Below are six books I recommend from books I read this month.
1. The More of Less
Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
by Joshua Becker
We own too much stuff. It doesn’t make us happier. It can actually rob us of our true purpose. This book both makes the argument for less and explains how to make it happen. Of the two decluttering books I read this month (see Unstuffed below), this is my favorite one. (Book review soon.)
2. The Happiness Effect
How Social Media Is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost
by Donna Freitas
The author surveyed college students on thirteen college campuses about their use of social media. Some of the results were expected (their phones are with them 24/7); some were unexpected. An interesting read, albeit sad in places. We’re obviously all struggling with how to appropriately use social media. (Not yet released. Book review soon.)
Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
by Ruth Soukup
A good overview on why and how to get rid of excess clutter in your house, head, and heart. It’s basic information but still motivating. (I did clean out a closet because of it—win!)
4. The Words of Gandhi
by Richard Attenborough
This book is an excellent collection of short quotes from Gandhi’s writings and speeches on a variety of subjects. I’ve had a passion for Gandhi’s teachings for years, and this was a worthy re-read.
5. The Day the Angels Fell
by Shawn Smucker
Author and blogger Shawn Smucker writes about 12-year-old Samuel Chambers’s unusual experience with his mother, the Tree of Life, and the passage of time. Death can be a gift. I enjoyed this novel and will read more by Shawn Smucker.
6. The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Crazy but fascinating story. It’s about Dorian Gray, a young man who lives life for self-pleasure, and his unusual portrait. I overlooked reading this classic in my school years, but I’m glad I read it now.
I also finished 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (Peter Bregman) and Bossypants (Tina Fey).
by Diana Gabaldon
- I Am Malala
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai
by Vince Vawter
- Entering the Castle
An Inner Path to God and Your Soul
by Caroline Myss
- Success through Stillness
Meditation Made Simple
by Russell Simmons
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