I've never been much of a reader (unlike my sisters) but I have been attempting to read more often! There really can be something semi-relaxing about reading, especially before bed, and it's a great way to grow your mind!
I underwent a "teach yourself speed reading" course in my late teens or early twenties, and doubled my reading speed - to that of average pace. No wonder I didn't read very much. It was very tedious! But, that doesn't mean I can't read, so I'm doing my best to not let that stop me! My reading efforts have been sporadic, at best, but there are a few books that I have truly been enjoying these days, and I think you'll enjoy them too!
1. Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin
This book is about habit forming. The entire idea is to let go of perfectionism, and instead focus on being better than before. Gretchen Rubin is one of my favorite people these days, and I have been soaking up her podcast (Happier with Gretchen Rubin) and her books! She offers very practical, nonsensical advice about how to live a happier life, and she is extremely thoughtful about what actually works, and takes personality and individuality into concern. She understands that not everybody works the same way, and lists practical tips that may work much better for you, not just a generic "one-size-fits-all" approach.
I've just begun this book, and am thoroughly enjoying it. In the opening pages, she makes an excellent point - it takes decision and self control to start a habit, but once it's formed, we don't need either of those anymore. We are free from being continually exhausted trying to exert willpower into everything we do.
2. The Four Tendencies, by Gretchen Rubin
Yep! Another Gretchen Rubin book. I just finished this one, and it was easy and fascinating to read! I really enjoy learning about personalities, and that's what this book is about! Gretchen outlines a very simple (but powerful) pattern in how people respond to expectations. That's truly all it is. It's nor complicated or extremely in depth. (I love the enneagram, but, let's be honest, it's a deep deep work and rather complicated!)
Some people seem to have no problem with outer expectations, but struggle to meet inner expectations. Some people resist outer expectations unless they make sense and align with their inner expectations. Some people don't seem to resist any expectations. And some people seem to resist all expectations.
It's meant to be a practical guide to help you understand what works well for you, so you can live a happier life, without fighting against your own nature, and to help you understand how to motivate or communicate with others. It's absolutely fascinating, and I can tell it's going to be an extremely valuable tool in my relationships and personal life! Plus, easy to read and comprehend. (Notice a pattern, here?)
Gretchen Rubin also has a quiz if you want to figure out your own tendency (although many people don't even need a quiz, and can tell just by a brief description!). It takes about 5 minutes, and you can take it here. (Non affiliate link!)
3. How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, by Dana K White
If you're a totally-not-natural home manager, and have never enjoyed cleaning or organizing or decluttering or anything of the kind, you'll love Dana K White. I naturally love those things, and I still love her!
I didn't actually read this one super recently, but it's been on my mind! I remember my mom saying that she appreciated Dana's background story - she wasn't naturally organized or clean! She just found some brilliant ways to simplify these tasks and make them work for her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels like they can relate! It is one of my all-time favorite books on this topic so far!
I have several books on my "read next" list! But no fiction... hmmm...
Don't get me wrong, I can enjoy fiction too! I loved reading the Harry Potter series. But I suppose it's just not my favorite (I like movies!). I was a funny little kid, and I liked to go to the adult section of the library to find informative books. For entertainment and story, I prefer tv! I guess that's OK with me.
Have you read any of these three books? I would really love to hear your thoughts about them! You can leave a comment - that would be fantastic! And feel free to share this post if you have friends that would be interested!