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

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