My reading list was always a little odd, but I feel lately like it is a little bit all over the place. I read books that people have recommended or that I've heard talked about on a podcast. Plus there are topics that I'm interested in learning more about.
Most of the books I read in July made me have an 'a ha' moment.
First up is In the Kitchen by Monica Ali. It is fiction with a bit of a murder mystery thrown in that leads the reluctant hero into the deep dark shadows of the city. It was good. It was really engaging, but I also admit it was long. It has been a while since I'd read a book that long, which is a sad testament to my reading choices! Overall I'd say 4 out of 5 stars.
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston was really great. It walks you through why we have clutter, the emotional attachments to clutter and how to use feng shui principles to get rid of the clutter. She talks about clutter as 'stuck energy',
The word 'clutter' derives from the Middle English word 'clotter,' which means to coagulate-and that's about as stuck as you can get.
Clutter accumulates when energy stagnates and, likewise, energy stagnates when clutter accumulates. So the clutter begins as a symptom of what is happening with you in your life and then becomes part of the problem itself because the more of it you have, the more stagnant energy it attracts to itself.
When I teach Spring Clean Your Life I start out by talking about how I didn't know which comes first-the depression or the clutter, because one always follows the other.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
The last book I read was Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. At first I was skimming through this book because I felt like I knew what she was talking about. Then, and I'm not sure what she said, but she really caught my attention. She outlines two mindsets: Fixed or Growth. People with a fixed mindset believe they are as they are and they can't change, but people with growth mindsets believe that they are capable of change and push themselves to learn more. This helped me see that some of the people in my life have a fixed mindset and I can't change them. It made me more accepting of who they are as a person and it changed how I approached them. It also helped me see that in some areas of my life I definitely have a growth mindset, but in some areas I've gotten a little fixed and I need to shake those up. 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you read any interesting books lately?