Updated: Jan 23, 2021
I’ve never really considered reading as a hobby of mine. Reading anything extra out of uni textbooks or school books didn’t really appeal to me. I’d read the odd book here and there but probably no more than a book or two a year. Shocking right? Well it is to me, especially now as I am hooked on three books all at the same time.
If you’ve read my blog post titled ‘Amendments’ you would have seen that I said that one of my goals is to read more. Well let me tell you, I am for sure not finding it hard to reach that goal yet. I set myself the task to read one book per month. A challenging but also reachable goal I set for myself I think, considering I’ve not been hooked into it before. At least not like now.
So to finally reveal the books I’m making all the fuss about I can happily promote:
Book Number 1: Get Your Sh*t Together written by the guru that is Sarah Knight.
I picked up this book after receiving it as birthday gift probably 3 years ago now (maybe someone was hinting something to me I was unaware about, whoops), and am very pleasantly surprised. I think I remember reading the blurb when I was given it and thinking it was terribly bossy and not at all anything I could get into. But how wrong was I?! On the cover of the book a sentence reads ‘How can you stop worrying about what you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do’. When I scanned my eyes over the front cover when I was unpacking my life after moving back to the U.K. from the Caribbean in August 2020 it was as if a lightbulb just switched on, I had no idea that everything that was going on in my head, all the worries and the unanswered questions I was integregating myself with, were just there, simply put in one sentence on the front cover of this book.
So, I dived right into it and love every time I pick it up and read a few pages.
I’ll let you know what I think of it when I’ve finally finished it.
Book Number 2: IKIGAI. The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles.
Just to briefly explain why I invested in this particular book, I simply have for some time now, wanted to visit the rural parts of Japan, I just think they’re absolutely stunning and I can only dream of the amount of rich culture there, I also feel a sense of sincere peace with some things I read about rural Japan. Of course, I’ll have to discover it for myself and check if what I’ve been reading is accurate but for now a book on the long and happy life based on how some people in Japan live is the closest I can get to that.
Anyways, onto the actual book, I’m only on page 43 (feeling ashamed that number isn‘t yet triple figures considering I started it in the new year of 2021, but hey it’s better than page 42. And I’ve been pretty swamped with Uni work). Cursing myself now though for making excuses. Anyways back to it! So as I was saying, page 43 and already feel like I’ve learnt a lot! And everything I’ve read I suppose I haven’t really considered before but it makes so much sense. I’m not going to give anything away, no spoilers here. But if you are interested, give it a go and let me know what you think.
Book Number 3: The Dream Dictionary from A to Z. Written by Theresa Cheung.
When I say obsessed with this one, I mean OBSESSED. I think I’m one of those fortunate people that somehow remember most of their dreams and very vividly too. Don’t worry it’s definitely got its curses too if you’re feeling left out or envious, the biggest curse - re-occurring childhood nightmares... horrible! This is the first book I touch each day when remembering my dream, I am so excited to wake up and find out what it all means. So if you’re into the same kind of spooky dream stuff as me, I’d check this one out.