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!! 

Ouiam  

Happy Reading: April

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By nature, I am a total bookworm. When I was a kid, my dad used to buy me three storybooks every Saturday, and I would be so excited and eager to read them all, that I would stay up all night, and finish all three of them. Then, I keep on re-reading them until the next Saturday finally arrives! But really what’s better than having an hour or two – or sometimes five until I finish the book I started then. Some books have this effect on me- while sipping some tea and waiting for my eyelids to get heavy.

I read anything and everything, really! I love words and sentences, and I think any book, in this world, is worth reading. Of course, I have my preferences, and every month, I spend hours on Google and Goodreads, checking for my kind of books. But my one rule has always been, FINISH THE BOOK YOU STARTED!  No matter how ridiculous this sounds, I truly believe that every book is sacred and it is highly disrespectful to leave it unfinished.

So every month, I download books on my kindle and buy few more on Amazon, because although I love my kindle, I still love to read an actual book. Flip the pages while the smell of the paper caresses my nose. However, I have to say that the kindle is much easier to carry around, especially when you are in the middle of reading few books at the same time, (always my case, the books I read in the morning are not the same ones I read at night). You just do not have to take all three (or five lol) books with you wherever you go, you just take your kindle! This month, and after a dear friend of mine, mentioned it, I will write a small review about some very interesting books, that I have read and greatly liked. And guess what? Yes i will do it every month (yaaay!!).

  • Scary close (Donald Miller): This book is simply out of this world. I usually do not like to read self-help books, so when I saw it on amazon listed as one, I hesitated. On the other hand, it was all over the web, and everyone was saying great things about it. So I decided to dig in. For people like me, who are interested in dropping the act and be themselves, this is definitely THE book!
  • Quiet (Susan Cain): This book will enable you to really understand your own personality. It treats the controversy about how the world sees and thinks of introverts and extroverts. Such a great and inspiring book.
  • Brain Rules For Baby (John Medina): a friend of mine recommended this book, and I just couldn’t put it down after i started it. If you have a baby, or about to have one, this book is a great read. It handles some very interesting topics, DOs and DON’Ts, while pregnant. TV: Yes or No and why?. How to handle tantrums. And many other interesting things.
  • The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell): a very interesting book, especially if you want to start a business. It talks about the little things that make the big difference. The tipping point, as Malcolm says, is the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”
  • The invention Of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd): it is a book to get lost in, the writing and the storytelling is remarkable, short sentences that tell you everything you would want to know.

Now your turn, what is the last great book you have read?  Leave a comment and suggest one book to a friend (me!). what would you recommend?

Ouiam