Good Reads.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”  –Charles W. Eliot.

I love reading, but for 3 years during law school, I didn’t really have the time, energy, or willpower to read a single book for fun.  So once that nightmare was over, I got back into reading.  I generally prefer nonfiction books, and other than my four favorite fiction books listed below, the last time I recall reading fiction was the Harry Potter series (I love you, Harry).

Anyway, have you ever noticed that the perfect book – that slaps you in the face with the exact life lesson you’ve been teetering on – always happens to come at just the right time?  This has happened to me twice this past month.

“You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero has been on my “To-Read List” for at least three years now, and one day, I randomly got this strong urge to read it, so I bought it with one click on Amazon Prime (so dangerous).  It arrived at my door step on Friday afternoon, and by Sunday morning, I had read the whole book, taken notes, and reread all my favorite parts.

Every single page is more empowering and filled with “lightbulb ah-ha moments” than the last.  Sincero’s witty rhetoric filled me with such crazy high emotions of happiness, light, and ambition.  I have literally felt like the Energizer Bunny ever since.

Later, this happened again with David Deida’s “The Way of the Superior Man.”  This book was listed as a resource at the end of Sincero’s book.  I had taken note of all 17 books at the end of “You Are A Badass,” determined to read every single one of them asap.  But of course, life got in the way.

One day, I was raving about “You Are A Badass” to a friend at work (as I have been doing to anyone and everyone who will listen, since reading the book), and then asked if she had read any of the books Sincero recommended.  She actually had “The Way of the Superior Man” in her desk drawer!  I was skeptical of the book at first, and went into it with a certain attitude, because it seems as though the book was written by a man, for a man.

But, to my pleasant surprise, THE. BOOK. IS. INCREDIBLE.  Here’s a tiny excerpt:

Chapter 1
“Stop hoping for a completion of anything in life.”

“Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done.  They think, ‘If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.’  Or, ‘One day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.’  Or, ‘I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.’  The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way.  They won’t.  It never ends. As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.”

MY CURRENT FAVORITES

Non-Fiction:

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
  • You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero
  • The Way of the Superior Man – David Deida
  • Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Fiction:

  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Revenant – Michael Punke

ON MY LIST TO READ NEXT

  • Sacred Powers – davidji
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero
  • Unfu*k Yourself – Gary John Bishop
  • Destressifying – davidji
  • Light Is the New Black – Rebecca Campbell
  • Principles – Ray Dalio
  • 12 Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

Please send me all your book recommendations!!

XO NINA
@xoninackim

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