What a weird couple months. It's rare that I start a book and don't finish it, and in the past 2 months I did that with THREE books.... but it's not what you might think, I actually LIKED all 3 of them and stopped reading each for a different reason. So... here's what I read (and listened to) and why I quit most of them! lol
So my first book fail was Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown.
I knew this going into reading this book, but it's written for someone a good 15 years younger than me. It's got some great life tips as well as personal growth tips that I'd recommend for any woman just out of college.
It also had a great section on how to write a Thank You letter that I keep meaning to go back and grab notes on.
The only reason I didn't finish it is because I felt my time could have been better spent reading something I could get more personally or professionally from.
My next book fail was a book I've been meaning to read forEVER.... The Four Agreements!!!
I actually LOVED this book and definitely recommend it for everyone. I read it at a time when I was dealing with some personal shit and it was exactly what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. So why did I quit it? I'm not really sure! I made it through each of the agreements and then never finished the final chapters. Maybe I'll go back and finish it someday. :)
I loved it so much that I want to share some quotes from the book below!
Be impeccable with your word
“The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic. But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth. Depending upon how it is used, the word can set you free, or it can enslave you even more than you know.”
Don't take things personally
“When you take things personally, then you feel offended, and your reaction is to defend your beliefs and create conflicts. You make something big out of something so little, because you have the need to be right and make everybody else wrong. You also try hard to be right by giving them your own opinions.”
Don't make assumptions
“We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. We could swear they are real. We make assumptions about what others are doing or thinking — we take it personally — then we blame them and react by sending emotional poison with our word. That is why whenever we make assumptions, we’re asking for problems. We make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing.”
Always do your best
" Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the exact same from one moment to the next."
My third and final book fail was The Desire Map. This book is AMAZING!! Especially if you've been feeling stuck and don't know what you want out of life. It really makes you think about how you want to FEEL, not just what you want, in life, which keeps you from reaching goals but then still feeling unfulfilled.
I originally listened to it on audible while driving. The first half is great for listening, but the 2nd half is much more hands on, take notes, get your ideas down on paper... which is the only reason I quit it half way through. If you decide to check out this book and want to listen to the audio, I highly recommend also getting the paperback version for the 2nd half.
Stay tuned for next month's book blog.... I have one on audible, one in paperback, and another up on deck that I'm loving so far! It's been a good month for reads. :)
If there's a book you think I need to check out, I'd love to hear about it!
Peace, Love, Glitter & F Bombs,