Hey, all you cool cats and kittens! (I can't even type that without laughing) I have been a book lover since I can remember. My happiest memories were made during library time with my mom in the summers. We would walk to the library every Monday and pick out a new book. She would let me browse for hours and hours and I can just remember the smile on her face when I would finally choose 3 out of the gazillion books from the pile. My mom was an educator so she was really big on making sure I understood what I read. This lady would have me read to her (until chapter books came along) and then quiz me. When I graduated to chapter books, I was writing mini book reports for her to read and evaluate. This may sound like torture for some but for me, I was in heaven. It didn't hurt that my parents were also readers and had bookshelves full of books from novels to biblical references. Needless to say, reading was serious business in the Craig household.
If you asked me what my favorite book of all time was/is, I'd still say The Babysitters Club. It's no secret that I had the entire collection including the special editions. I should have asked my parents to take a picture of the collection for me for this post, dang it. Oh well, there is always #TBT on Instagram lol.
I forgot to add I enjoy reading for pleasure! I just wanted to make sure I stated that! (FOR ME)
As I got older, I didn't read nearly as much unless it was a hood romance novel. I really wasn't reading to enrich my mind but more so for entertainment. I realized I missed reading when I started traveling a lot last year. Being on planes and layovers and Ubers, I needed something to pass the time besides my phone. I began to look for books that interested me and the journey I was on. So here are two books I would like to recommend that really changed my thought process as an adult.
Wholeness by Toure Roberts (my pastor in my head) https://amzn.to/3e4XDXP OMG you guys this book, put me right where I needed to be as I embarked on my self-love journey. I don't want to spoil anything for you but just know that Chapter 7: Two Halves Don't Make A Whole, will completely change your mindset if you are willing.
Believe Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels (who is currently pregnant and making me a Triplet Auntie lol) https://amzn.to/3e5gGBt HEAR ME LOUDLY: You NEED to read this. So many of us grow up with "stinking thinking" and don't even realize it. We allow our little us, tell the BIGGER us what to do. Nah its time to change that and start believing bigger. Stop doubting that incredible person you are and get to your purpose. Ok, I won't preach to you but this book is amazing and comes with a few worksheets to help you put your ideas down on paper.
Anyway, for those of you who don't know, I actually have a book club. Well not just me but Planning A Better Me Retreat has a virtual book club. Every month we read a new book and meet at the end of the month via Zoom to discuss. During these uncertain times, I have found it soothing to curl up to a good book (audible), some wine, and just relax.
Each month I try to pick books that are encouraging and helpful to the soul. The goal is to spark thought, conversation and of course helping you to be a better you. Sometimes we get to a place in life where we just need a change, a shift, anything different; I have found that reading (audible reading lol) does that for me. It always has since I was a little girl and now as an adult, I find it to be even more satisfying because it has become apart of my "me time". It is my de-stressor from the world and helps me with my anxiety. (unless I'm reading some kind of thug life romance novel. I don't recommend these before sleep. TRUST ME)
If you are interested in joining a virtual book club, it is not too late to join us. You can join our Planning A Better Me Book Club Facebook Group
Here is a list of books we have read thus far in 2020:
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth https://amzn.to/34m9fkK
Fresh Start by Jokotade https://amzn.to/2V60ZBa (also the owner of Notiq. Shameless plug, but this is my favorite Luxury Stationery Brand and to know the story behind the brand... YOU WILL BE BLOWN AWAY. You can save 10% on your order by using EMich10 here
Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis https://amzn.to/3e5CFIx
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper https://amzn.to/2RCnzRl
With all that is going on, here is the book for May as well. We will be reading
How to Be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Menzer https://amzn.to/2xbNisw
(You can shop my entire grownup book favorites in my Amazon Store !)
Reading feeds the brain but also your soul. I know we all make excuses as to why we can't take time out, but here are some quick ways to add reading to your day!
Listen to Audible on your commute instead of that tired playlist (no shade lol) Don't have audible? Sign up with my referral link here and get 30 days free!
Turn that ratchet TV off for an hour and read.
Come home from work and relax with a book instead of the gut retching news.
Before you go to bed, detox from the day with a good read.
What are some reading habits you enjoy? What are some of your favorite books?
I would love to chat about them below!