As a kid, I used to devour books at an amazing speed. Especially school series (Sweet Valley fans, hi!), detectives and supernatural books would be finished in no time. I loved it, as it gave me insight into worlds I could not imagine myself and allowed me to escape my surroundings for a few hours. As I believe a Fiery life is complemented by great books, I am sharing the list of what I am currently reading!
And then you’re suddenly an ‘adult’ and find yourself so busy with all these silly things to do, not escaping into other universes or learning anymore. That is why one of my intentions is to build up my reading habit again, and so far it’s going well! Last December I started hoarding books again (anyone else addicted to the smell of books?), and have been slowly building my reading habit again.
As I love to hear what other people are reading, I thought it would be fun to share which books I am currently reading with you too!
Mythos – Stephen Fry
I have always been interested in the Greek myths, and had been searching for a good book for a few weeks when I bumped into this one! Really, I can’t tell you how excited I was to have found a book written by Stephen Fry (personal hero – I love his way with words) and Greek myths!
I really enjoy how he is able to tell the many stories with humor, modern references, and an easy-going style. It’s filled with myths of Zeus being the original f*ck boy, jealous gods, and powerful goddesses playing with men’s lives. If you want to start reading about the Greek Legends, I definitely recommend starting with this book!
Ice Cream for Breakfast – Laura Jane Williams
Written by one of my favorite persons on Instagram – Laura shares her experience of going through a burn-out, and how becoming a nanny and the lessons she learned from the children, helped her recover and make her life more curious, fun and carefree! As I’m also trying to become calmer and happier, this was the perfect gift I received from a friend.
Laura writes in a very casual manner, which I absolutely love. Self-help books are often too wordy and don’t get to the nitty gritty fast enough for my taste – but not this one! I go through it slowly, as she also challenges you to reflect, the book is filled with lists to reflect on life, what you really want to be spending time on and what makes life fun for you. I’ve recommended the book to so many friends, and can definitely recommend to anyone in search of more fun, giggles, and authenticity in their lives <3!
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
This book title kept popping up everywhere the last couple of months, perhaps due to my research into mythology books. I had heard of it before and on my last book ordering spree I decided to order it as well, and I am so glad I did! It’s an engrossing story that keeps me reading due to the mysterious story, the interesting characters and the hunger to understand what is going to happen to the main character, Shadow. I do not want to give too much away, but if you’re interested in modern culture, gods (ancient and modern) and appreciate books with a darker tone – this is an engrossing read!
No Mud, No Lotus – Thich Nhat Hanh
After my visit to Koya in Japan, and learning more about the Buddhist view on meditation and consciousness I wanted to deepen my knowledge on the subject. I received a few great recommendations, and No Mud, No Lotus was one of them. The author Thich Nhat Hanh shares practices and inspiration on transforming our suffering into joy. This isn’t a ‘quick fix’, but a guide on how to slow down, become more mindful and embrace all our emotions, including the ones we would rather ignore. By embracing our suffering, we can make it less overwhelming and release more positive energy and focus on the good.
As this is exactly what my therapy is focusing on right now, it is a perfect guide for me at this moment. It’s a very thin book, but I go through it slowly – aiming to reflect and bring into practice one or more chapters at a time. This is a perfect read if you are interested in deepening your meditation or mindfulness practice.
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I would love to hear what you are reading right now, and what your book recommendations are for 2018! Feel free to share in the comments below!