Happy Reading: Hello March!

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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.

 

Enjoy!!

 

Ouiam

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: 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….! 

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: Hello June! 

  
I always get incredibly excited to write the “Happy Reading” posts! Because I get to share with you guys what I love the most: Books! Plus, summer is already here in the island, so what’s better than sitting by the pool/ beach, with a lemonade, and dive into a good book? Nothing at all right?!! 
The books I read last month, were all about women, it was a mere coincidence, but after reading them, I felt so proud to be a woman myself! We are such complicated creatures yet so simple, don’t ask me how, because I don’t have an answer! This is just how we are! 

So my first book is : 

1- Lila By Marilynne Robinson: This book has it all! After I started reading the first few chapters, I was very close to switching off my kindle, and checking another book -a thing that I never do- but then, as I got to know Lila more, I felt for her. I wanted to know how can anyone -let alone, a woman- feel this lonely and humiliated. How early deprivation causes lasting damages. Being a mother myself, all I wanted to do is take Lila in my arms and tell her that she was safe, and knowing that I couldn’t do that, made me so anxious to finish the book, to know if anyone will reassure and take care of her! This book gives us a sense of wholeness in such gorgeous writing! 

2- The Nazi Officer’s Wife By Edith Hahn Beer and Susan Dworkin: How one jewish woman survived the Holocaust. An unforgettable book about a Holocaust surviver! A woman who was studying law in Vienna, when the Gestapo forced her and her mother into the Jewish Ghetto! Her life changed, her main purpose in life now, was to stay alive and be reunited again with her mother! Love, Dedication, Hate, Drama, Terror, Struggle and more! A powerful book! 

3- Leaving Time by Jody Picoult: Now this book really left me so confused! I honestly don’t know whether I liked it or not. Who is familiar with Jody’s books, will know that she always writes about another world, and this is what I like about her, she takes you to this new world, where everything is possible, but this book was SAD! I certainly enjoyed reading it YES, but it was a hot mess! 

4- The Boston Girl : A pleasant and easy to read book, perfect for the holidays. It is a snapshot of a great woman’s life, a story of a young woman breaking out of her cultural norms. 

4- Wild by Cheryl Strayed: This book was the adrenaline kick I needed. It is about a girl who hiked 1,100miles along the pacific crest trail in a bid to escape her demons. I don’t approve of many things she did, but her courage and willpower, blew my mind off! I admired her honesty and how she could face her own fears and turn them into nothing but strength. A fascinating book.

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did! Happy Reading! 

Ouiam