“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. ” C. S. Lewis
What’s better than a short list of books to read?
After the crazy commotion that was December isn’t it just right that we spend time in the cosiest of spots with our nose deep in a book.
Doesn’t that sound perfect?
If there was one genre that I had to choose to explore throughout the New Year it would be the realm of Mindfulness and Self Development. What better way to beat the January Blues than by inspiring ourselves to lead a happier, fulfilling 2018?
I’ve been an advocate of books that impel me to improve my life for a while now and here’s a selection of those I want to share with you – some I have ticked off my reading list and others I’m looking forward to diving into over the weekend.
Self-Care for the Real World by Nadia Narain & Katia Narain Phillips
A new publication that I’m prepping to read is written by London sisters Nadia and Katia Narain and is set to teach us how looking out for number one holds the key. They believe that if we don’t look after us with love and care then we are unable to look after anybody else. The sisters teach self-care is not selfish but instead an essential gift in order to be able to give back.
“When we feel good about ourselves we do better, kinder things for ourselves and for others, and we naturally let the good things in our lives grow. When we feel bad, we become more selfish and self-absorbed and we don’t have the energy to give to other people or to the things or causes we care about.”
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
An oldie but a goodie for anyone wanting to add to their self-development collection. The Secret has become a worldwide bestseller and almost a holy grail book to many. The book focuses on the law of attraction and teaches that thought is the most powerful force in life.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
The term ‘Hygge’ become a popular buzzword last year and is defined as ‘a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being’. This book gives you practical steps and tips to become more hygge, to focus on the small things that truly matter. And by ‘truly matter’ this means catching up with friends by candlelight. Couldn’t think of anything better.
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Have you ever read a book that has really changed the way you live your life? I have and it’s this one. For anyone wanting to make the most of their mornings instead of hitting the snooze button this one is for you. The Miracle Morning is based on the assertion that how you start your morning largely determines the quality of your day and gives you all the tools you need for the ultimate morning ritual, all before the clocks strike 8 am.
The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
The Wisdom of Sundays written by Oprah Winfrey looks like it will be the perfect coffee table book to dip in and out of for a little motivation and encouragement. The book is made up of ten sections, all of which offer in-depth, meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders as they discuss topics from mindfulness, intention, love and connection.
That’s me for today.
Cue the unlimited cups of camomile tea and a large cashmere blanket to cocoon me.
The Reading Corner
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