"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~Dr. Seuss
As I've said before, I realize we all have different preferences for what we like to read, but I find most people are often looking for ways to improve their lives, functioning and overall knowledge. The books I'm recommending this month vary very widely in topic; however, they've all been enlightening to me in different ways.
- A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold: This book hits hard on various emotions and I would imagine people have very strong reactions to this book for a number of reasons. This book was written by the mother of one of the Columbine High School shooters, Dylan Klebold. Sue Klebold writes a raw and honest book about the grief and guilt she feels on a daily basis that she failed her son. She digs deep into the questions she asks herself as well as the criticism she's endured by others. In a world in which school shootings have become all too common, this book is very eye opening. As stated in the introduction by Andrew Solomon "The ultimate message of this book is terrifying: you may not know your own children, and worse yet, your children may be unknowable to you. The stranger you fear may be your own son or daughter." I have found myself referencing this book over and over again for various reasons working with different clients, it's just one of those books that is relatable even if your child is not a mass murderer.
- Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving your Goals by Rachel Hollis: Although this book feels somewhat similar to her last book, Girl, Wash your Face, the overall premise of this book is to help empower women to live to their full potential. Rachel Hollis breaks down the book in to categories of excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt and skills to acquire. Some of these things may be basic and seem like common sense; however, if these things were so easy we'd all be doing them and we'd all be a little more confident. Quick and easy read and I'm almost positive you'll take something away from it!
- The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin: Well this might seem like a totally random addition to this book list, but I've included it because there is research to prove that living in an organized space helps to organize your mind and in turn can improve your mood and overall well being. Shearer and Teplin are not only hysterical but they talk about organizing in a very simple, matter of fact approach which I think we can all benefit from. I challenge you to try organizing just one drawer in your house and notice the benefit it has on your mood! This book is worth the read, just for the pictures alone.
Stay tuned for more book recommendations next month! Happy reading.