Episode 1: You Can Have it All
For most of my life, I was under the impression that I could only read one book at a time.
It was a constant internal battle of commitment. I love books so much!
Every time I found a new book that tickled my fancy, I just had to read it. So, in this dire situation, I had no idea how to control my textual addiction…I also had no idea that my commitment to commitment was actually resulting in complete and utter non-commitment. I’m pretty sure I went through a five-year streak where I averaged one book a year (and one of those years included a three-part trilogy…)
After years of struggling with one book to the next, this huge book nerd is here to tell you one of the most important things that I have learned along my paged journey:
You don’t have to choose; you can have it all.
These days, I spend my time rolling around in as many books as I want (in the landscape of my mind, because I read mostly digital these days.)
So, on that note, here is the list of epic books that I just finished, am reading right now, and that I have itching to have me get at their pages…
The epic books that I just finished
Deception Point by Dan Brown
I just cooked through this book like it was nobody’s business! Dan Brown is now one of my favorite author’s. The first of his that I read was Angels and Demons. From that book on, I was hooked! I already have The DaVinci Code in my Kindle library ready to go now that I have binged this book. SO. GOOD.
I won’t give any spoilers, so just expect to read a thriller that will have you stopping to slap the book, because of the twists and turns that take you by storm. It is a page turner!
Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
The true start of my education led minimalist journey began with this book and I talk about it’s awesomeness in this post.
I had never been more inspired to tear through my apartment and get rid of all of my belongings before reading Fumio’s words. He truly has a way of speaking through his text in a way that makes sense. While Fumio definitely takes minimalism to the next level in his own life, he does a great job of inspiring the unique level of minimalism that you may apply to your own life.
The epic books that I am reading (simultaneously) right at this moment
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
This is my go-to book when I am at work, which means that I am not nearly as far through it as I would like to be. But, this is a perfect lunch time read.
Hygge (hoo-guh) is all about comfort, cozy, and being relaxxy. The exact things that I like to focus on when I am halfway through a hectic work day. It is a cute and thoughtful book that encourages my mind to unwind for at least 15 minutes while I eat my lunch at my desk. (Still trying to work on having a real lunch time, but, for now, this is accceptable.)
I also have been working on bringing out the hyggelig into my own life! (You have to read the book to find out what that means. 😉 )
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
My totally awesome co-worker Nancy gave me this book right before my trip to Las Vegas. I was in the process of finishing Deception Point just in time to jump right into this on the plane. And, let me tell you, this might not be the kind of book that you want to read on a plane unless you want to occasionally clutch your neighbor for emotional support (luckily that was my boyfriend.)
My short synopsis is that this is the story of a Jewish family’s survival in Poland during WWII. I have been getting into WWII history and learning more about Hitler (I know that sounds weird…), so this novel is right up my alley. This is one of those books where you constantly have to remind yourself “Yes, this happened in real life.”, choke back your tears, and trudge onward into the pages. It is incredibly well-written and I am thankful to have been gifted with such an awe-inspiring book. Thanks, Nancy. 🙂
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
I just started this one. As in, I am barely into chapter one after just getting through the introduction, and, I have to say: WOW, I love it already!
I can already tell that the whole basis of this book is going to be so much deeper than “invest this way”, “save this way”, “cut back this way”. The vibe I am getting from YMoYL is really that of focusing on what you want in your life and how to set goals to get there.
As someone who has recently jumped on the minimalist bandwagon, I am also getting the minimalist vibe. That and essentialist. So, it is really about bringing focus to the things in your life that are the most important to you. Whether it be things (minimalism) or relationships and hobbies (essentialism).
May the soul searching begin!
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (audiobook)
This book speaks to my spirit in such a unique way! As I listen to Jen speak the words that she has written, I feel a light inside of me burn brighter and that is my writers flame.
Not only is she inspiring and have a total knack for imagery and the ability to speak to your inner self, she does it with flare and spunk and tells it like it is. Her style reflects the kind of voice that I, myself, have been working to embrace and let fly. It’s unique and funny and you can feel all of the quirks of her personality come through. I hope that someday I can write the way that I speak just as she does.
Thank you, Jen, for shining your light on this world in the only way that you can. ❤
The epic book (there are really so many more than just one) that I have in queue ready for me to devour
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
I barely started this book about a month ago and then got caught up with the other titles mentioned above, BUT I am still looking forward to reading this!
I can’t tell you how many times I have seen pictures of people implementing Marie’s organization tips and I am happily ready to be wonderfully brainwashed into her cult of followers! She, like Fumio above, has become famous for her approaches to minimalism; Marie even has a method that she developed herself: the KonMari Method. Once I get through a couple of the others in my current “book bag” of sorts, I will be picking this back up and taking it to heart!
There is just not enough time in a day
So, these are the awesome books that I have read, am reading, and look forward to diving into here soon. I hope that you will take a peak at these titles and wet your book-lovin’ whistle with their pages.