Monthly Read Me: Mindful Edition

Start Where You Are is a journal planned to help readers foster their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers take the time to know themselves so we can appreciate the world around us. This journal gives encouraging prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to support reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. It is a great tool for positive change!

Milk and HoneyI bought this book based on all the good reviews it has received, and reading a few poems. I absolutely adored this book; it made me smile, and ache. It’s all too relatable because it’s rooted in human emotion and experience. Her short, free style poems carry such weight. I’ve always loved reading poetry and every poem in here connects on some level. I’m sure everyone can connect to at least one of these poems if not more. It only took me a day to go through the book because I couldn’t put it down!

Self Compassion– Many of us have been taught how to be compassionate toward others but we haven’t been taught how to have self compassion.The author’s writing style is compassionate, and she draws the reader in with her personal stories combined into practical methods The exercises provided have been helpful for me as I work through this book. I’m not finished yet, but I believe it will continue to be just as amazing.This book is a must read for everybody.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F****– I was skeptical, because the title suggests it might be a mean and cynical book, but it actually explains some deep concepts of life in a light hearted way.This was another good read that helps me when I am having a rough day. It basically gives you permission to stop being a doormat.While I didn’t agree with everything in the book, he has some amazing points and I found myself making a lot of highlights and notes while I read.


Monthly Read Me

Now that fall weather is here, I want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions to add to your  reading list!


Monthly Read Me

It’s been a while since I posted a monthly book list. Honestly, I haven’t read a book for enjoyment in a long time. I’ve been in grad school and my reading time recently has been focused on learning about research proposals, statistics, and theories. Hopefully I will get some time to read for pleasure soon but until then, here are 5 books that I think will make great summer reads.


Top 5 Autobiographies Every 20 Something Should Read

There are so many great lists out there of inspiring biographies that young adults should read and to be honest, I have probably read most of them. It is always amazing to read stories of ordinary people that turned their lives into something that they always dreamed of. Here is a list of my top 5 favorites so far:


Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed


1. Wild- At just 26 Cheryl Strayed was heading down a bumpy road. Her mother had just died, her family got split apart and her marriage had just ended. She had nothing to lose, so she decided to walk the west coast of America, from the Mojave Desert to Washington state, all by herself The entire eleven hundred mile journey is chronicled in this book, plus the life lessons it taught her. Be sure to watch the movie after you finish the book. Reese Witherspoon portrays Cheryl in such an authentic way!




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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg




2. Lean In-  This is an autobiography of Facebook COO and one of Fortunemagazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business. She writes about her experience as a successful business woman and gives advice on changes women can make to a balanced and successful life.



I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafszi


3. Malala is the girl who campaigned for women’s education despite death threats and was actually being shot in the head. Malala’s story is an inspiration to live the life you love and take advantage of the opportunities you have.






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Leave Your Mark: Land your dream job. Kill it in your career. Rock social media by Aliza Licht

4. Leave Your Mark-  Aliza is a global fashion communications executive and Twitter phenomenon. She tells her story from struggling in the fashion industry to making her own career. She gives professional and some personal advice for how to start your own career. She is honest and inspiring.










Is everybody hanging out without me?: (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling


5. Is Everyone hanging out without me? This is a hilarious autobiography about Mindy Kaling’s life. She is so observant and relatable that you could not help but be inspired by hearing about all the details of her life.  You will not be disappointed with this one!


Monthly Read Me: July

Better late than never with this post! It has been a little while since I did a monthly read me because I have not had much time to just sit down and enjoy reading. I’m a bit behind on some of the amazing books that are out there now but below are the top 5 that I have finished since the last time I posted my list. I just recently finished “Cutting Teeth” and it took me only two days. If you had not read any of Jenny Han’s books before, then you are missing out. She writes “The Summer I turned Pretty” trilogy and those three books are great summer reads. “Paper Towns” is a good one to read now because the movie is coming out soon and if you had read other books by John Green then you know you will not be disappointed. The last book, “Wonder” I read for young adolescent class I was taking and I could not put it down.  Happy Reading!

Cutting Teeth by: Julia Fierro

In the Woods by Tana French

To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before by Jenny Han

Paper Towns by John Green

Wonder by R.J Palacio