I figured it would be best to start with the book I just finished reading this week. It is called Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love). You guys. This book spoke to me. Like got right to my core. It is about living a creative life, letting go of your fears and insecurities surrounding your creative endeavors and embracing inspiration. It is so beautifully written and inspiring (go figure) and sure there are ideas of magic and mysticism and things like that but the core message makes so much sense. I highly highly recommend this book to anyone that struggles to embrace their creativity. Oh and as she mentions in the book, we are all creative beings and creativity doesn't necessarily have to manifest in the arts. I think it is a matter of embracing it. Just keep in mind that the "magical" aspects of it can be a little far reaching (in my opinion) but the message is so valuable.
I have had The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins in my possession for months but I just never got around to reading it. I guess I was concerned because it is a psychological thriller and I need to be careful with that kind of content but I am definitely ready to get into it. I've never seen the movie but I've heard so many great things about the story. I'm really looking forward to getting into it.
My friend recommended The Badass Life: 30 Amazing Days to a Lifetime of Great Habits - Body, Mind, And Spirit by Christmas Abbott. I requested this book from the library so this is the next book I will be reading. I read reviews that it is a pretty standard "self help" type of book but sometimes you just need to read a standard self help book to re-energize and get your motivation back. My friend is a big fan of hers from her time on Big Brother (I don't watch it but he LOVES her) so I'm really looking forward to reading what she has to say. Focusing on self care is a huge goal of mine so I have a feeling this will be motivating and inspirational for me.
I couldn't do a post on books without including a few cookbooks in here! I've been lusting after these and one day they will be mine!
YOU GUYS!!!! I NEED!!! I have seriously had my eye on this book for so long (since it was on pre-sale) but just haven't been able to justify getting it yet. This is NYC Vegan by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment (from Vegan Mos). I have gone through the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon and you guys… it looks freaking incredible. All of my favorite regional dishes veganized in one spot. It also has a lot of traditional Jewish recipes that I haven't had in a long time as well. I haven't even tried any of these recipes and I'm already in love with this book.
Finally, we have Sweet Potato Soul by Jenne Claiborne. This book was just released recently and my friend brought it to my attention. After I checked it out I knew that I needed to have it. I haven't had a whole lot of Southern cooking in my life (I know, blasphemy!) and that definitely needs to change. The recipes looked really great and I've heard wonderful things about it so I'm definitely hoping to be able to give it a try soon. NYC Vegan is definitely number 1 on my list with this one close behind.
I know that this has been a different kind of post for me and I hope that you enjoyed it. What is on your To Be Read list? Have you read anything good lately? What books should I add to my list?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on Tuesday with some vegan food to share! <3