In homage to one of my all time favorite televisions shows when I was a child, I want to talk about a favorite past time of mine - reading!
I find great joy in opening a brand new book and delving into the words. And yes, I love TANGIBLE books, not e-books; for some weird reason, I never feel like I really own a book that I can't physically turn the pages too.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you a few books, I have read and will be reading this year, along with some of my favorite authors.
I love to read (did I mention that already?!) and really have no qualms or restrictions on genre. As long as it is enlightening and the writing is good, I am one satisfied customer.
This book right here!!!!!
Malcolm Gladwell is truly one of my favorite authors - every book I have read by him - I have not only read more than once, but I have had a pen, highlighter, and paper nearby - because you learn something new every single time!!!
As with all of his books, Mr. Gladwell counters the way we "normally" look at something/someone and changes your perception and perspective through real-life encounters, statistics, and common sense!
If you are going through any type of hardship, life-changing event, etc. - I highly suggest you pick up this book. If you feel like things in your life are too big for you to conquer - like they are a Goliath and your are too small, weak, unprepared, untrained - like David - THINK AGAIN!!!!
This is NOT a motivational - you can do it - book. Rather this is a book that says, re-examine yourself, identify the strength in your supposed weakness and do what you gotta do!
After you thank me for this great summer read, pick up some of Malcolm Gladwell's other books - personal favorites of mine are: Tipping Point & Outliers!!!
*Thanks to my friend Leslie for putting me on to this great author*
Next, we have outrageous humor!!!
All I can truly say is this book has to be the FUNNIEST book I have ever read!
The style of writing and the true yet exaggerated false stories as told by, The Blogess, will have you looking like a crazy person on the train (like me) when you just randomly burst out in laughter!!!
If you are looking for a quick, easy-to read, hilarious, semi non-fiction book this summer - THIS IS IT!!!!
I can honestly say no more than - YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!
*My co-worker Jess shared this book with me - I knew we became friends for a reason!*
Now I will preface this by saying that I absolutely LOVE children. And I feel that every child has in them the ability to read exceptionally well and understand what they are reading.
On that note, I love reading children's books that inspire young boys and girls with lasting life principles, such as boldness, honesty, faith, respect, pride, and love.
This book, Kai - A mission for her Village, does all that and more for young girls!!! A quick yet powerful read (coming from a 27 year old), I highly suggest obtaining the entire series from this author for your children. And if you don't have children, you know one - so give it as a gift. What better gift to give a young mind than education!!!
Lastly, because I have kept you waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long - we have two books that I have recently purchased but not yet read.
The first, Gone Girl, came highly recommend by my BFF and the NY Times (not a bad combo). I have heard that you won't want to put the book down once you have started - so I'm saving it for a lazy weekend on the beach (or a bench in the park under trees, or in my bed surrounded by air condition - since I don't like the sun and/or heat - lol).
Secondly, Words from a Wanderer by Alexandra Elle, is a compilation of poems and notes that I'm excited to delve into. I heard one poem shared on web series called "First" by Issa Rae (highly suggest you check it out) and I loved it! You just never know where you will find inspiration!
So as I bid you adieu, I will leave you with this:
Find a pastime/hobby and enjoy the heck out of it!
Once you figure out what it is that you love, trust me, you will find others who share the same love and that's when things really start happening!
Reading is a gateway to everything - whether it be poems, novels, comics, fiction, non-fiction, paperback or hardcover - you can't go wrong with a GREAT BOOK!!!!
But you don't have to take my word for it.......
Take a look - It's in a book!!!
Tootles lovies - HAPPY READING!