I didn't do much over the Christmas break, but I did however READ! I read these five books in the second half of December while I had a bit of a phone detox! I took all my social media apps off my phone and only jumped on at night while doing a little bit of work.
A phone detox opened up loads of extra space for reading and of course spending time with the family. Want to know what I read?
I read 2 non fiction books and 3 fiction (usually I read more non fiction, but enjoyed the switch off). My December reads were: Non Fiction; Dare to Lead, Brene Brown & Embrace Yourself, Taryn Brumfitt. Fiction; What Alice forgot & Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty and Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton.
Dare to Lead, Brene Brown
I have loved Brenes other books, so when I found out she had written a book all about leadership, of course I HAD to read it. It certainly didn't dissapoint. I took about 10 pages in notes and my leaders are also reading it as part of our mentor book study. So lets just say I thought it was pretty special. Reading it brought me back to my corporate days and I wanted to contact my previous employer and let them know they should all grab a copy!
I think that anyone that mentors others or is in any type of leadership situation should absolutely read this.
Embrace Yourself, Taryn Brumfitt
I watched the Embrace documentary a coupe of years ago at a special ‘womens night’. It was so moving I cried. I cried for the women in my life, the way I have spoken to myself about my body and for my daughters. This book is all about loving the skin your in. The ultimate self love book.
I think every women and teen should read this. It was a perfect book to read over Christmas when you start seeing all the ‘diet’ adds and posts appearing everywhere you look. If you want to learn how to love your body, as it is, then read this.
What Alice forgot & Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
I started Liane’s books a few months ago and now Im on a mission to read them all. I find her books easy to read and usually relatable. What Alice forgot, was my favourite of these two and probably high up there as my favourite Liane book. Its a bout a women that has children and looses her memory and basically feels like she is meeting her children for the first time! I read this book in one day. Seriously.
Nine Perfect Strangers is Liane’s newest book and has had mixed reviews. I read it really quickly and enjoyed it. It does get a bit weird in there, but who doesn't love a good twist right?
Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton
This is probably the best novel I’ve read in a really really long time. His words were so beautiful it was like I was really there, as part of the story. This book is about a boy living in Brisbane with a bit of a rough life, while trying to be a good person.
While I usually read books that I can relate to the characters, it was refreshing to read something completely different with a beautiful story. I recommend this one too ;)
Want to read along with me this month? January I’ll be reading the following:
This will only hurt a little, Busy Philipps
Challenge Accepted, Celeste Barber
Low Tox Life, Alexx Stuart
The Lost Man, Jane Harper