Apparently, during this COVID period, I have two ways of handling stress:
- Pursuing credentials (after up-leveling my coaching credential to PCC, in the last year I’ve also earned my RYT-200, PMP, and DASM credentials, and I’m currently working toward RYT-500 and CPTD credentials).
- Buying Kindle books when they are on sale for $1.99.
Most mornings, after checking email and looking over my social media notifications, I work my way over to Amazon.com and browse the $1.99 Kindle Daily Deals. I don’t always purchase something, but more often than not I find something that I’ve been meaning to read.
I’m still a dedicated library user, especially now that I can easily browse and download ebooks and audiobooks, but this has also served as a fun pastime. And if one of my favorite authors happens to have a book on sale… well, that purchase with 1-click button certainly comes in handy.
In this post, I thought I would share some of my recent book purchases in case there are any that you might want to add to your to-read pile:
- Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May (This was actually a gift for my birthday last year, but I already read this one and it’s lovely — highly recommend.)
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem (I’ve seen this one recommended everywhere, so I’m looking forward to diving in.)
- The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship by David Whyte (a poet re-imagining love, work, and self-understanding? Yes, that is definitely in my wheelhouse!)
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (this one’s on my 21 for 2021 goals list!)
- The Eight by Katherine Neville (this is outside my usual genre of choice, but the description of a bejeweled magic chess set protected by nuns was so intriguing that I couldn’t resist.)
- Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty (I saw this on someone else’s shelf on Instagram and it happened to be on sale the day I looked it up — synchronicity!)
- Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David J. Epstein (I find the premise of this book so fascinating, especially since academia is so focused on specialization.)
- Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma by Elizabeth A. Stanley (this was recommended in the somatic coaching course I took over the summer — so timely.)
- Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (sensing a pattern? Give me all the books focused on resilience!)
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer (this is one that often shows up in my social media feed, so I grabbed it.)
- The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World by Andrew J. Scott and Lynda Gratton (after reading The 100-Year Life and loving it, I had to pick up the authors’ follow-up book.)
- The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices by Casper ter Kuile (rituals and habits are my jam, so I’m looking forward to this one.)
What’s on your to-read stack lately? See anything here that looks interesting?