Books I’ve Read: Vol. 3

My book reading/listening has slowed a bit since I left my job with the CRAZY commute, but I’m still trying to stay on board!. Here are the books I read in May (and take a look what I read last month!)

  1. “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein
    I really liked listening to this book. I don’t think it’s my favorite book I’ve ever read, but I loved learning how Gabbie chooses love over anything else. It actually reminded me a lot of “Mastering Your Mean Girl” which I read in April.

    I will be honest, though. I actually don’t remember most of this book. Granted, I read it just over a month ago now, but when I sat down to write this, I had to really think back on it. Definitely not a book that I can recite (Like “You Are A Badass”) but was still good!

  2. “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley
    This was very different than the other books I’ve read so far, so it was a breath of fresh air. It was a bunch of essays that Sloane wrote from her life – some were funny, some were kind of weird. It was a fun break. Again, not my favorite book, but a nice transition away from self-help … even though I’m hopping right back into that arena haha!

I actually started “You Are A Badass At Making Money” and I’m loving it so far. I’m not finished yet, though, so it’ll be a part of next month’s wrap-up.

What have you been reading? Have you read either of these books?

Books I’ve Read: Vol. 2

Time for a monthly book review! I love that I’ve gotten to read a ton more books (or listen to, rather) since finding Audible earlier this year! Read last month’s book review here!

Books I've Read

  1. “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini
    Okay, I’ll be honest about this one. I thought it was going to be an entirely different topic. I thought it would be about how not to be a “nice” girl and stand up for yourself. Whoops. STILL, I loved this book. Now, it’s super flowery. Think “Repeat mantras to yourself every day” and “You can do it sista!” – some people don’t love that. I, for one, did. I think I needed this book after having a particularly negative start to my year job-wise. But if that stuff doesn’t bother you, I highly recommend. It was all about “mastering your mean girl” or that mean, inner voice of self-doubt that stops you from doing the things you want to do. Also, Melissa reads it and she’s got an Australian accent so … BONUS.
  2. “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
    I’m not fully finished with this one, but almost so I figured I’d still write about it. I’m not loving this book. Some people love it and I do like all of the research and stories (there’s even a football story in there, so I like that) but it’s much drier than a lot of the books I’ve been reading. I’m just not excited to jump at it and listen, so yeah. I’d still recommend it though if you’re interested in hearing how crazy our habits are and how they’re constantly affecting our lives.

And finally, I actually re-listened to “You are a Badass” – that’s the THIRD time now that I’ve read/listened to it. It’s just an all-encompassing self-help, get your life together book. My boyfriend is reading it and he loves it, too.

What have you been reading lately?

Linking up with Amanda!

Books I’ve “Read”

I have been a book-reading (aka listening) MACHINE this month! I finally downloaded Audible and it’s seriously changed my commute – both walking AND driving. Driving especially.

I used to love reading growing up, but I’ve lost track of it. Honestly, once I was “forced” to read in college, it wasn’t fun anymore. Plus, by the time I get home from work the last thing I want to do is open a book (unless my boyfriend is reading “A Wrinkle In Time” to me … which he does … and it’s the cutest thing I ever did see).

So insert Audible! I’ve gone through three books this month and it’s only the 24th! I finished my third book last night on my walk home from work and just downloaded “Mastering Your Mean Girl” – I’ll tell you about that next month. πŸ™‚

Books I've read this month (March)

  1. “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
    My favorite book out of the bunch! I actually read this book on my way to Hawaii last year and own the hard copy, but wanted to listen to it again. Since my first Audible book was free, I used it on that one! This book just screams motivation. I love Jen’s reading (and writing) style and it just made me feel pumped the entire time I listened to it. Highly, highly, highly recommend. Honestly, I’ll probably continue to listen to this one every now and again.
  2. “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
    I loved this book. Up front, it’s pretty “flowery” with language talking about the universe and manifesting your future, but if that doesn’t bother you (or you can ignore it) it’s still a great book to get through. I really thought this book would be more focused on people with extremely creative aspirations (like writers, poets, artists, etc.) but I still found it inspiring and wonderful to listen to. If anything, it helps you think about ideas in a different way and how to be open to them.
  3. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson
    I really enjoy this book! While he has less of a flowery, positivity message, I do enjoy the flat out reality checks he gives. Plus, the swearing makes me happy. I’m an avid swearer (<— Β is that a word?) in real life and I just love it when people don’t give a f*ck. πŸ˜‰ I listened to this book because I tend to care WAY too much about what other people think/feel and this book definitely gives insight on that.

Like I said earlier, my next book is “Mastering Your Mean Girl” and I have a few other self-help type books in my wish list on Audible. At this rate, I need to sign up for an account that gets more than one credit a month – I’m burning through it. Audible sponsorship, please? πŸ˜‰

Do you have any recommendations of books to listen to for me?
Have you used Audible before or do you prefer hard copies?
Have you read any of the books above? What did you think?