to read another book of hers. As the title states, it is a project done by Gretchen, in one year she wanted to tackle all the areas that she thought would make her happier. This is not a “Self-help” book, as much as it is a journal, where she kept track of her journey into being a happier person, what she did and did not, what she liked and what she didn’t and of course the final result! And just as her previous book, this one gave me plenty of ideas and mainly pushed me to start my own “Happiness Project”! A Must Read!! 
2-How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Farber and Elaine Mazlish: I know, the title is a little ….hmmm, how should I say that? Let’s just say a little strange lol, however, the content of the book is highly engaging, with examples of each situation you might encounter as a parent and how to deal with it and make the most of it. Even though my son is only 16months, and the book talks mainly about older kids, it still helped me build a foundation of how I want to raise, educate and TALK to my son! If you are a parent then it is definitely THE book!! 
3- Blood Feud:The Clintons vs. The Obamas by Edward Klein: Do you remember few months ago, when I talked about Hliary Clinton’s new book: Hard Choices? Right then, I really hopped that she would become the next president of the United State Of America! Not only because she was a female, but also because she saw things differently! She was the woman in the “pantsuit”! I admired how she wanted to be Hilary the woman, and not always Bill’s wife! I admired that she wanted to tackle Asia as a priority, when she was a secretary of state; and how she came out publicly about Benghazi, Putin, China and many more highly sensitive subjects! However after reading this book last month -If what came in it is 100% true of course, because you can never be sure when it comes to politics- then I am very confused! This book shows a completely different side of Hilary and most definitely, not the one she was displaying in her book! It also brought tons of facts about president Obama that I am sure many of us didn’t know of! Nevertheless, I must say I really enjoyed reading this book, and if I could vote, I would still vote for Hilary! 
4- The Husband’s Secrete by Liane Moriarty: A perfect book for the summer! Cecilia thinks she knows her husband inside out, yet she is surprised to discover a dusty sealed envelope with : ” For my wife -to be- opened only in the event of my death” written on it! What a dilemma…! I really enjoyed this book! 
Happy Reading! 

Ouiam