January’s edition of “The Good Read” has an overarching theme, and I like to think it’s a worthy one. Last month I did not put together a list of book recommendations due to the fact that I simply didn’t read any new books! I had been running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, shopping for gifts and spending time with friends and family and as a result my free time was spend sleeping or watching TV. Simply put, I was stressed!
That is why this months selection consists of books that discuss ways in which to recenter and refocus our lives when faced with periods of stress or difficulty. I had entered the book store with an open mind but found myself being drawn to the Self Help section once again. That, along with the recommendations of friends and co-workers led me to this collection of inspiring and motivation reads that I am super excited to share with all of you.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I know nearly everyone has probably read this already, but for those who a little late to the party like I was, this is a must read. Originally written in Portuguese, Paulo Coelho’s book has now been translated into 69 different languages and is an international best seller setting the record as the most translated book in history by a living author.
The book follows Santiago, a boy whose reoccurring dream of a hidden treasure in Egypt has led him on a journey to discover its meaning. At the core of this book is the notion of Santiago and all human beings having been born with a “personal legend,” and that when you want something the universe conspires to help you achieve it. Chalk full of metaphors and imaginative story telling, I had a hard time putting this book down.
Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off The Beaten Path by Erin Loechner
As an avid viewer of anything HGTV, I was very excited when I found out that Erin Loechner from Design For Mankind had written a book. Chasing Slow is a look into our tendencies to want to live life in the fast lane. Loechner explores this concept through the lens of her own life, where she had built a following over over a million and had appeared to have the ultimate dream life all before the age of 30 despite feeling so lost.
At the heart of this book is the idea that often times the things that truly fulfill and satisfy us are off the beaten path, and that a lot of the times the things you are searching for are right beneath your nose.
Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
The author of the best selling book “The Happiness Project” is back, this time with a look inside the age old question; can people change? As someone who is a firm believer in self discipline and the power of the mind, I found that this book gives you all of the tools to take your life into your own hands and approach things from a new and refreshing angle.
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind a Frantic Life for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Neiquist
Are you getting a sense of the theme of this months selection’s yet? Shauna Neiquist wrote this book after experiencing the burn out that unfortunately plagues a lot of us in our every day lives, and set out to walk a path of “grace, love, rest and play.”
In this collection of essays Shauna shares her journey to rediscovering who she was once the stresses and frantic way of life she once engulfed herself in was removed and replaced with a much simpler way of life. One that focuses on her family, health and mental well being. This book is another great tool for anyone looking to reinvent themselves and their own lives!
*featured image cutesy of Honestly Modern.