Book Recommendations Volume 1

My friends frequently ask me what books I recommend so I got inspired to start this quarterly series! I signed up for a Columbus Metropolitan Library card about 2 years ago and it has been a game changer. I can reserve the books I want to read and discover new ones. Whenever I go to the library I am always at peace and leave with a feeling of joy! I even have a thrifted wicker basket I designated specifically for books to read.

As a child I participated in the yearly summer reading club where you earn free rewards/gift certificates if you read so many books. In college I spent numerous hours at the Ohio State Libraries studying (ok…and napping) and to this day Charlie and I will visit campus and walk around Thompson library to entertain our nostalgia. We love to make trips to the CML main campus location because it is a work of art.

I have not really dabbled into audiobooks even though they are more time convenient. I just love to hold books, flip the pages, look for my bookmark, write down pertinent passages. All of this helps me relax and enhances my sacred ME time. I especially love self help books. What I have come to find is that if a book does not resonate with me at that time then I lose interest. There are so many books that I start but cannot finish because it doesn’t help me at that moment.  Perhaps in the future I may pick it up again to see if I can relate to the words.

Sometimes life gets busy and months will go by where I will not read a book. 2019 has brought a new rejuvenation for reading therefore I want to share some of my recommendations of books I have read so far this year.

  • How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick:  Sophia recommended this to me! This book really helped me understand myself and my “work” approach. Emilie talks about the idea of multipotentialite (someone of many different interests and creative pursuits) which really gave light to who I am.

  • You are a Badass at Making Money: Matter the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero: The first 2 chapters of this book were very eye opening for me and I believe applicable to anyone. This book doesn’t tell you how exactly to make money, but how to change how you perceive money. What I took away from this is my desire for financial freedom and that a desire for wealth does not mean you are greedy, but rather, want opportunity to do all the things you love – to be more of who you are.

  • Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines: I’m a big fan of Fixer Upper and just flipping through this book felt so special. All the pictures really indulged my aesthetic eye. This book gave me SO. MUCH. INSPIRATION. on decor and cultivating items to make your home a sanctuary. 

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz: I have not read a novel in so long and this was both interesting and refreshing. Charlie recommended this book to one of his best friends and I decided to read it. The script is active and the language is like Dominican Republican street talk. The book is divided into chapters based on different characters and their pursuit (with mostly downfalls) for love. Not the most uplifting book, but the stories and culture captivated me. I finished this book in less than a week!

Books have read in the past that I recommend:

  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  • milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
  • the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
    • both of her books contain beautiful poems that will make you cry and fill you with love at the same time
  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (of course)

What books have you enjoyed? Let me know!

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