Books I’ve Read… February 2017

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This new monthly series will feature everything I’ve read for the month as I love recommending and discussing books.

I enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction so expect to see a wide variety. I was in Trinidad for carnival so this month’s list is short but sweet!

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

I kicked off the month by rereading one of my favourite inspirational books. I rarely read the same book twice, as it’s never the same. Whilst there were key phrases that stood out, the rest of the text now seemed insignificant. I think with spiritual/wellness books, you take what you need from them and leave the rest. It was less enjoyable, but still a much-needed reminder for my wellness journey.

My biggest lesson from Tolle is:

Our reaction to difficult situations is the true reflection of our spiritual consciousness, not how long we can keep our eyes closed for

I struggle to meditate without some form of guidance so this really stood out to me. This shady excerpt taught me to put less emphasis on practicing mindfulness and more focus on reacting positively during conflict. An abridged version would be nice, but it’s worth reading The Power of Now at least once.

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

This novel completely blew me away! Homegoing is the story of two families over several generations, beginning with two sisters, Effia and Esi. Gyasi explores both bloodlines in Ghana and America, discussing themes such as identity, legacy, love and loss. I was immediately hooked within the first chapter, which is not something I can say about many books. It’s a difficult read at times due to the detailed accounts of slavery, I literally gasped out loud at parts, but I promise you will not be able to put the book down. This book is incredibly well-researched and opened my eyes to many things. Gyasi captures the richness and beauty of Ghana, which made me even more keen to visit.

One of the most refreshing things was the joy of reading a book while it’s relatively new, I was able to enjoy it without feeling compelled to love it or being overwhelmed by reviews. I can’t recommend Homegoing enough and definitely think you should add it your wishlist!

What have you read/are currently reading? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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