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Reading for Self-Improvement, Entertainment & Knowledge

We love reading in our home. We ensure to make time everyday to read. 10-15 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes during lunch breaks, 30 minutes after coming home from work, 30 minutes before bed time. In total I read for about 1hour 30minutes per day. For some people that may seem like a lot for others its nothing. For me during the week this is realistic, the weekend however, I can get an additional hour of reading done.

I like to read 3-4 books at a time. My aim each month is to read 4 books. I like to read very different books from different genres. For example, this month I have read Give a Shit by Ashlee Piper, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and I am currently reading Principles by Ray Dalio.

Give a Shit is guidance on how we all can reduce our carbon footprint by making small changes like:

  • Carrying a reusable bag and not using plastic bags,
  • Carrying a to-go mug with us so we can avoid the paper mugs,
  • Replacing our paper towels with old rags

We are trying to reduce creating waste in our home and this book is a great source to help motivate us and remind us why we need to stop creating unnecessary waste. It highlights how ‘The Power of 1’ really can change the planet, if we all did a little to reduce waste the oceans, forests and animals would be cleaner and safer.

Little Fires Everywhere (Fiction) tells a story of an artist Mia and her daughter Pearl. When Pearl and her mother move into the ‘perfect’ neighborhood their simple way of life is turned upside down by the Richardson Family. Secrets, betrayal, love and revenge, this book has it all. A great book describing many mother daughter relationships, and all the complicities that go with it. This book is a great read and one you will complete quickly.

Principles by Ray Dalio is a book based on a set of principles Ray has learned throughout his career in the financial sector. He wants to share what he has learned so others can achieve their goals in Life and Work. This is a 2-part series, the other book is more financial, and investment focused. I am only at the beginning chapters of this book, so far, I love it. However, do note I love reading financial books on investing, and personal finance so this may not be everyone’s cup of tea😉

Having a physical book in my hand to read with a cup of tea beside me is my ideal Sunday morning. However, I don’t have the time to sit and read all day. That’s why other mediums like audio books and eBooks are an excellent tool to maximize my reading time. In work I listen to my audio books on my breaks, I listen to audio books in the car too as I cannot read in any form of transportation. It makes me feel ill!

eBooks are great to have on my phone so that if I’m getting my hair done or I am waiting in a long line up I have a book to read. I prefer this to browsing social media. I have times of the day I like to browse social media and I try to stick to that for no more than 15min at a time.

I read a quote somewhere years ago that I will completely mess up, but it was something like…. having the ability to read and not using that gift doesn’t make you any better off than a person who is illiterate.

I think this statement is so powerful. I think we can take the ability to read for granted. We spent years of our life learning to read and write. We all should be reading more and writing more to broaden our way of thinking and expanding our knowledge. Humans would benefit deeply if we did.

What are your thoughts?

What are your top 3 books ever?

Have a great week.

Chat soon,

Theresa x

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