Reading! One of my favorite pastimes, put a book in front of me, and I will read it. Throughout the month I have read a variety of books that I am ready to share with you guys!
My first read was F*ck Feelings by Michael I. Bennett
Psychiatrist Michael I. Bennett wrote this book along with his comedy writing daughter, Sarah Bennett. Honestly, right up my alley, humor and therapy coming right together to give me life advice. I pulled this book off of my local library’s shelf and was instantly hooked. This book had the most raw and honest self help book I have read. If you want non sugar coated truth that will make you chuckle with every page, this book is for you. My eyes have been open to the fact that regardless of environment or my own mental health issues, I can say f*ck it to my feelings and make my life happier.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Call this the self improvement book month (or way of life,) because I am obsessed. Sincero followed right along with the funny and raw delivery of her message. With very real examples from her personal life and truth bombs that some of us did not want to hear (guilty!) this book changed my life. I got the audio book version from my local library app and enjoyed hanging with Sincero on my drive to work. This book left me feeling like I could, can, and will do anything, a n y t h i n g, I set my mind to. Now off to buy that new Audi….. 😉
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Oprah, one of my favorite people of all time. This book is a must read, Oprah honestly should add it to her own book club…it is that good. The personal insights to Oprah’s life helped me feel more connected to the rest of humanity, we are all the same, we all go through the same struggles. Knowing that Oprah once flushed a man’s keys down the toilet, well, it inspires me, and makes me feel happy knowing she is human too. Her constant reassurance throughout this book can give anybody from any background the confidence to know everything will turn out alright. I listened to this audio book straight through while relaxing in the bath and drinking some coffee, cheers to self care.
The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
This book is very different from Bryson’s usual style of writing, being his personal memoir. To give this work my brutally honest opinion, it was not for me. I love memoirs, but Bryson’s life was not the kind that interests me to read about. I was intrigued that he grew up in Des Moines since I grew up just an hour away from the city, but I had a hard time continuing to read this. If you are into Bryson as an author I think you may appreciate getting to know him more and seeing a lot of his humor come out, especially surrounding Iowans.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Reading this was a very eye opening experience. I loved the delivery through a graphic novel, and it helped my soft heart handle the blow of the hard reality some people had to suffer. Her story of her childhood is inspirational after seeing all of the adversity she overcame. It also made me feel very grateful for my life while educating me about history and the reality that others have had (and still do) have to live. This is a memoir I will never forget reading.
These five titles were my reads for the month, I hope to see you back for my next reads soon and if you are wanting to know what I am currently reading, have read or want to read you can head over to my good reads account here.
See ya later!