I love reading books. I do. And I am pretty conservative concerning the format of a book reading. I prefer the old-style type of reading if I may say so.
There is something special about the printed volumes. The smell of pages (especially of freshly printed books), the illustration on the cover, the size of the book: is it large or pocket size, the way it feels when you touch a page: is it smooth and glossy or just the opposite – mat and uneven… I can keep on going enumerating other pros. You can cozily curl yourself up in the armchair or a couch, grab a big mug of hot freshly brewed fruit tea and start reading a book and rustle when turning over the next page. When you are done with the reading for today, use the cutest bookmark to remind you what a pleasure to hold a book in your hands and read it.
I used to read a lot of fiction books. And I guess in 2014 I felt like I needed something different that could breathe a new life in me, bring me inspiration to reappraise old values and get new positive habits. Besides, as I finally decided to get started living a quality life I was looking for the authors and books that could teach me new uplifting ideas. I turned to the motivating, psychological and lifestyle type of literature.
And here are the books that inspired me in 2014.
1. Mind Power Into The 21st Century: Techniques To Harness The Astounding Powers of Thought by John Kehoe (right on the photo)
I actually read this book earlier. But in 2014 I had to reread it to refresh the idea that dominates here.
The human brain is a real power. And in most cases we run our thoughts in the wrong way. That leads to the blocking of our talents, possibilities and chances for success. All we need to do is to reprogram our thoughts to start living the life we want! How to do it you will find in this book. Besides, the author gives the astonishing examples from his practice.
2. The Art of Simplicity by Dominique Loreau (left on the photo)
Ines de la Fressange (read about her book down) mentions this book as one of those that should be within the reach of hand at your home. She also calls it her bible of Zen and the art of everyday life. I can truly agree.
This book is by a French writer who has been living in Japan for years. She had got so fascinated by Zen culture, so that she moved to Japan where she could discover the its roots and find out the most ideal lifestyle. With the lapse of time she realized that the most perfect lifestyle for her is in simplicity. Simplicity frees from prejudice, limitations and burden that overload us and give us much stress. Minimalism solves a lot of our problems. The book helps to find harmony in life. But from my own experience, keeping it simple does not come easy.
3. La Parisienne by Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet
According to the description it is the Parisian guide to chic. It is not anything new. I am just behind all the new fashionable books. I remember asking my husband to get it for me as a birthday present. And I got it.
This book is just adorable, beautiful, so girly and nicely illustrated with cute pictures and drawings by Ines de la Fressange. The former French model gives advices on how dress a’la Parisienne, what cosmetics to use, how to live like Parisian, where to shop, where to stay and eat when in Paris. And her every advice is spiced up with a pinch of humor. Isn’t it a pleasure to have this book and look it through from time to time? It is like a gulp of fresh air when everything around seems grey and dull. Just live as if Parisian!
4. Gino’s Pasta by Gino D’Acampo
I decided to include this book in my list for a change. The whole book is all about Italian pasta. And it is a real treasure. When coming back from Italy after a week of eating pasta every day I was determinated to learn to cook pasta right. All in all, it is my favorite food.
Cooking with Gino is fun and easy. And the best part is you need up to 30 minutes to cook most of his recipes. Oh, and the result of it disappears from a plate in no time!
5. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
I read an e-version of a book. That is so untypical me! It is one of those books that teaches how to acquire Zen and a true balance in your life. It is written with a living language. The whole wisdom is hidden in an interesting plot. And there is no wonder! Robin Sharma admires Paolo Coehlo’s Alchemist. I am sure the manner of Robin’s writing somehow resemles Paolo’s novels.
I think “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is just ideal for those who have lost passion for life and work and the routine has become so unbearable they cannot stand it any longer.
So, this is it. Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What would you recommend me to read?
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