Fall is THAT season for several reasons. I heard a woman describe it the other day as an opportunity for her to unapologetically sit in the house without a bother since it’s cold everywhere and I feel THAT. I love fall for many reasons; mostly because my birthday is in the fall, let’s be real. But, there are a ton of other good aspects to it. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is cuddling up with a good book. I have a terrible habit of buying other books before I finish the first ones, or rereading the same book several times (definitely have read You are a Badass at least 4 times in the last year). Hence, why I will be sharing with you my favorite five books this season!!!!!!
Let’s start, shall we?
Sh#t Your Ego Says by James McCrae
Sh#t Your Ego Says by James McCrae has been RUINING my life, in the most positive way of course. I first heard about the book on The Balanced Blonde podcast which starred James Mcrae for an episode. On the episode, they were essentially talking about all the BS we tell ourselves and act upon (obviously some people don’t do this and live healthy, great lives but, for the rest of us, me specifically, there is work to be done!!). I had been in a pretty slummy place at the time of hearing the podcast if I’m being honest and knew I wasn’t really living my best life. I impulsively Amazon Primed this bad boy to my house and it is having major impacts on my life. In the book, he covers a variety of topics varying from meditation to worry to working with your higher self. Honestly, 10/10 Em Anne’s would recommend.
In this season of my life, I’m going through a lot of big changes. New job, trying to graduate college (HA!), being single, turning 22, the list goes on. Whenever I go through a season of change I try to buy poetry. I love hearing how other people make sense of their lives and how it evolves; which is essentially what most poetry or at least the kind I buy does. I first started reading Reyna Biddy’s poetry on Instagram and Twitter. She is finally making books and I am thrilled. These two specifically focus on loving yourself, not wasting your time with trash men (but, realizing sometimes we just do, let’s BE REAL!), her relationship with others and starting over again. After reading several of the poems in this book, I definitely feel like Reyna and I are besties.
#ANote2Self Meditation Journal by Alex Elle
I can’t even tell you how many times this journal has saved me from losing my damn mind. The journal centers on reflective questions. A few questions, for example, are “What benefits come from loving yourself?” and “My intentions for today are:” (then you fill out a little list. I say this keeps me from losing my mind because it is such a great tool to recenter. It challenges me to evaluate where I’m at, where I’m going and where I want to be as well as how I’m going to get there. I’d definitely recommend this if you like growing in general as a person or feel stuck and need some tools to get back on track.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
I think in today’s age it is crazy easy to get caught up in things or people that are honestly a waste of energy. A list of a few examples: what a certain person thinks of what you are doing with your life, your friend who is made about something little that genuinely doesn’t make sense, whether you’ll actually graduate, ya know those thoughts that just CREEP up–like rude. Basically, what I’m getting at is it’s easy to care about stuff that drains you and ultimately isn’t worth your time. This whole book is about learning what is worth giving a f*ck about (to use Mason’s language) and what isn’t. I promise if you implement some of the tips in here you will feel like a RECHARGED LITTLE ANGEL OF SUNSHINE.
What are your favorite reads these days?
Love & Light,