January 17, 2014

Wrapped Up In Books

I've stressed it quite a few times already that I'm an avid reader. A good book, a hot cuppa tea and a comfy chaise is all I need. As an aftermath of not spending money on beauty products, I headed onto Amazon and clicked my way through some books that I had to have in my possession. What can I say... My fingers were just itching to empty my bank account. I don't really have a specific genre that I read, I can read anything as long as I understand the language, but I do love books in the Health & Well-Being, Thriller, Food and Literature section. I've got a Kindle, which I love to read from, but some books you just have to have in your bookshelf, and not a virtual one.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek
If you don't know the guy, you've got to stop reading this for a sec and scribble down on a Post-It to watch his TED talks right after you finish reading this post. He's such an inspirational speaker and used as an example in Uni quite often. I've watched two of his speeches which are really easy to listen to, and his speech 'The Golden Circle' is related to Start With Why. I'm really interested in Branding and Corporate Communication so that's why I bought the book to read more about his theory. I'm not quite sure if it's a fun book to read for those who don't have any affiliation with business or whatsoever, but you've got to watch his Talks and make up your mind yourself, they're really good.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
This is one of those books that I've read as a teen a.k.a) being forced to read by my English teacher and haven't really understood back then. One of the clients I'm working with at the moment is publishing a book that is written in a similar way as The Little Prince and with that I mean that a child could read it as a bed-time story and an adult could read it too, understanding the essence of the book. As I'm a bit older now (I wouldn't go as far as adult) I hope to grasp the meaning behind the book better.

the Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas
I'm obsessed with food, well-being, food that would improve my well-being and directly food that would damage my well-being (so I know what to avoid). And the Plan is about just that. Recitas is a nutrition expert and reveals all food that's got the good and bad for your body, including meal plans, recipes and tips on how to lose weight, avoid feeling bloated/tired/unhealthy and to empower yourself with the knowledge of what works for your body.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild is a recently new book that I've spotted on Instagram quite a few times and both the cover and title caught my attention, leading to a naughty purchase. At twenty-six, Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America by herself. She documents this and her mental and physical struggles in the book. From what I've read in the reviews: I've got to prepare myself for an emotional roller coaster and well written book - can't wait to start reading it!

Hungry by Chrystal Renn and Marjorie Ingall
(Honger in Dutch) I usually read the books in their original language (if it's a language I can read and understand), but this was on sale at my local book store so I just picked this up. When this was published (in 2009) I already wanted to read it, but kinda forgot about it as time passed. It's about Chrystal Renn, one of the most well known plus-size models. She talks about her career as a model, how she struggled from an eating disorder becoming a size zero model at the age of 14 to a plus size model at 21. I normally don't (like to) read auto-biographies, but eating disorders and self-esteem are subjects that are still really sensitive nowadays and I'm really interested in her story and will let you know my thoughts once I've finished it.

I'm thinking of doing a little book series where I'll write about a book I've finished reading in that week and talk about it, what I liked, etc. Basically a book review, do let me know in the comment section. I'm trying very hard to not order the bunch of books I've in my "Saved for later" basket, as that clearly would be declaring my bankruptcy. But do let me know if you'd be interested in a book (review) series or whether you think it's completely bonkers.

What books have you been reading lately?



  1. The Little Prince is one of my favorites. It does take a few reads to fully grasp and appreciate it's meaning. I really need to find the time to read more. Just started Crazy Rich Asians. It's totally fluffy but fun.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  2. So great to found another self-proclaimed avid reader, I spend more money on books than I spend on my clothes, which is kind of crazy! I absolutely love 'The Little Prince' and I bought a copy this Christmas for my a little sister and I'm hoping she'll appreciate it as well!

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Mary x

  3. I've been wanting to read Crazy Rich Asians, but I'm waiting for the Mass Market Paperback version to come in stock. Yes, I'm one of those people who would wait or pay more for a specific cover, ha!

  4. I do the same, though lately with the sales, I've been stocking up loads on books, clothes and beauty. A triple threat, much? I'm sure your sister will love it. I'm not one to say that books are classics, but The Little Prince... it definitely is. Hope you'll have a lovely weekend as well!

  5. I love TED Talks and found them to be better than Start With Why. I spend 20x as much money on books as I do on clothes. On textbooks and exam study guides, that is. So the books I get for recreational reading are usually gifts or bought from thrift stores or ebay. Can't say I'm very happy about curling up in a chair with a giant book on taxes, but hopefully I'll have time to read Wild.

    Sincerely, Christine from Invisible Blush

  6. I haven't had the chance yet to start reading Start With Why - past week has been so hectic. All the deadlines combined with an attempt to studying has been killing me. I spend a load on literature for Uni as well, though that has decreased over the years and I kinda see books in the same category as beauty products haha. Let me know how you like Wild!

  7. I agree that I am a huge reader yet I feel that I get so carried away that I don't get other important things done (ie. Getting the essential 8 hours sleep!) - but this looks like some great titles to add to the list!

    Lovely Post! I also like to write Book Reviews on my blog - I did one recently of one of my favourite books I've read: http://berrybloomxo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/berryreads-me-before-you.html



  8. glad to see your read list! i'm slowly (verly slowly..stupid 600 pages of rushdie just wont' get read...) making my way through mine.

    A Beautiful Zen

  9. I just love spending my time with books! :))
    The Little Prince is one of my favorites!~


  10. I can totally relate! I'd love to read your thoughts on them and will definitely check out your book recommendations, thanks for letting me know :-)

  11. Haha well some books just take a bit longer to get through. But wow, 600 pages is a massive book indeed. Hope it's interesting though! I'll be starting a book series starting from next week, so be sure to check back :-)

  12. So glad to meet people who are just like me. I'll start with reading Little Prince next week, once I'm done with my exams. Can't wait to delve into it again!


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