I was excited (and surprised!) that so many of you were into my last book-related post, so I’ve got some new recent reads and recommendations for you. I wholeheartedly recommend each of these books. Let me tell you why!
1. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I’d heard oodles about this book from friends and fellow bloggers. Now that I’ve delved into it myself, I understand why. Daring Greatly speaks volumes about vulnerability and shame and how these two things ultimately control our lives, from the way we parent to the way we love. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a book about vulnerability, or if it would be applicable to my life. Now I can say that I think it would be applicable to literally anyone who reads it. Brene Brown does an excellent job of sharing her research in ways that are easy to understand, fun to read, and deeply profound. There were many instances when I felt like she expressed things I knew, but never quite knew how to understand or verbalize. I think this book would be great for women or men — it’s definitely one of my new favorites!
2. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I didn’t know anything about this book before reading it and picked it up at the recommendation of a friend. Ultimately, this novel is about a struggling author who finds the diary of a Japanese high school girl. The novel deals with many themes — suicide, bullying, honesty, courage, and family. It also works through our conceptions of time. Though, the reason I really loved this novel was because strewn throughout it were so many pieces of Japanese culture and language. It felt natural and wholly reminded me of my time living in Japan. If you’ve ever lived there or studied the language, you’ll love this book, though I think most people will find value in the story.
3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
This was a quick read — it only took me a few short hours to finish it. The main message I gathered from #GIRLBOSS is that you need to work hard and do your own thing. Amoruso had some interesting stories to share about how she went from an unmotivated shoplifter to the CEO of Nasty Gal, a multi-million dollar clothing company. The story is unique and reads like a fictional tale and Sophia has some motivating words for entrepreneurs. I was definitely pumped to improve my business after reading this!
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Any books you recommend? I usually pick at least one book to read from all of your recommendations, so I’d love to hear of anything you were enchanted by! 🙂