“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather, how many can get through to you.”

I read somewhere once that books are like mirrors -what you see within them are a reflection of what’s already within you. To put it more simply, your perspective and take-away from whatever book you read, will majorly be based on your beliefs and thought processing. Two persons could be reading copies of the same piece of literature, and their understanding and interpretation of the content will be completely different; it happens all the time. I think this is one of the reasons books have always been a love of mine… the fact that we can find new meanings of our own among the carefully crafted gallery of words; and it gets even better if you have a fellow enthusiast to discuss them with… trust me, geeky book talk sessions can get so heated and entertaining.

From my teenage fascination of romance novels (I use to read a new one each day, literally), to the world of all things supernatural, to historical (non)/fiction, to books for the “active minds”, you name it- my head’s regularly hidden within pages of thought-provoking words. If you’re also an active/consistent reader, then you probably know how powerful the simple act of reading a good quality book can be. For the past few years, I’ve been more into self development/ personal growth books, books I can either relate to or learn beneficial tips from. I recently created my reading list for the rest of the year, and thought I’d share the books I’ll be reading for the next couple of months.

The list
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah~ “An unforgettable portrait of love and war”

I’m currently on the 28th chapter and so far, this book has left me in anger, sadness, happiness…a complete whirlwind of emotions. It’s centered around the fictional journey of two Parisian sisters, during the time of World War II. I’m very picky when it comes to reading historical fiction, but I can say that this book was well worth the purchase. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be left in tears by the end.

The Dark Between Stars, by Atticus~

“Love by its very nature is fragile and that’s what makes true love so powerful- you make a fragile thing strong”

Although I’ve outgrown my obsession with romance novels, I’m still a big lover of love. In this collection of short poems that describes the joy, pain, and loneliness that reside along the journey of relationships, there’s a brilliant mix of slight amusement, nostalgia and relatable experiences. The beautiful pictures inside makes this book even more enjoyable to snuggle with under the covers, getting lost between the poems for a while.

Quiet, by Susan Cain ~”Solitude is the catalyst for innovation”

 “The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”.  The moment I came across this book and read its captivating cover, it went straight into my shopping bag for purchase. As a well established introvert, just reading the first few words from the blurb of this book managed to pique my curiosity, and I’m super excited to delve into all the author has to discuss about us, Introverts.

The Beauty of Discomfort, by Amanda Lang~”Truly successful people don’t merely tolerate discomfort- they embrace it and seek it out again and again.”

Who doesn’t like being in there comfort zone? I’m sure most people do. I’ve found that the more my desire to grow myself and my ideas increases, the less I want to stick to my comfort zone. Learning and starting things that I’ve always wanted to but never felt “ready” enough,  going to places by myself, meeting new people- these are among some of the things I’ve been doing to step out of my comfort zone, and the results are beginning to be very rewarding. The author illustrates how many of the things we avoid, things that bring discomfort, are often what we need to grow in all areas of our lives. I’m still learning how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and I’m intrigued to see what I learn from this book to help in the process.

YOU are a BADASS, by Jen Sincero~”All of us are connected to this limitless power and most of us aren’t using but a fraction of it”

Self doubt/lack of confidence can be a very crippling factor to our growth. Even if we don’t think we need it, it’s always good to get some reminder and tips on how to be/ keep being Bad-asses😉 I’ve heard many good reviews about this book, and it was suggested to me by multiple persons. Super excited to give this one a read!

A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle~”There is a way out of suffering into peace”

As a big fan of “The Power of Now” (highly recommend), I was smiling from ear to ear when my sister gave this book to me as a gift, during my visit back home. I’ve temptingly skimmed through, but haven’t yet began reading it (It’s coming up shortly on my list, so you’ll most probably see some thoughts from it). I have no doubt this will also be a beneficial and enjoyable read.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by John Maxwell~ “You must see value in yourself to add value to yourself”

“Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time and energy needed to develop yourself”-Denis Waitley. Just by doing a quick skim of this book, I found so many quotes and phrases that already speak to me. While I’m motivated to get things done and to work on myself most days, I get these really shitty days (and I’m assuming most persons do), where I feel disgustingly unmotivated and just…bleh (for lack of a better word). I thankfully have helpful persons I can talk to on such days, but I’ve found that reading books such as this, writing down some thoughts and principles, and just doing some self reflection gets me back on track.

The Science of Influence, by Kevin Hogan~ “What people say and think they will do, bears little relationship to their actual actions”

Not my usual kind of read, but I was given this book as a gift, and I’m curious to find out the psychological ideas/lessons this author has offered to “get anyone to say YES in 8 minutes or less”.

THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*UCK, BY MARK MANSON~ “in life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give, so choose your fucks wisely.”

There are books you learn valuable lessons and ideas from, then there are the ones that completely manage to knock some life-changing sense into you. This is one of them for me. If you haven’t read this before, I highly suggest you do. It’s unfiltered and to the point…every page is like a reality check. I’ve had it for a good while now, and it’s no doubt one of the books I’ll keep going back to. I’m actually re-reading it right now.

Well, there you have it…the books that will be keeping me company for the next few months. I hope you’ll check out a few! I’d love to know what books you’re currently reading, and how they’ve managed to help you in any way…comment below! <3