I noticed I talk about how much I’ve been reading this past year and have yet to share one book I’ve enjoyed. I decided I’d make a list of all my favorites. This is still a short list, but I’m proud of myself because if you asked high school me if I read I’d give you a weird look and be like… “I’m sorry… what?”. Now It’s a list I’m excited to keep adding to. When it comes to reading I usually gravitate towards anything that interests me. Sometimes it’s a self-help book, a book based on a true story, or totally fiction.
I buy all my books, or at least try to, because I know I’ll learn something from all of them. I like to actually write in the books, like underlining the things that stand out to me, for when I look back, so I thought I’d share some parts I have underlined that I really like as well.
The Stranger In The Woods
By: Michael Finkel
This is actually based on a true story, which made it so much more interesting because it’s honestly hard to believe. The story is about the last known hermit, Christopher Knight. “Even when you’re alone and look in a mirror, you’re acting, which is one reason Knight never kept a mirror in his camp. He let go of all artifice; he became no one and everyone.” (pg. 144)
Chicken Soup For The Soul
By: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hasen & Amy Newmark
I can’t deny that this book made me tear up. I love stories that have that power. It’s a series of true, short stories. Mostly all of them are super emotional and moving. A few of my favorite stories were, “True Love” (pg. 33) “For Me To Be More Creative, I Am Waiting For…” (pg. 287). “Everybody Can Do Something” (pg. 291)
The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World
By: Alison Lea Sher
This book was genuinely such a good read. You can tell how much effort the author put into writing this book. I love how she didn’t sugar coat anything. You can notice how real she is, which I personally loved.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck
By: Mark Manson
I loved this book because it was nice to hear someone completely flipping the switch on all these self help books trying to make you happy and positive, even though that’s not always realistic. I think it’s great that Mason put it out there for people to see that it is okay to just be human. “It’s simple, really: things go wrong, people upset us, accidents happen. These things make us feel like shit. And that’s fine. Negative emotions are a necessary component of emotional health.” (pg. 84). I just feel someone needs to hear that more sometimes then “Everything will be fine, you just stay positive! Never be negative!”
Into The Wild
By: Jon Krakauer
This book is also a documentary that you can watch on Netflix. I got recommended this book when I was still super lost on my path. I appreciated this book because even though I will never do what Chris McCandless did, it was nice to read that even though what he did was not the “normal” he was at his happiest and felt so alive through this new life he chose to live after college.
The Power Of Now
By: Eckhart Tolle
If im going to be completely honest, I did not read this book cover to cover, I skipped around a lot. I’m not really sure why. Living in the now is such a hard thing to do, so I guess while reading this book I was still focusing on other things and it was making me feel more stressed than a sense of comfort. Yet, I still found some quotes in this book that were nice to read, and made me realize a lot. “Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only has one: the step you are taking right now. As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realize that it already contains within itself all the other steps as well as the destination.” (pg. 89)
For now, this is my list! I had a couple other books but these were my favorites and ones I would recommend.
I need to add more, what books would you recommend someone?
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