Neon Soul A Collection of Poetry & Prose by Alex Elle
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi
The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner by Michael Stone
Happy June Book Lovers! Here's what I got into in May:
Neon Soul- it seemed like all the cool kids were getting into this one and I have to say it completely lived up to the hype. I wonder what it is about me that really likes these short and simple poems. To quote Carrie Bradshaw, "Mother Fuckers concise." It's like these neo-soul poets pack a punch. I'm a fan, I'll continue to be a fan. Support poets, they hold the keys to the soul! I love them!
The Gifts of Imperfection- Finally. Finally I read this masterpiece. We read this in Novel Grapes. (BTW... I'll be leading the book discussion for June, so you should join the club too! Simply click on the words Novel Grapes and ask to join. We'll be reading Gabrielle Bernstein's The Universe Has Your Back, which I love as you all know. Now back to Brene. Why is this woman so wise? How can a Texas mom speak so clearly to my heart? I guess I have a thing for woman from Texas who are mom's who are my favorite teachers (here's looking at you Jacki Carr). Well... anyway, this book as all of Brene's books are is just filled to the brim with important stuff. Stuff that is good for our soul, and for our peace of mind. We're talking saying no to things/people that don't feel good, releasing notions of scarcity (hello money), faith vs science, and spirituality as a key to resiliency. GOOOOOOOD stuff!
Padma. Oh Padma. I read this one with some friends from work. It was so cool to see an endometriosis story in a book and to see what my friends thought about endo after reading more about it. I liked this book- I thought Padma's descriptions of India, of childhood and of food were astonishingly beautiful. I didn't really think of her as a gold digger like my friends did, when she fell in love with old men I just thought, the heart knows no bounds, if anyone knows that lesson it's me. Plus--- who wouldn't be attracted to a touted literary genius such as Salman Rushdie? Have to admit, I've never read him... and after reading Padma's book I don't know if I will. I should. But, he seemed kind of like a dick. And I have a low tolerance for men who act like dicks in the face of endo. Sooooo... yeah.
Lastly, I finally finished the book we were assigned for Yoga Teacher Training. It was good. Very philosophical. But seeing as how it was my first time being exposed to many words and philosophies and definitions that are so important to yoga I feel like I will always feel an affinity for this book. And I feel like it's one that I can continue to revisit and keep learning from.
What have you been reading lately? What are you loving?