The end of another month means the end of another list of books. I'm back to recap my reads from this month, what I loved, what I didn't love and what I would wholeheartedly recommend to a stranger on the street.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
I have heard about this book from many people and wanted to read it myself for a long time. The hype was well deserved, in my opinion. This book helped open my eyes and taught me a lot about life, and specifically what I can do to improve my life. I am excited that I got my hands on this book and to add another of his books, A New Earth, to my reading list.
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud
My dear sister recommended this book to me, and I am glad she did. There was so much information packed into this book, information that I didn't know I didn't know. This is the perfect guide for anyone that struggles with boundaries, or, if you don't struggle with boundaries it can show you where you may be crossing them or allowing yours to be crossed. With great examples that fit into real life, I feel like this book was very easy to learn from and integrate into my life.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
What a book. At first, I was hesitant about the style of the book, it was different and felt a little bit weird, but it did not take me long to fall in love with the message behind the seemingly unconventional style. This book empowers creativity and the idea of unlocking your potential to be whatever you want. Essentially, this book is everything that the world will not tell you, it is the opposite. No fears, no what-if's or not good enoughs, pure encouragment and power to create.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
This has to be my favorite book of the month. I got about 40 pages into the book, and when I picked it back up the next day, it didn't go back down until I was done. It was truly a captivating and unexpected story. I laughed, I cried and became so encapsulated in this story as if it was my own life. Honestly, I did not want the book to end, every sentence left me begging for more and wondering what was to come at the turn of the page. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
It has been awhile since I read a book that I did not like, but this was one of them. If I hadn't been reading this book for school, I probably would not have finished it. Each page felt like a week long sentence in the most boring lecture you could imagine. There was a lot of meaning and thought provoking parts to this book, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
How Not to Die by Michael Greger
After 17 hours of listening, I can stay I am now a health genius..well, not really, but I know a lot more than I used to. I honestly thought this book would bore me and sound like a science or nutrition lecutre, but the information and facts about the power of food was acutally enthralling. Through the weeks it took me to finish this book I would run to my sister or my mom with new groundbreaking (to me, atleast) information. While the book did not completley convert me to the healthiest of eating habits and lifestyles, I am much more aware of what I put into my body is doing to me, and can be doing for me.
Those were my December reads, be sure to check back to see what books I finish in January, and maybe add a few books to your reading list.