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The Best Non-Yoga Books to Read on Your Holiday

I’m an insatiable reader and I always have 1-3 books on my nightstand at any given time. I actually decided to go 90% digital with books because I have a somewhat nomadic life, and let’s be honest: books do not travel well! They’re a little heavy and cumbersome to carry around, so I LOVE having a Kindle for this exact reason. I’ll spare you my love letter to this wonderful little toy and get straight to the point 😉

Here’s what I’ve read (or re-read) lately and what I’m recommending as fun books for your time off this month:

1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
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This is one of the few books I have a hard copy of so that I can mark it up and take notes all over the place. Once you get this one it’ll become an instant reference manual for creative living, I promise you. If you feel trapped in a stale routine, or just want a new perspective on what it means to be “creative,” this will surely inspire you to re-discover the creative genius within (we all have one!). I can’t recommend it enough!

2. Food Matters by Mark Bittman
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I’m all about feeling free around the dinner table. NO single diet is a one-size-fits-all solution, and I’ve always been an advocate for the salad AND the steak. That said, I think it’s important to inform ourselves about the way the food industry works in America so that we have a thorough understanding of where our food comes from. When we know better, we do better. I truly believe that our presence on this Earth is a privilege, and that we can  and should consume responsibly and with intention. Everything we purchase is a vote for something, and I think it’s our responsibility to empower ourselves with the necessary information to make the best choices possible.

3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I feel like people are going to jump down my throat for “going there,” but oh well. I get really consumed by current events and feel antsy when I can’t form a meaningful opinion about what they mean to me. With all the controversy and news coverage around the Black Lives Matter movement and race relations in general, this was a topic that I wanted to hear more about. This book found its way into my news feed and I picked it up out of curiosity. It was eloquent and sharp, and definitely worth a recommendation.

I’ll leave it at this: it’s a timely piece that offers some pretty heavy food for thought. Even if you don’t walk away agreeing with everything the author says, you’ll definitely finish the book with a different angle to consider.

4. Seth Godin’s Blog.
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Okay, so this isn’t a book, but I just love this dude. He’s interesting because he’s interested and those are my favorite kind of people. Every blog post and book he writes will push you outside your mental comfort zone and make you go, “huh, I never thought of it that way…” And those are always my favorite things to read 😉 It requires a sign-up but it’s free, so yay!

5. A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
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Ever wonder what it’s like to move to France?! This book is totally true and completely hilarious. I read it a few years ago and recently paged through it again and now it’s even funnier (if possible)! If you want something light, funny, and super easy to read, this is a great pick.

Over to you! What are you reading this month? I know a bunch of us are traveling for the holidays and may be looking for good reading material, so share away! 

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    Tiffany

    January 5, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I went and picked up Big Magic the day before yesterday and I am loving it so far. It’s something my heart needed to read. I am on break from Nursing school and I had major goals to read read read for fun. Well it did not happen. I am going back next week and this will be the only book I have read on my break. I am so glad that I went and picked it up. Thanks for the recommendation.

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