In this post: Find my 3 book suggestions for women to read. These are 3 great books that kept me busy during the warm month of August. Find as well my 2 top tips if you want to pick up you reading habits.
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>>This post is dedicated to my father, who has always pushed me to read as many books as my little brain could absorb. Four years without you is a long time, dad <<
Hi girls, how are you today?
Summer seems to be slowly fading away as a distant memory. This year, however, I managed to pick up my once seemingly lost reading habits and I couldn’t be happier.
Since I was a kid I have always been a tiny bookworm (and a reason for pride for my big bookworm father).
However, as we grow up, friends, boyfriends, kids… well, life gets in the way. Add to that the constant addiction from numbly scrolling on social media, and we find ourselves with very limited time to invest in reading.
If I can be honest, I’ve already read an average of 8 books this year (and we’re only halfway through, so yaaaay).
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How to Read More Books More Often
Before going into my 3 August book suggestions for women, I have two great tips that really helped me reawaken my passion for reading.
Option 1) Get a Kindle (or any other ebook reader)
I know what you’re about to say: I like physical books.
Well, so do I! In fact, to me, nothing beats the smell of an old book and the delicious sound of those longstanding, yellowish book pages when you turn them. There is something unique about reading a physical book.
However, if you, like me, have lost your reading habits, or simply if you want to pick up a reading habit, I can’t say enough how migrating to a Kindle has impacted me.
First things first, it is easy to carry around, so you always have it with you (I read my Kindle when I am waiting at the bank and when I am having a pedicure, for example).
Secondly, two words: placebo effect! This means that when you don’t know how far you are in the book, you avoid getting psychologically tired or lazy to finish it, (or even to pick it up for a casual read).
Third: eBooks are so cheap!!! While a physical book of Game of Thrones, for example, costs nothing below $15, their ebooks go as low as $4. This will motivate you to buy more books (and hopefully read them too).
Option 2) Listen to Your Book
Have you ever tried an audiobook? I was ‘’forced’’ to try it when I could not find a kindle version of a Brazilian book and all I could find was its audio version. I was so interested in the content of the book, that I gave it a go even if I had initial resistance.
The result: I was so surprised by how fast I ‘’read’’ (listened?) to the entire book. After listening to it a while, I got confident and sped up the speaking tone to 1.6, thus making the ‘read’ even faster.
I eventually decided to join Audible (Amazon’s audiobook membership) and I listen to books that I would otherwise not have time to read (such as Thinking Fast and Slow, a book that I have been meaning to read for years and now I can listen to it and stop creating excuses).
In a week listening to my ebook a few times a day, I finally finished it.
August Book Club – My 3 Book Suggestions for Women
1.Joy At Work – Marie Kondo
If you don’t know who Marie Kondo is, your life is about to change.
This is one of the first books I ever listened to in Audible. I must admit, that I bought ‘Joy at Work’ by accident when I wanted in fact to read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ (also from Marie Kondo).
However, this was a very pleasant mistake as I surprisingly took out a lot of very valuable lessons from ‘Joy at Work’ (and previously, I had no intention of reading this one when compared to ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up).
The one main difference between “Joy at Work” and Kondo’s previous works is that, when using the KonMari method at work, one does not just ask what brings that person joy. When sparking joy at work, we also ask what would bring us success.
According to Kondo, “We can only truly spark joy in our work lives when we have put every aspect of it in order, including emails, digital data, work-related tasks, and meetings.
The book is a great source of inspiration on how to get your ideas together. In Joy At Work, you will learn how to prioritize tasks, (while learning how to differentiate important to urgent tasks), how to organize projects, emails, and even paper to have a creative workspace and produce fruitful results.
Kondo and her co-author, Scott Sonenshein, tackle every area of work: From the physical desk to the virtual desktop, and how we manage our time, smartphones, emails, meetings, daily rituals, decision-making, networking, and most dreaded of all, work meetings.
If you are in desperate need of feeling happier at work or even motivated, don’t hesitate to read Joy At Work.
Alternatively, you can also buy all of Marie Kondo’s books collection in one go in a beautifully packaged box.
2.He’s Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
You’ve probably heard of the movie based on this book, which is cute. However, please don’t judge this book solely based on your impressions of the movie.
This book is not written in a storytelling mode, rather than women who write to the authors, Liz and Greg, asking for advice on relationships with men who might not like them they want desperately to believe.
Kindly note that this book is not made as a self-help guide for desperate women and should in fact be read by ALL women alike, so it would always be high on my list of book suggestions for women to read.
I myself am in a happy relationship with my boyfriend for over 3 years and this did not keep me from reading this book. If anything, it helped me appreciate Cris even more, as reading it reminded me just how bad the dating world can be.
The book is well written, with a lot of humor and many valuable lessons that I am sure I will take for life. As soon as I put the book down, I emailed my girlfriends’ Whatsapp groups and immediately recommended the book to all of them (and they are all in serious relationships. One of them is even married).
Have you ever said these words after being ghosted after a great date: ‘’He is just a little shy.” “It’s not his fault he’s a reserved guy.” “He’s just very busy right now.”
Plain and simple: if a man likes you, he will go after you! Take this book as your relationship bible and never create lame excuses again for idiot men who don’t want to be with you.
Here are 3 surefire takeaways from this book:
- You’ll learn that, when it comes to romantic relationships and men, there shouldn’t be any mixed messages. If he is really into you, he’ll let you know by calling when he says, scheduling your next date and be willing to fully commit to the relationship
- You will understand that it is better to detach yourself from the start from guys who cannot fully commit to a relationship
- You’ll come to learn the warning signs that show if someone you’re dating is not really into you.
Many women try to find excuses for men who are acting disrespectfully, but the most empowering move you can make is to stop wasting your time and get out of the relationship. This goes especially when you have reasons to believe you deserve more than what you are getting from the other person.
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3. My Daddy is a Hero, by Lena Derhally
This book is based on the true-crime case of Chris Watts, who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters in the hopes of (supposedly) live happily ever after with his mistress.
The Chris Watts case has disturbed me to a level that is beyond explanation. I was afraid I was too obsessed with the case, as I couldn’t seem to put it down.
How can a seemingly normal father murder his pregnant wife and two baby daughters so coldly?
The book is written by Lena Derhally, a licensed and Imago certified psychotherapist. It is safe to say that, after reading a professional’s opinion on the matter, I can finally put this case to rest. I accept that he is a psychopath and communal narcissist and that the reason that I simply couldn’t grasp how he could do this, is because I am not a psychopath, rather quite a normal human being if I care so much for life in general.
Anyway, there will be a Netflix documentary on the Chris Watts case by the end of September 2020, called American Murder: The Family Next Door.
August Book Club
That’s a wrap, girls. This is what I read during the month of August.
Hopefully, I will be able to keep up with finishing reading the books and listening to 1 for September too.
What about you? Do you have any good book suggestions for women to recommend me? Let me know below. I love a good book, especially when recommended.
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