Books, Travelling Through Wonderland

Books that rocked my world

I am a big reader. I love books and can have 4 going at the same time. There are some books that really inspired me, educated me and changed my life. Some are also falling apart because I have always gone back to read them over and over. In no particular order they are:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. A well thought out series that I could not put down. Clare has also expanded the world into the The Dark Artifices series, The Infernal Devices and more taking the characters from the original series and creating their own storylines.
Atomic Habits by James Clear – So many books on forming habits, and goals, all seem to be the same but the words are rearranged differently. Not this one. Another book I could not put down and after digesting what I read I went and reread it to make notes and set up my habit system which has been a success.
Mindful Money by Canna Campbell – Along with her first book, The $1000 Project, this is great for helping you reach your financial goals in life which have been successful for me personally. Campbell also has a great YouTube channel called Sugar Mamma. TV where she talks about finances, along with other subjects such as Minimalism.
Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki – I am OBSESSED with this book. I swear everytime I read it I learn something new! It is about Sasaki’s journey to ridding his belongings and realising that these ‘things’ do not define who you are as a person. Hands down my favourite book on Minimalism.
The Watcher’s Guides by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder – I have all 3 volumes. My absolute favourite show in the 90’s was Buffy The Vampire Slayer. These companions are jam packed with information about every episode over 7 seasons, all the monsters and evil beings created and people behind and in the show. A must for members of the Scooby Gang.
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz – Diaz has done a fantastic job with this book. It isn’t your typical celebrity health and fitness book. She, along with Sarah Bark put so much effort into this and the science behind the female body. Forget you fitness gurus and their books, this is the best one by far.
L’art de la Simplicité by Dominique Loreau – Translated from French to English this beautiful, simple book talks about minimalism in all areas of one’s life.
Being Happy by Andrew Matthews – Ever had a book jump out at you in a time of need? I swear this one did at one of my lowest points in life. It made quite the impact and I always read it when I am in a mood. Oh so simple to read and great graphics within it too. Matthews has other books that expand from this one but this is the best.

I would most likely have other books that I love but the above mentioned I go back to time and time again.

Any books that I have read and didn’t care for, I have donated to friends, family and charities. I prefer printed books however eBooks have an advantage where a sample can be downloaded to read before purchasing. That way you do not get chased out of a bookstore whilst reading a snippet in amongst the stacks. It has happened a couple of times to me!

What books have made an impression on you?

~Lauren

Feature photo from Trinity College Dublin Instagram page. Photo by @iam_hiroyu

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