January is always a month full of deep resolve. It’s a time where we choose to reflect on our past and resolve to change our future for the better – whether it be to be healthier in our eating habits, or to meditate for a peaceful mind, or to learn a new craft – it’s a time where we all feel like this is possible. It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? To have the confidence to try something different and new, and actually follow through with it?
This year, I’ve made a few resolutions, one of them being to read more. This is also combined with spending more time on myself – something I seem to have forgotten how to do in the past few years. Being an awesome mom, an amazing wife, a great chef, a self-employed entrepreneur, a blogger, a design guru – it takes up so much of my time that there’s often very little left for me. This past year I’ve realized that I’ve lost interest in so many things because of time, and this year, I’m changing that.
I struggle with the saying that I’m “putting myself first”, because as a mom and wife and business owner, I can’t honestly say that. However, I definitely won’t be putting myself last anymore – and with that comes nights out just for fun, a bottle of champagne to celebrate the little things in life, and reading for pleasure.
As busy as I am, reading became a practical habit, where I learned time management skills, how to put a baby to bed, or Adobe Illustrator tutorials. This year I will go back to reading for fun – memoirs a deep favourite of mine, but I’ll also be reading more fiction novels – from easy beach reads to intense and suspenseful stories, I want to read a good book, finish it, and perhaps even discuss it with my peers! (Perhaps I should join a book club?)
I’m still reading my way through the Top 10 eBooks of 2014, but I’m already creating must-read collections for the upcoming months. One of my favourite things to do on the Kobo app is curate collections of books to read. It’s like putting my books on their own bookshelves according to genre or whim – from travel inspirations to cookbooks!
I created a Collection of Memoirs that I want to share with you – some of these I’ve read, and some are still on my ‘want to read’ list! There are a couple of light-hearted and comedic memoirs, a few stories of falling in love, food, and travel, and a couple of serious tales. I love reading stories from a person’s point of view, I love reading about others’ experiences in different situations and places that they’ve been to.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
- Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah
- Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
- Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
- Sickened by Julie Gregory
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I’m always on the look out for new books to add to my ‘Want to Read’ list in the Kobo eBookstore! Did you know you can download the Kobo App for a variety of devices, from your desktop computer to android to iPad? Here’s an exciting chance to win $100 in Kobo eBook credits so you can create your own collection of books to read! What are your favourite books to read?
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