I Read The Week Away … Most Of It Anyway :)

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Hello there beautiful people! πŸ˜€

Belated Happy Easter! I hope you had a meaningful observation of the holiday.

Here in Indonesia I didn’t notice Easter that much (were it not for a message from a friend) and it’s a first for me. Muslim and Christian holidays sorta just follow one after the other here and since Christians/Catholics are the minority, Christian holidays seem toΒ  become more ordinary than festive. I don’t celebrate every holiday but it does seem a bit weird that the world around you is almost oblivious to it. I’ve become so used to having neighbors celebrate on behalf of an entire block where I came from and I sorta miss them!

Oh well, let’s talk books now, shall we? πŸ™‚

So last week I decided to reignite my love for reading because ever since I stopped working the 9 to 5, my voraciousness for books has nosedived. My Kindle has become more of a gaming tool than anything else πŸ™„ I was therefore quite pleased that last week I really felt like reading. And so I did! I finished not one, but 2 splendid li’l books:

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by blogger turned writer Glennon Doyle Melton.

From Amazon.com:

Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award

The inspiring and hilarious instant New York Times bestseller from the beloved writer, speaker, activist, and founder of Momastery.com whose writing is “like a warm embrace” (FamilyCircle.com).

Β Glennon Doyle Melton’s hilarious and poignant reflections on our universal (yet often secret) experiences have inspired a social movement by reminding women that they’re not alone. In Carry On, Warrior, she shares her personal story in moving, refreshing, and laugh-out-loud-funny new essays and some of the best-loved material from Momastery.com. Her writing invites us to believe in ourselves, to be brave and kind, to let go of the idea of perfection, and to stop making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman’s trying to love herself and others, readers will find a wise and witty friend who shows that we can build better lives in our hearts, homes, and communities.

What can I say? I really, really like this book πŸ™‚ It’s so down to earth and hilariously so that I felt as though Glennon was a personal friend who’s got this crazy-silly side that speaks so much to me XD It’s definitely a feel-good book that I can see myself reviewing every now and then to remind me that life is “brutiful” – brutal and beautiful.

Β “The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life”by Richard Templar

This is a motivational book of 105 bite-sized ‘rules’ that are practical and simple.Β  I really also enjoy books like these where a chapter is but two pages long and the take-away is immediately applicable. It’s not very deep or profound, which I like because I wasn’t in the mood for anything serious and analytical. It’s a book you can keep on your nightstand and open randomly to any ‘rule’ and then make that your intention for the day.

The book is divided into 4 sections – there are the rules for you, partnership rules, family and friends rules and social rules. I read everything in one go but I think it’s also a good idea to focus on one section (one area) of life per week and finish the book in 4 weeks (a month). Come to think of it,Β  I’ll definitely do it this way the next time around as the book’s definitely worth reading again and again just forΒ  some quick reminders or to give yourself a mood boost πŸ™‚

So that was me last week, lost in the pages of these 2 books. My rediscovered yen for reading seems not to be slowing down yet so I have already downloaded several other book samples to my Kindle.Β  Oh dear, less time for crocheting I’m afraid XD

And, did you notice that it’s the last week of the month already? Have a strong, positive ending to March,sunbeams! ❀ πŸ™‚

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10 Responses to I Read The Week Away … Most Of It Anyway :)

  1. Great recommendations thank you!

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  2. Nyknits says:

    Carry on warrior sounds like a fun read. I’ll give it a go. Thanks.

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  3. dmzdad says:

    If I get some freetime, I will be sure to check those out. I’m sure I can order them here in Korea! πŸ™‚

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  4. Jenny says:

    I do enjoy the way you address your readers – it’s warming and affirming. Must check the books out.

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  5. Great reading time! I would love to take a week and read, but as much as I love to read, my other hobbies are always calling to me louder, LOL. I usually read at lunch time (when I take a lunch) or in the car waiting for Mom at her appointments. So it takes me forever to read a book. Hubby has convinced me to read one of his books. It is a trilogy rolled into one book, with very small print. So I get maybe 3-4 pages in during lunch. At this rate it will take me the better part of a year to finish. A may have to follow your lead and just take the time off to read.

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    • Paardje says:

      I know what you mean! Crochet and listening to music are my sirens XD I just find it hard to sit down and focus on a book lately, more so as I have come to associate my Kindle with games! LOL!

      Thanks so much for reading, Ginny πŸ™‚ ❀

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