During these times of social distancing, I wanted to share some book recommendations you can read/listen to during your time spent at home. Let me know if you have read any of the books and we can start a virtual book club among strangers!
Now is as good a time to work on yourself while being stuck inside and keeping your germs to yourself! Who says 2020 still can’t be your year (despite the world literally falling apart right now)??
Everyone loves a good self-help book. I used to think self-help books were a bunch of BS, but then I started reading more of them inadvertently and now I’m hooked! To me, self-help books are using other people’s reflections as a mirror into my own self-explorations. They aren’t here to provide answers necessarily, but are keys to start unlocking the hidden worlds within yourself. After all, we are all connected in the human experience, even if we’re different.
Here are my faves (so far):
I do have some mixed feelings about how this book perpetuates the myth that people can find purpose through capitalism, but ultimately, after I finished this book, I literally added 15 more self-help books about finding your passion to my wishlist. I don’t think I necessarily need help finding my passion, but this book helped me find a renewed motivation to pursue my passion outside of my paid work (this blog and writing in general).
2. Year of No Nonsense: How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Life by Meredith Atwood
This book is hard work. Not a hard read, but it asks a lot of questions to really get you thinking about decluttering your life of nonsense. Truth Onions, and Avocados, and Prisons, oh my! Meredith is real and won’t give you the BS of “Just love yourself!” Because life’s not that simple, hence, why this book is hard!
3. More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth
Most of these books, as you will see, are written by white women., so I had to add a splash of color from a bad-ass biracial goddess. Elaine came to me at the perfect time in my life when I needed to hear her talking about cutting out aspects of her life that forced her to shrink who she was to fit some kind of mold (as I gush about here). In work or relationships, read about bravery of always claiming space.
4. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
I read this book when I first moved out on my own after grad school. I didn’t realize there were so many things I had no idea how to do! By all means, this is not a comprehensive list (I still don’t know who to do a lot of “real adult things” and I still have to google a lot), but it’s a great starting point. A great gift for graduation (whether they have been cancelled or postponed due to ‘Rona)!
5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
You know all about how this book is where it all started with this blog! I was convinced that I didn’t have an ounce of creativity in me. While this book spoke to me because it’s mostly about writing (and I would very much like to consider myself a writer), it can be applied to any expression of creativity. Middle finger to fear!
Do you often find yourself exhausted at the end of the day? Need help with time management? You might have a problem giving too many f*cks you don’t have. This book (as the title suggests) will give you the tools to declutter your life of the f*cks you don’t wanna give. Also, Sarah Knight just doesn’t give a f*ck and all her books are great!
I love Brené Brown! She is a social worker like me and talks about vulnerability (something I love as a Cancer, but also something I struggle with since I’m a crab). This is my favorite book by Brené, but any of her books will help you get your life together. And if you don’t like reading, you can just cheat and watch her Netflix special!
As you can see, I am in a constant search to get my life together. What books have helped you get your life?