I thought it would be a new nice segment on the blog to share my books of the month. I recently made it a goal to read more and even opened a library card! So these posts will be the books I read the month prior. I would like to look at this as a book review and to also give the reader insight. Maybe you will find something that sparks an interest. If you ever have your own book recommendations I would love to hear them.
Down to Earth: A Guide to Simple Living By Rhonda Hetzel
I was drawn to this book because I appreciate simple intentional living. I strive to live a simple life as much as I can. The author encourages the reader to enjoy a simple slower life. This book is filled with practical useful information. She covers everything from money, gardening, farming and creating your own food. She even has sections for creating your own cleaning products, handmade soap and food preserving. I found many of the ideas practical and worth giving a try. You will be amazed at what you can create when you implement a simple life. She is honest that it is not easy but the reward is great.
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
This book caught my eye because I wanted to learn more of my history. This book was a collaboration of ninety authors who gathered to tell Black America’s history. The books title refers to the 400 years since the first African slave ship arrived in the colony of Virginia in 1619. This book taught me a lot and educated me on many people who I never heard of before. My only issues with the book are I do not like poetry and some of the chapters were poetry. My other issue is some chapter are stories of “what if” so they are not historical or reality. It was great to read from many different authors but there tended to be an overlap and repetition with some of the stories. I do think this book is worth the read and everyone can take some useful information and education from reading this. So even though there were things I did not like I still think it is worth the read.
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook For The Overworked, Overscheduled And Overwhelmed By Rita Emmett
I love to read self help and self improvement books. Maybe almost a self help junkie. This book is a very quick and easy read filled with useful information. We need to manage our times in way that work for us. Some takeaways from this book for me:
S: Search for and select what is valuable in your life
T: Trash perfectionism
R: Reach for realistic goals that are both relevant and rewarding
E: Eliminate what can and streamline everything else
S: Set boundaries at work and at home
S: Strive to recharge your battery daily
What is success?
Setting goals but not in concrete.
Staying focused but turning aside to help someone.
Following a plan but remaining flexible.
There are some great practical takeaways from this book. Most of it is practical but sometimes the practical is not obvious.