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I have been on a reading kick lately! Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a BIG reader, but there are times when I read more than other. Right now, I am taking on a combination of really awesome self help books, and some comfortable fiction. I don’t know about you, but I have a good selection of books that I can read over and over again.
I go back and forth between hard copy and Kindle. Typically, the books on my Kindle are going to be the comfortable ones, because I read before bed, but I have a ridiculously varied collection on there. The other thing that is nice about my Kindle is the conveniences – an entire library, in a tiny package! Nothing quite beats a real book, though. Turning pages, hearing the rustle of paper, even the smell of books…
To get to the point, though, right now I have several books going, and they are all so amazing that I wanted to share them with you!
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
I am one of those that fell in LOVE with Eat, Pray, Love. I follow Elizabeth Gilbert online, and every time I read something she has written, I adore her even more. With Big Magic, she enraptures me yet again! I’m only half way through it, but this book has me remembering what imagination is like, and digging deep for my lost creativity, while realizing that it makes NO difference what others think about it. Want to write a story, but not sure if you want to publish it? Write it for yourself! Have you always wanted to be elbows deep in clay, sitting at a pottery wheel, but afraid you won’t make anything “good”? Who cares, you don’t have to please anyone but YOU! Want to learn tap, ballet, yoga, snowboarding, but feel too old? Says who? This book is an amazing argument to those self doubts that we all have with our own inner critic.
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
This book is on my Kindle, for one good reason – even with Amazon Prime, I couldn’t wait to read it, and opted for instant gratification! (that’s why I have no picture of my own copy!) Jen Sincero has a wonderful tell it like it is way of inspiring and motivating, again, challenging self doubts and insecurities. I’m not quite as far in this one, but this is an amazing read for anyone wanting to find their best life.
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur – Cara Alwill Leyba
Okay, Cara Alwill Leyba is one of my new heros. I previously read Fearless and Fabulous, and am now on to Girl Code. It’s like being able to sit down with your girlfriend, who also happens to be your mentor! The dialogue is casual and fun, and has already done so much for me as far as motivation in my business ventures!
The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top -Michelle Visage
I recently rediscovered Audible. When my husband is playing video games, or I’m spinning yarn or knitting, or sometimes even cooking dinner, I can pop in my headphones and listen away! Right now, I’m listening to The Diva Rules. Michelle Visage would have to be my other current hero, and has all the Jersey guts I wish I could have! Throughout this book (which, if you get the audio version, she narrates herself, in her amazing, gravelly, pulls no punches voice!), she tells some of her story, and shows that even with the fun and awesome things she has done, it took guts, and there were times she herself was TERRIFIED! Oh my goodness, you get scared TOO??? It’s okay, darling!!! Michelle Visage is exactly what I need in my life right now!
Tears of the Sun – Nora Roberts
Remember how I talked about books I can read over and over? I’m not a die hard Nora Roberts or J.D. Robb fan, but this trilogy…wow. It’s well know that Nora Roberts is a great story teller, and the way she paints the picture of the rolling Irish hillside, the sound of the sea, and the charming village of Ardmore, I can’t help but visit it again and again. This trilogy has romance without being too sappy, folklore, and a perfect Irish pub, complete with at least one ceili (why can’t WE party like that??), and breathtaking imagery.
I can’t complete this post without mentioning that every night I read Harry Potter on my Kindle – I’m a Potter Nerd. Right now, it’s Prisoner of Azkaban, though my ten year old and I are reading Chamber together as well!
What about you? Any recommendations?