“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading,” Jane Austen.
I couldn’t have said it better myself! Getting lost in a good book will always be one of my favourite pastimes.
Like I always say, lock me up in a room filled with almond butter and books and I’ll be happy forever. Okay, maybe I don’t always say that, but I could start.
Anyway, the number of books I’ve read in 2017 pales in comparison to the number I read in 2016 (46). So far this year, I’ve only read about 12.
However, the only difference is that this year, I’ve allowed myself to stop reading a book if I’m not inspired by it, whereas last year, I would have forced myself to finish it so I could bring my numbers up. These days, I can’t see the sense in continuing to read a book that doesn’t interest me.
There are far too many inspiring, thought-provoking and informative books out there to stick with something that doesn’t light your fire. Instead of focusing on how many books I’m reading, I’m focusing on how many books I read that truly reach me. Quality, not quantity!
So without further ado, here are three of the most inspiring, soul-quenching books I’ve read so far this year:
1. The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts. Sometimes all you need is to go down the rabbit hole of pondering the universe, time, human life and all that good stuff. Is anyone really good or evil? How does perception affect reality? What is really real anyway? If questions like these pique your interest, I would definitely take a look at The Book. Zooming out to look at the big picture of the universe can have an amazing effect on the way you see the world. Not only will you realize how small we really are, but you’ll also start to see your problems as teensy, too. Watts brings up so many valid points about society as well, so the non-conformist in you will definitely love this read.
2. Create Your Perfect Future: Heal Your Past to Create the Life of Your Dreams by Anne Jirsch. At once trippy, helpful and just plain fun, this read will teach you how to go backwards and forwards on your life path to change your past, see into your future and heal traumas from past lives. While I’m not sure if I performed the exercises in the book properly, I definitely found the ideas fascinating and encouraging. Ride on a buggy down a dirt road to spy on my future self so I can make the right decision about my career? Sounds like an awesome way to spend an afternoon to me! If you don’t believe in Jirsch’s theories, at least you’ll have a chance to really think about your current path and where it will lead you in five or ten years’ time.
3. Creating Money: Attracting Abundance by Sanaya Roman. If you’ve ever struggled with negative beliefs around money, then this one is for you. We don’t realize how many limiting ideas surrounding money are out there, from believing money is hard to come by to seeing rich people as evil or greedy. This book will help you clear up some of these beliefs, or at least acknowledge them, and therefore, bring more cash flow into your life. Learn how to turn your passions into a career, bring your needs into your life rapidly, and overall become more attuned to the frequencies of abundance through this book.
I’m so excited to keep reading and update you guys with another list before the new year. What are you currently reading? I would love some recommendations!