Hope you’re all doing well this rainy Thursday! I think I’m one of the few people on this earth, that actually loves the rain, so today is a perfect day to just hang out, work and watch some Baseball and read! There’s something about the rain that makes me just want to stay indoors all day and read books all day long. I wouldn’t say I’m an avid reader who reads a new book daily, but I do try to read at least one new book a week. Below, I’ll share the current books I’m reading or have recently read!
12 Rules for Life
12 Rules for life is one my favourite books/favourite book in my “mini library.” I picked this book up earlier this year when it was first released. I had heard a lot about Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and about his work and was really interested in reading this novel. I honestly thought it would be one of those typical self help books, but this book did surprise me! As someone who studied Psychology in school and is interested in further pursing a MD-PhD, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a very thought provoking book, but is also touching (especially the last chapter) and offers great advice.
One of my favourite quotes from 12 Rules of Life is:
“Happiness is a pointless goal. Don’t compare yourself with other people, compare yourself with who you were yesterday. No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life. You conjure your own world, not only metaphorically but also literally and neurologically. These lessons are what the great stories and myths have been telling us since civilisation began.”
For those that don’t know, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto. He talks a lot about social and personality psychology and also talks a lot about religious and ideological beliefs. As someone who grew up in a strict Roman Catholic family, it’s interesting to hear about his thoughts and how others think.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is another favourite and current book of mine. It is another self help book that basically states that being positive is not really practical or something that helps people become a better individual. The author of the book, Mark Manson, provides examples of his own personal experiences to illustrate how our daily struggle is actually more helpful and more realistic to becoming a better person than just being happy.
One of my favourite quotes from The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is:
“You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of f*cks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a f*ck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice—well, then you’re going to get f*cked.”
I really love how honest this book is. It’s very blunt and to the point – real and entertaining. Like myself, while I do enjoy the inspirational and motivational quotes and making them on Photoshop and Illustrator, quotes about positivity won’t help you become a better person. Sure, they can help inspire and motivate you, but the challenges we face on a daily basis teach us and help us grow as a person.
All Quiet On The Western Front is actually a book I’ve had since Grade 11 English Class and recently started reading again. We had to pick a novel from a pre-selected list, read the novel, make a presentation and give a detailed analysis of the novel. I’m not gonna lie, this was actually my second choice, my first choice being Night by Elie Wiesel, but another girl from my class beat me to the sign up sheet. All is well, as I really did enjoy this novel. I have always loved learning about history, especially World War I and II. This novel is narrated by Paul Bäumer who fought in the German army during WWI. The book does not focus of bravery and heroic acts, but rather how the soldiers living conditions were and their physical and mental state and life after the war. If you’re interested in history or have read books like Unbroken or The Boys in the Boat, you would probably like this book as well.
A Beautiful Composition Of Broken
I purchased A Beautiful Composition Of Broken when Indigo at Eaton Centre had a really good in-store sale last summer. I have been reading this on and off since I purchased it, and it has a lot of well written poetry. If you read Milk and Honey or The Sun and her Flowers, you will love this book as well. I don’t know what it is about these books, but once I see one and skim through it in store and I like something, I just have to buy it. If you need a quick read or some poetry in your life, I would get this and have cute little bookmarks for your favourite passage.
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Until next time,