Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein (audible)
Explorations of a Cosmic Soul by Allie Michelle
Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman (audible)
Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Chloe Wade
Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain by Abby Norman (audible)
Still Me by JoJo Moyes
Wow! What a month! Life has suddenly taken off down the runway and took flight. I feel like a mover and a shaker. Things are happening! But all of that is meant for another blog. Today, we talk books. And honestly, I'm shocked that I got through so many in March. But, here we go...
Judgment Detox, you all know by now that I love me some Gabby. Her teachings just speak to me. Plus I totally want her life. She lives in a BEAUTIFUL home in a woodsy area where it always seems to be snowing and it just looks sooooo cozy. She's always cooking something in the kitchen. And she's a Kundalini yoga teacher, which I think on some weird level I'd like to explore someday. But enough about her lifestyle, let's talk about her book. Gabby believes that anytime we step away from a loving mindset we are in fear and most likely judgment. She had a couple of really great meditations in the book and I did one for a person who I feel judged by and for whom I have judged... and I kid you not... I went into it with my full heart and ever since that day... the fear based thinking has lifted in regards to this person. And everything just is what it is. And I'm ok with that. That's the miracle... I'm ok with that. There is no more analyzing, stressing, spiraling. It's just done. Cord cut. Feels good. For that alone, I have to say I recommend this book.
Allie Michelle. Never heard of her before. Someone posted her book on instagram and I thought... a yogi, cosmic poetry book... why not? Here's why not: it's very cutesy. I'm done with cutesy poetry. I want poetry that moves me... not poems that perfectly rhyme in cute little couplets. I guess I can say, this girl is young, and she's tumbling with topics that can take some people a lifetime to grapple with, so I give her kudos for that. But, overall I'd say, "pass".
Nick Offerman's book is one I listened to when I was in a mundane task at work... not as funny (to me) or as relatable (to me) as his female counterparts, but it was still an entertaining listen. It's fun to see where Ron Swanson ends and Nick Offerman begins or vice versa. I'm a fan of both men and so therefore I'd say this book is good... but there are a lot of books that need to be read before we die. If I kept that in mind when pushing download on this one, it would probably move further down my "to be read before I die" list.
Chloe Wade. This book is beautiful! It's getting some bad reviews (last time I checked) from people who feel a little bit about it the way I felt about Allie Michelle's collection. But I think this book is different. For one thing, it's a beauty to look at. For another, it's filled with the same lessons but almost in these little reminders. Like you could ask the book a question and flip to a page and get your answer. I don't know, I'm a fan of this woman and so maybe I'm blinded, but I think the work she's doing as far as activism and as far as keeping us all on our toes as far as our shiny souls go.... I have to bow to her. Pick it up, it's a beauty for your nightstand.
Ask Me About My Uterus, coming off of the heels of my endometriosis course, this book dropped just in time to keep the momentum going. Abby Norman is brilliant... and she's asking all the right questions. Why are women and are pain thresholds treated so differently by doctors? Why aren't doctors listening when we tell them something is wrong? Almost everyone I've ever encountered who is having some sort of reproduction issues, knows on the rawest level that something is not right in their body, and if anyone would take the time to listen maybe endometriosis would be diagnosed much earlier. And ovarian cancer! And any other disease that plagues women. I think this is an important read, and it's cool to read about a fellow endo warrior!
Jojo. One of my besties despises books like this. And I have to say, I kind of do too... I hate that I love reading Jojo Moyes and Emily Giffin. Especially when there are women writers doing such AMAZING things right now. But somehow I always excitedly turn towards these chick lit authors (but only these two... oh yeah, and Candace Bushnell). I refuse to go down the Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella trap hole, though friends that read them find them to be just as entertaining as I do Moyes and Giffin. Anyway, this was the third installment in our protagonist Lou's journey. This time, she's in New York. This book was ok, it took me a lot longer to read it than I thought it should've. Maybe I was bored a little. I don't know, if you like Lou and you are interested in seeing where her story goes then you should read it. If you like to get lost in a book on a plane, this one could be a quickie. Or if you need a beach read.
Anyway, what have you guys been reading?