Today’s Five on Friday is a list of books I turn to for wisdom or comfort.
Books, books, I love books. As April is closing out and May is just a few sleeps away, many people are looking to add to their Summer reading list. Do you read more in the summer or winter? Or are you like me and just read all the time? Hands up!
This week my list is five of my favorite self help books. These five books are my top favorites that I pick up again and again for wisdom or comfort. Let me know if you’ve read them and what you think. I know lately I’ve been raving about Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and it is a great book. Since I have talked so much about it I wanted to introduce you to something different.
If you don’t know about Ms. Rachel Hollis you can read a bit about her here, in a blog post I wrote recently.
1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz You can pick it up here.
On the cover the book is described as a practical guide to personal freedom. The Truth, I tell you! This is the book we will read for our Facebook Bookclub.The simplicity and depth that I found in this book still amazes me. If you haven’t read it, you really should.
2. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach You can pick it up here.
My mom gifted this to me in October of 1999 and this book has truly been a comfort and joy.
There is a theme to each month and each day’s passage is usually just a page long. There are quotes and references to other books in many of the passages.
3. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin You can get it here.This is one of my newer additions, as I just read it a few years ago, but I love the premise behind it. Gretchen took a year to look at her life to see if she was really happy. The beautiful thing is that in her quest she challenged herself and found happiness in interesting places. Gretchen is also the host of the podcast, Happier. You should give it a listen too.
4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. You can get it here.Just the title makes me happy. There are gifts in imperfection. When we look at a piece of furniture or a house with imperfections we say it adds character, but when we look at ourselves we d5. on’t see it that way.
Courage, Compassion and Connection. Seriously, you guys, you will love it.
5. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown Ph.D., L.M.S.W. You can get it here.Yes, Girl! Brené deserves to be here two times. Seriously!
This is what it says on the back of the book: “The four practices of true belonging require us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be with people without sacrificing who we are and what we value.”
I know! All the feels. Read it!
So there’s my five for this Friday. Have a great weekend. I hope the sun is shining on you and Spring is beginning to bloom in your world.
Side Note: A few months ago I started a Bookclub on Facebook. It was going ok and then one day I messed up. Right in the middle of talking I forgot what I was saying and bumbled around until I just stopped talking and I haven’t hosted another night of bookclub since.
Well, I got over myself and I’m back. Beginning Monday April 30th I will resume Bookclub with Sam on Facebook Live at I Am Sam Jerry. I would love it if you would join me. We will begin with The Four Agreements on Monday.
Be you. Be beautiful. Be imperfect.