WHAT I READ IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

I’m excited to head into the new month armed with dozens of book recommendations thanks to your comments on this Instagram post! I’d been averaging three books per month for the first half of this year and I’m trying to get back into the habit after a light summer. Here’s what I’ve read in the past couple months — I would love hear your recent reads in the comments!

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Rating: 5/5

I first read this book last summer and I decided to reread it last month after feeling in a bit of a funk at the end of the summer. I’ve now read the book and listened to the audio book and I highly recommend either if you find yourself needing a little extra motivation right now. The writing is funny and upbeat and has twice now left me with the feeling that I can get out of my own way and design a life I’m obsessed with. Even self-help skeptics should give this one a go!

Startup by Doree Shafrir

Rating: 4/5

This was one of the recommended titles on Audible after I finished Fitness Junkie and The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (reviewed here and here) and its author, a culture writer for Buzzfeed News, applies a similar wit in satirizing the New York start-up scene. I was instantly interested in the characters (whereas I find many novels to have a slooooow start) and found it a quick read, but I felt the ending was rather abrupt and found myself wishing for a proper resolution.

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Rating: 4/5

I’d never read or listened to anything by Tony Robbins before and I figured given my love of self-improvement books this was pretty overdue. I listened to the super short (apparently abridged) audio book in a couple days and while I wouldn’t call it life-changing or even uniquely insightful, sometimes a self-improvement book offers a little morsel of advice or motivation that clicks at just the right time and that’s good enough for me. The Audible version sounds more like the script for a TED talk than an actual full-length book, but if you have 90 minutes and want something simple to pump you up, this is worth a listen or a read. Are any of you Tony Robbins fans (or cynics)? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The One Thing by Jay Papasan and Gary Keller

Rating: 4/5

This is an interesting read on turning long-term dreams into daily and weekly habits. I’ve read a decent number of business and productivity books over the past few years but this one cited a few studies I hadn’t heard of before and debunks the myth of multitasking in favor of focusing on one task at a time. It’s dry and a little repetitive but offers several helpful takeaways, particularly for those of us with 101 in 1001 lists!

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