It seems I can’t read one book at a time.. Sometimes I’ll read three books at the same time. I have this habit of downloading a bunch of book previews on kindle and reading them all to see which book to invest in. I have such a long book wish list that I wonder when I will get to read them all! How I miss the days of getting lost in a good book while riding the train home from Manhattan to New Rochelle. I looked forward to long train rides then. I also prefer physical books to e-books so if I read a book that I may need to come back to, I have to have an actual physical copy. Fiction I tend to like as audiobooks or e-books since I don’t intend to read it more than once. Here’s what I’m reading right now:

The Miracle Morning – by Hal Elrod

I started reading this book with the goal of getting up earlier and having more motivation and energy throughout the day. So far I haven’t successfully had daily early risings and each time has been completely different. Sometimes I just wake up 30 minutes earlier and watch the sunrise and sit in silence. Other times I journal and other times I just listen to worship or classical music. It seems the habit of waking up early is fine as long I do something a little differently when I do.

Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out – by Cathy Wild

The author describes with such accuracy the highs and lows of being an artist. I could relate to every sentence in this book. I’ve been gathering so many thoughtful quotes for further reflection. There is even a section at the end of each chapter with questions for further self-analysis that you can use to journal (my favourite part!). Also, interesting to note that the author had written this book 12 years before she finally published it! Wow! It just shows you that it’s never too late….there will be a right time for your dreams to be realized.

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path – by Erin Loechner

This one caught my attention because I am dealing with overwhelm and feeling like I have to do what everyone else is doing  and what everyone tells you you should be doing. The idea of just taking my time to do what is important to me and not all the things, is very liberating (even though I’ve never been a “follow the crowd’ person). I think I’ve always been a slow processor of things and much of the goals others aspire to achieve and the hustling they have to do to get it, has never appealed to me. Hurrying is not my thing! Ask my mother, she will tell you that as a child I took at least 40 minutes to eat a meal…sometimes I didn’t even finish! This is a good one to read to let go of the pursuit of more in order to desire less.

What are you reading right now? I like personal development, faith and spirituality, art and historical fiction books. If you have any good suggestions, please share! I love to learn new perspectives, techniques and be inspired. One of my favorite things to do is go to Barnes & Noble and sort through the bargain books section. I’ve found some great affordable books there. As a matter of fact, I think that’s my next artist date! When was the last time you went to the bookstore?