December 2018 Reading List


I have rounded a list of the books I have recently read to perfectly end 2018 with some inspiration, knowledge, and maybe some new curiosities.

I have recently rediscovered the magic of libraries and may I add how efficient they are nowadays. I am quite a curious person and tend to read books on every topic. It has reminded me of my love for writing, storytelling, and that feeling you get when you complete an excellent book and just want to hold on to it forever.

I have checked out so many books these past two months but haven't actually finished all of them. Finding a great book is no easy feat, but the following were well worth the hunt. I have been in search of books to spark my creativity, to show me topics I have never even thought about, and to learn. This list of books will definitely change the way you see the world around you and inspire your curiosity. 

So here is a list of my favorite books that I have read it in the last couple of months. I recommend the library for FREE reading, but I have also linked each image to Amazon if you prefer to purchase.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

As a fellow writer (although I can not compare myself to the greatness of Shonda Rhimes creative genius) I was moved by her story and even printed her Wikipedia biography to keep me inspired. She is a masterful storyteller, which is proven by our Thursday night plans and has a great story to tell. She breaks norms, and it was so refreshing to say "OMG ME TOO!" as I read along. 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I finally figured out what I want to do. Well kind of. I am a creative, I want and need to create. My transition into a creative role has been liberating but also terrifying, and this book was heaven sent! There were so many moments where I finished reading something that completely touched my soul, and I would stop to hug this book. Ridiculous? Maybe but I can say with certainty that Elizabeth Gilbert spins magic when she writes. Her words flow as if they were meant to be all along. I highly recommend this book to those who are in creative fields or seeking to be in touch with their creative side.

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This book combines the inquiry of happiness with travel, culture, and religion then tops it off with some surprising and witty humor. It was an easy read before I knew it I found myself halfway done through the book. 

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the world to find the good death by Caitlin Doughty 

I don't even know how I picked up this book, but I am so glad I did. It dives into different death/funeral rituals around the world and creates fascinating connections between religion and culture. I loved it so much I have already reserved Smoke gets in your eyes in the library, also by her.

milk & honey by Rupi Kaur

I know, I know! This book has been a long time favorite of many people for a long time now, but I just got around to reading it. It definitely lives up to its reputation. It is a series of poems that goes through four stages 1. the hurting 2. the loving 3. the breaking 4. the healing. It touched parts of me I didn't know how to put into words, and that is the art of writing! It was beautiful, and it is only a 30-minute read.

The Mindful Way through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

This is a great book even if you don't suffer from depression. Learn to use traditional Eastern meditation practice to help create a mental roadmap of your emotions and in turn, lead to emotional balance. I could go on and on about how our current medical system is focused on covering up symptoms instead of healing the root cause, and this book provides an alternative way to achieve that escape from depression. A great mind-opening read.

From these books, I have snowballed into a variety of topics that range from death rituals to screenwriting (my librarian must be so confused). Did any of these capture your interest or do you any recommendations?

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