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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

This month has run the gamut in terms of temperature. We went from days where it was in the mid to high eighties to snow yesterday. I do love that as it cools down that I feel more at home snuggling under a blanket with a good book.

Effective People

The first book I enjoyed this month was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I started it a few months ago, but as with any book that is a book about changing habits or “doing” something I read it slowly and implemented it bit by bit. I have heard that this book is a modern retake on How to Win Friends and Influence People, but as I have not read that book I do not know if this is accurate. I found this book to be quite helpful because Covey puts into words concepts and ideas that influence our daily lives but are often not given language. I appreciated how he looks at “effectiveness” as also centered around how we as individuals are living lives in line with who we are and who we want to be. I also felt like this book gave practical suggestions to make sure you are living with intention. Parts of this book felt very similar to the e-course Like Your Life by Tsh Oxenrider. Book Rating: 4/5

Mitford 2

I also continued reading the Mitford series this month. I really enjoyed A Light in the Window. I feel like this series will be perfect for when the cooler weather really takes hold. I love the comforting story line and how the characters are quirky and themselves. In this book, Father Tim is struggling with how to have a relationship and take care of Dooley.   Book Rating: 4/5

*One caveat, I did find the third book to be politically incorrect, which is why although I read it this month I am not featuring it as a standalone.

Habit

As I stated in a prior post, I am participating in Rachel Hollis’ Last 90 Days challenge. One of the books she suggested to read had been on my want to read list for quite some time. I decided to pick up The Power of Habit. I enjoyed how this book broke down science in concrete ways. This book explores how habits are created, how they can be developed in companies, how they lead to social movements and what our habits can say about us.  I did find it to be biased at times, which upon reading the footnotes made me wonder if Duhigg simplified the examples in his book to provide clarity for his concept. I ultimately found many of the ideas so fascinating I wanted to share them with my husband. Book Rating: 4/5

What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions based on my recent reads? Share them in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Lately”

  1. I think you would like any non-fiction by Gretchen Rubin. Her books regarding habits and happiness are excellent and enjoyable to read.

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  2. Have you read anything by Gretchen Rubin? She has three books on being happy: (1) The Happiness Project. This one was particularly great for me. (2) Better Than Before and (3) The Four Tendencies. Check her out, if you haven’t all ready and tell me what you think.

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  3. Do you enjoy memoir? I recently read Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor and loved it even though I’m definitely not a marathoner like she is. I feel like it illustrates many of the principles from your habit books and how they play out in someone’s actual life and propelled them to greatness. Might be an interesting one for you!

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