For me, reading is something I do to learn, not necessarily entertainment. I get my entertainment from video games mostly, and then movies and TV shows. So it should be no surprise that my favorite genre is self-help, personal growth, non-fiction type books. I love learning more about myself and others, so I gravitate towards books that help me better understand people and how we tick. Okay, enough blabbing – here’s what I’m currently reading!
Better Than Before
by Gretchen Rubin
If the author’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project, which was a best seller a few years ago. I read THP and really enjoyed it, so when this came up on my Amazon suggestions I thought sure why not! I’m only a few chapters in so far, but I’m really enjoying it. This obviously doesn’t spoil anything, but she breaks down our Tendencies into four categories. Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, Obliger. If you’re curious, I’m definitely an Obliger. One area in that section really stuck out to me.
“Another Obliger summarized: “Promises made to yourself can be broken. It’s the promises made to others that should never be broken.” Obligers need external accountability even for activities they want to do.”
And oh boy ain’t that the truth – for me at least. If you’re curious of your Tendency, I highly suggest picking this up and learning more about yourself and how your habits form and work.
Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember – The Stroke That Changed My Life
by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
If you’re a new reader/follower of me, and you weren’t around in 2016, you may not know a huge part of my life and my story. On August 1st, 2016 I was admitted to the hospital because I was suffering from a Venous Sinus Thrombosis. I was having a stroke. I had several bleeds and clots in my brain. Luckily I’ve made a (semi)full recovery. I still have some memory issues that I don’t know if they’re stroke caused or just getting older, but processing certain things – like real time strategy in video games – is a struggle for me. One day I’ll write more about this.
My good, dear friend Sara (who also suffered a stroke that same week from an AFE with the birth of her fourth child) recommended this book to me as she’s suffered from similar memory issues. As I read the first few chapters, I sort of had… PTSD? It’s hard to explain. Lee’s stroke presented differently than mine in some ways, but others our stories are basically the same. Hers began with a migraine she couldn’t get rid of – so did mine. I’m really interested in reading her story and seeing what has happened to her since and how she’s worked towards recovery.
What have you been reading lately? I have a Kindle, which is where I read fiction books. I’m always looking for recommendations on ones to download there!
Also, check out this post for pretty pictures from my hike in Utah and a discussion about self-improvement!