10 Favorite Books for Fall
Being a pacific northwest girl, fall means rain. But I don't mind, it's kind of cozy and the perfect backdrop for journal writing and reading. Today I want to share my 10 favorite books for fall. You can see my 8 awesome books for happiness here. In short, I love books. Seeing as most books can be purchased for under $20, new or used, and come with so much inspiration, ideas, dreams, plans, education, lessons, and laughs I think as the reader you get the better end of the deal. It's a dream of mine to author a book one day. Until then I will read as many as my brain can handle.
10 Favorite Books for Fall
This is the ultimate rags to riches story but with a lot of guts. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, an online retailer. She started with an ebay shop for vintage and 8 years later has an empire of sorts. This book fills in the big gap in between those years. All the how's and what's of rising to the top of her industry. Business love aside, I enjoy her attitude. She is not afraid to tell it like it is. If you're craving some creative change and want to make a go at something new in your life then this is a great read.
I read this one weekend at the beach and found myself in a sort of magicians game with the universe. She outlines 9 energy-based experiments you can do to bring more of what you desire into you life. Think manifestation, affirmation, and synchronicity all in one. Powerful stuff that all starts with your mind and awareness. It's a fun read and there are several laugh-out-loud moments.
If you like E Squared then read this as the follow-up. This is the book where I learned the sheer power behind the statement, "I am..." and how it's basically a universal wish granter. Now I am watering this down because there's more to it than this. But I love his concepts. Makes you think twice about what you actually have power over in your life.
4. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Calling all creative beings, this book is for you. You can replace any creative outlet with 'writing' in the title and it would speak right to you. In fact, she even suggests this in the opening chapter. I love this book. It made me thing hard about what energy and space I give to the things that feed my soul like writing, art, community, and more. If you're ready to give your all to something, read this book first. This is the perfect season for just this.
Robin Sharma's classic book is actually a business book but works well for daily life. It's a series of lessons as told by a burnt-out lawyer turned monk. Through the main character's voice, the author shares his insights into mindful living and how to keep what's really important in your life present. It's a must read, and one that will make you feel really good.
It feels like in this day in age there is a lot of pressure to find what you're really good at at make it your end-all. But life is not linear like that and is made up of so many experiences. Every experience counts for something which is what Body of Work is about. It's a nice reminder that we have a common thread that ties all our work together, paid and not paid. We have themes and the author helps you find yours.
This book may be a bit controversial but I loved it. It's an extended dialogue between the author, Neale Donald Walsch, and God. Really. It's a written conversation as the title says and it's rather good. There are three books in this particular series but the first book is still my favorite. I couldn't put it down.
Student turned intern, turned teacher at Harvard, Shawn Achor found himself teaching one of the most popular classes on campus - a class about happiness. After spending an exceptionally long time at Harvard he watched some fascinating student habits and patterns emerge. Some that would determine a student's attitude and achievements while attending Harvard. He took his theories and went on to teach them to companies and leaders around the world. His wit and charm alone are worth reading this book for.
I loved this book despite it's obvious title. It's about the age-old saying, "Don't die with your music still inside of you." Essentially, empty yourself of all that you have to offer this world. Leave it a better place. Stand for something. Find your through line and follow it to the end.
Ok, I have to admit that I actually have not read this yet. But it seems like the perfect read for rainy fall days. If your partner, best friend, or co-worker is an introvert read it for them. If you consider yourself an introvert then pick this up and quietly read all about your strengths and how to use them to your advantage. Maybe this would make for a good book club selection? What do you think...leave me a comment below if you think so!
It's not too late to join October's book club: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. AND just so you know, each book links to Powell's Books where you can get a copy. I am not an affiliate, I just love this bookstore.