You are what you read

I am a lover of books. I love getting lost in a good book. I love the smell of books and the texture of pages. I love the way the words have the power to teach you, transport you, transform you. But lately I just haven’t had the time to sit down with a good book. Luckily, that hasn’t stopped me from consuming some great books in audio form. I am so thankful for Audible because that is the only way I get any “reading” done lately.

In the past 3 months alone, I have listened to about 10 books. A couple of those have been so amazing that I can’t help but share them with you in hopes that you will find them as transformational as I have.

1. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero- This book is a motivational bible. It includes everything from changing your attitude about money to increasing your cosmic vibration through gratitude and all with the kind of spunky delivery that you would expect from a book with “Badass” in the title. Seriously, this book can bring out the “badass” in anyone. I have listened to this book twice already and find new inspiration each time I return to it. I really enjoyed Jen’s unstuffy delivery and she narrates her own writing which I felt made it sound more sincere.

2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert- If you are a creative person or wish you could be a creative person I implore you to buy this book. Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her memoir “Eat Pray Love,” but I found this book equally as easy to read and perhaps more transformative. Gilbert shares how to find the courage to create, how to trust your own creative process and stories on how others find inspiration. I really liked how she described creating as having “trickster energy” because it made me for more playful in the creative process. There are lots of awesome nuggets in this book to help inspire you and get you over the hump of fear that can kill off creativity.

3. The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris- I swear Russ Harris must be a yoga teacher. He uses the techniques of meditation to teach you how to build confidence. I learned so many amazing things in this book that flip conventional wisdom on its head: people with higher self esteem are not better leaders and saying affirmations can actually make you feel worse.

4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg- If your wondering why you fall into bad habits or if you are interested in customers’ habits this is an awesome book. I picked it up at the suggestion of a friend and fellow Pilates instructor because I thought it would help me with the book I am trying to write about healthy living. It really gave interesting insight into where our habits come from, how marketers manipulate them and how we can change them.

What books have you been reading lately? Do you listen to audio books or read paper books?

XOXO

Valerie