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Oh the Joy a Book Can Bring

September 19th, 2019

I love reading and always have. I think I got it from my mom because every spare minute she got (and still gets) she’d grab a book, a cup of coffee or tea and would dive into a story.

We have like a zillion books in my parent’s flat and I’m not even exaggerating! Novels and best-sellers written by various famous (and not so much famous) authors. They have books about animals (especially dogs and horses), plants, art, folklore music, science books… you name it and if we can’t fit them in the flat we take them to our cottage to expand the library there. You definitely can’t throw away a book… IT’S A BIG NO NO IN OUR FAMILY!

Because of space issues, I had to get rid of some of my books. I knew I wasn’t going to get around to reading them but couldn’t throw them away so I took the books to a charity shop knowing that one day they’d find a lovely family.

I’ll admit I’ve actually taken a liking to a Kindle but my heart still lies with a proper, solid, paper book. It’s just easier to take a Kindle on holiday than to fill half your suitcase with books. What if you finish them too? Then what? Nothing to read 😮? I don’t have that problem since travelling with Kindle.

And then there’s audiobooks. When I first heard about audiobooks I’ll admit that I had originally thought that they were for lazy people. “Can’t people make the effort to read?” I thought. Well, how wrong I was! John introduced me to audiobooks on our holiday in India two years ago. My first audiobook was, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and I got hooked! It’s still one of my favourites. This humorous book opened a completely new world for me… the world of self-help books. It explains how we all screw up from time to time and suggests…

📖 If we want a change we have to decide
📖 Respect yourself instead of caring about being liked and fitting in
📖 How our friends and people around us influence us and suggests getting rid of naysayers
📖 Sometimes it’s better to be happy than right (this is the tough one)

Since this first purchase made I’m officially hooked on audiobooks! I listen to them when I drive, clean, walk dogs and every other spare minute that I can find to feed my brain. How cool is that?!

My latest audio purchase was Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. I love this book. It’s eye-opening and makes you stop, think and re-evaluate because so many of us aren’t living up to our full potential. We so often feel a tugging on our hearts for something more, but we’re afraid of embarrassment, being far from perfection or not being enough. THIS BOOK IS A WINNER! One of my favourite quotes from it is…

 
“I believe we can change the world. But first, we’ve got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are.”
 
 At the moment I’m reading, The Biology of Believe by Dr Bruce H Lipton on my kindle. It’s a fascinating book about his ground-breaking work in the field of new biology and when you read it, it will forever change how you think about thinking.
 
Through Dr. Lipton’s research, as well as other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between our mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA don’t control our biology and that instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts. He uses simple language, humour and illustration which makes it easy to understand.
 
The last novel I read was a captivating story by Tara Westover called Educated. Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. It’s a fascinating story about the struggle for self-invention.

    I’m already looking forward to our holiday in January where I can read for hours and hours 😍!
 
What book would you recommend and why?

Jitka xx
 
 
My latest book by Marie Forleo – Everything is Figureoutable.
I am looking forward to have this book signed next month. Yay!



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