Happy May! I want to start off the month with a books post because it’s been a while since I’ve written about this lovely topic. I’ve been reading a bunch of different books lately (still working on re-reading the Harry Potter series, of course) in a lot of different genres. I’ve been getting a lot of good recommendations from my friends about different self-development books and they’ve been really interesting to read. Here are some of the standouts!
101 Essays to Change the Way You Think
I’ve slowly been reading this great compilation written by Brianna Wiest. Here’s what Amazon has to say about this book: “Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.” And I agree; many of the essays I have read so far have changed a way that I think. I recommend this to everyone, regardless if they like reading or not. This is a must read, for sure.
Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur has gained such popularity of her first collection of poems. I have been reading it over and over and dog-earring my favorite poems that stand out to me or move me. The official summary: “The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you’re just willing to look.” And that’s a true statement that I believe because I have read this book. Sometimes there are things that hurt in life, but there’s something in everything for everyone. You can’t go wrong with this New York Times Best-Seller.
I was very surprised by the vulgar title of the book, and then I started reading bits and pieces of it. This self-empowerment book is perfect for the collegiate athlete and every day college student (and everyone else, honestly) because it has seven lessons for the reader: I am willing, I am wired to win, I got this, I embrace the uncertainty, I am not my thoughts; I am what I do, I am relentless, and I expect nothing and accept everything. Gary John Bishop outdoes himself with this killer self-empowerment book. Grab a copy today!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson wrote this murder mystery novel a while back (reissued in 2011) and it has stood the test of time ever since. Here’s the summary: “Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappears over forty years ago. All of these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together, they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.” This novel was so popular, there were two movies made. A Swedish version and an American version (honestly, the Swedish version is darker but better. More true to the book.). I recommend the book, the Swedish movie version, and if you have time to spare, check out the American one, too!
These are all of the books that I have my hands on for the month of May. They span across a few different genres, but they’re all good books in their respective ways! I think everyone would enjoy each other books in multiple ways. Change your way of thinking! See the beauty in the ugly things! Unfu*k yourself! Read a murder mystery. I liked reading all of these books because the world is so big and full of different ideas, it’s almost a crime to not open your mind as much as possible. Thank you so much for reading!