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Book Talk: My December Reading List

SO, I’m realizing that me providing good ol’ reading lists on my blog is becoming a thing—a good thing that I hope I can stay consistent with over time.

I hope you guys find these lists helpful if you want to read more but get stumped about where to start. I like to mix up genres so I figured no matter what you’re into, you’ll be able to find something you like on here. I successfully knocked out my fall TBR stack minus one (see below), and whew. I really really wish there were more hours in a day so I could have extended, uninterrupted reading time. So many books so little time.

But alas, here we are.

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-Becoming by michelle obama

I got this book on the day it released and started reading it hours after purchase because I was sooo excited. I mean come on, it’s Michelle Obama. I ended up putting it down after page 50 because of the other two reads I was committed to at the time. Now that I’m finished those, I’m ready to get lost in this one again.

-family trust by kathy wang

This book is soooo good. This is Kathy Wang’s debut title and I must say, it’s a great piece of work. I’m almost done with this one but the story is getting good so of course, I don’t want it to end. Definitely add this one to your must read list.

-everything i never told you by celeste ng

I absolutely loooveddddd Little Fires Everywhere, so I decided to purchase yet another read by her. This story seems like it’ll be interesting so I’m excited to dive in.

-calypso by david sedaris

This one was on my Fall reading list but I didn’t have a chance to get to it. Here goes it again, Mr. Sedaris…

Make sure you’re following my book Instagram page so you can keep up with all my boozy bookish escapades. #bookstagram #itshellalit. HA. Get it? It’s hella LIT? Like literature? LOL. Man, I really crack myself up.

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peace and blessings,

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Book Talk: January Reads + Two Books You Need to Read ASAP.

Losing track of time because of a good book is the wave for the rest of 2018 to forever. This has been my life since way back in the day when I could only kinda sorta read and barely create my own plot from the pictures, but a little reiteration never hurt nobody. If reading is a beloved hobby of yours like it is for me, you just might be interested in knowing what I'm reading each month. My goal is to read at least three to four books throughout the month, so let me just loop y'all in on what my literary world has consisted of for January. People ask me for book suggestions often, so I think this list is cool to start with if you're in need of a good book or two. I'll try my best to stay consistent with posting updates on my choices each month, so stay tuned!

 

A NEW EARTH BY ECKHART TOLLE

THE SURRENDER EXPERIMENT BY MICHAEL SINGER

STITCHES BY ANNE LAMOTT

JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION BY BRYAN STEVENSON

 

I started Just Mercy a few days ago and *flame emoji* whew. I'd been reading a lot of self-help type of books, so I think this was a great pick for me to shift gears for a second. 

In a previous post where I talked about what I was reading, I told y'all that fiction was my first love. It's still oh so very near and dear to me, but I've been exploring other genres, literally getting lost (a good, amazing, "where have you been all my life?!" type of lost) in the text. #LIT. Pun. Intended.

The first two books I mentioned are the books you need to read ASAP if you haven't already. If you're still working on Ego is The Enemy, that's perfectly fine-- just go ahead and secure these two in your amazon cart. I could go on and on about why you should read them, blah blah this that and the third, but I won't. I'll just say this: self-realization and true fulfillment. Take from those what you will and go read the books. (:

ALSO...

Let me fill y'all in on something pretty awesome. My friend Chasity and I decided to start a book club and The Surrender Experiment was the first book we covered! Together, we produced #TradingPages, a laid back, supportive community of wonderful souls always ready to dive into new reads. She's a law student, blogger and fellow book lover, so for us to come together and do this was perfect and LONG overdue. We both lead pretty busy lives (as I'm sure a lot of y'all do too), so this is definitely a no pressure type of situation. If you miss a book one month but still want to discuss it in the following months, don't hesitate to reach out to us so we can talk about it! We're both always open for literary discussion. Visit anaturalbeaut.com to get to know her better, AND make sure to follow her on twitter so you can stay in the loop with upcoming books, topics and events!

peace and blessings,

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Final Thoughts on Ego is the Enemy

If you follow me on Snapchat, you've seen me post highlighted passages, pages and all that jazz from this book. From praise hand emojis and me typing out, "BRUH THISSSSS" as a means to cosign, you've seen it and yes, it was that real. I also feel like if you follow me on Snapchat or just know me in real life, you knew a post about this book was coming.

I took Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday with me everywhere I went while I was reading it. It came with me to work, out to eat, to the bar--you name it, it was there. Though I seem to do that with any book, this one was to the point where if I pulled off from my house and realized I didn't have it, I would turn back around and go get it.

Okay, so in the shortest of short summary: this book convicted tf out of me AND touched on so many questions I didn't even know i needed answered.

This text furthermore reiterated that even though you feel like you "deserve" something-- be it recognition, more money or a particular status, you have to continuously put yourself in a position to absorb and learn. You have to stay humble in the midst of your climb to greatness because that's the only way you'll truly acquire more. Working hard and staying humble is the recipe.

Out of this entire amazing piece of work, there were two sections in particular that stood out to me: Get Out of Your Own Head and Work, Work, Work. This book is divided up into three parts and these two sections can be found in part one. Y'all, I can even begin to explain how difficult it was to narrow it down. I reread the entire part one entitled, "Aspire" just to make sure i didn't miss anything. Hell, i reread several sections throughout the book and i'm most likely going to reread the whole thing again. This just isn't one of those books that you read then stuff back on the bookshelf, so don't even try it.

Okay, what was it about Get Out of Your Own Head that was so moving to me, you ask? No one asked but I'm gonna tell you anyway. I tend to get so caught up in my own thoughts sometimes. Like most people, I'll have all these extravagant plans and ideas and it takes me forever to execute because I'm stuck in my mind. This section touched on the importance of limiting the chatter that can take over your mind at times. It reminded me to just stay present, stop thinking so sooo much and just do. You've got the keys and you're able, so just make it happen. 

Work, Work, Work was such a necessary section for me to come across when I did. Holiday really delved in on work, why it's important and why you'll never truly get anywhere without it. You can be as talented as you wanna be, but someone else who's not as talented is somewhere working their ass off. While you're comfortable with praise and being so "good", there's someone putting in those late night hours with the mission of being better.  I've always been a hard worker: on the job, with my crafts and side interests; I've always prided myself on going the distance to make magic happen. However, this section put me in check when it comes to work, because work, work, work is the only way you'll ever reach anything anyway. Consistent work. So yeah, I have all these things I say I want. I have a vision in my mind of how i picture my life. Good, that's great. I have to keep working to get there. You get no pat on the back for doing what's necessary to get where you say you wanna go. Just keep grinding and remain humble.

I want people to read this. I want y'all to have realizations about yourself, your goals, dreams, and how to reach them. I want this book to become essential to you as it is for me. It really is a good and engaging read, so please let me know if you decide to give it a go!

peace and blessings,

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