What I Read: March 2017

Since I’m going to read 52 books this year (fact!) I’ve been reading like crazy trying to stay on track and I figured I’d share some progress here. In the month of March, I read four books!

  1. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
  2. You Are the Universe by Deepak Chopra
  3. Becoming a Professional Life Coach by Diane Menendez
  4. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

My favorite book this month was Present Over Perfect. It opened my eyes to a lot of ways I’ve been alive but not living. I’m not religious in any way (hi, heathen here) so I skimmed over those parts, but I was really moved by Shauna’s overarching message: slow down, simplify, and connect.

Notable quote: “The very thing that makes you you, that makes you great, that makes you different from everyone else, is also the thing that, unchecked, will ruin you.”

You Are the Universe was very much over my head in a lot of ways, but there were a few occasional nuggets of good insight, and a small existential crisis or two.

Notable quote: “Nothing is real to us until we perceive it.”

Becoming a Professional Life Coach was me dipping my toes into the idea of life coaching and deciding that ultimately it’s not for me. What it did do was affirm for me how very much advising undeclared/exploratory students calls to me.

Notable quote: When we choose work or a way of life that is not fulfilling, it is because we have lost sight of our purpose. We become human doings instead of human beings.

Difficult Women was the first set of short stories I’ve read since college. I don’t generally read short fiction because it frustrates me (“That’s it? I want moooooore.”) but I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of these stories. It definitely has a lot of dark subject matter, and a lot of thought provoking perspectives from a diverse group of female protagonists.

Tell me! What have you been reading lately? What should I put on my TBR list? Here’s a link to my Goodreads profile of you want to connect over there ūü§ó 

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