Fall is a time to settle in, cozy up and hit refresh. After a long and busy summer of rushing out the door first thing in the morning in order to maximize Vitamin D intake, I always find that Fall is a great time to take some deep breaths of fresh air and… just… chill.
That’s my plan at least. Our family went through a lot this summer (explained here) and it has taken me a few months to get back on my feet, but I feel the changes happening simultaneously with the change of season. I also feel the desire to set some new intentions and take charge of intentions I had for the summer that fell by the wayside. I’m finally ready to embrace Fall fashion and less hours of daylight. I’m ready for all that Autumn brings.
One of my goals, now that the days/nights are chillier and there is less ‘pressure’ to spend every waking moment outside in the warmth and sunshine, is to get back into reading. A friend told me how she reads for 15 minutes before she starts working in the morning and for 20 minutes before bed every single day. In the morning, she reads personal growth books while she is alert and focussed and then, in the evenings, she read fictional, ‘easy reads’ to entertain and wind down. I’ve been wanting to implement this reading routine and commit to it.
So… I’m going to load up my new Kindle Paperwhite and dive into some great books that will help me to not only be a better person but will carry me away to faraway places too. I have potentially the longest list ever of books I’ve been wanting to read, so what better way to carry them all with me, than on my lightweight Kindle! I’ve teamed up with Amazon.ca to share some reads with you that have piqued my interest!
Fall Reading List
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time – Co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives–and even our sex lives in this New York Times bestseller.
What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You – With a practical, warm, and welcoming approach, intuitive life and business coach Kerri Richardson guides you to accept your clutter as a natural manifestation of your mind, body, and spirit looking out for yourself. It is your soul calling out for you invest in self-care and to face the fears holding you back from being your best self. Richardson dives into the most common categories of physical clutter and provides efficient and effective steps for clearing the space for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to flourish. But more than house and home, Richardson encourages you to clear out the clutter of relationships and habits that have been occupying your time and energy for too long.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – n this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.
A House Without Windows – For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice.
The Alice Network – Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
A Man Called Ove – At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…
The Nightingale – The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.
Big Little Lies – A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
More about the Kindle Paperwhite:
- It now has a higher resolution display (300 ppi) – with twice as many pixels
- Now comes with Bookerly, Kindle’s exclusive font, hand-crafted from the ground up for faster reading with less eyestrain
- Has built-in adjustable light-read day and night
- Unlike tablets, no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
- A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours
- Massive selection, lowest prices–over a million titles CDN$ 4.99 or less
- Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books!
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This post is in collaboration with Amazon.ca.