Hey hey hiii!
Crazy excited to bring this new series to TSF!
Between mindless scrolling on my cell phone, working on the laptop, and binging reality tv, I’ve gotten so far away from reading on the reg & it is no bueno.
I was chatting the other day with someone and remembering how I used to read at least 1 book a month, if not a little more. Now I’m lucky if I can finish one in less than 6 months.
Sometimes I wish we could go back to the days when technology wasn’t completely consuming our lives, ya know?
The majority of people spend their days in this state of going from one app to the next and back again.. Attention spans and memory aren’t even close what they used to be, and especially given what’s happening with the pandemic, reading is v much necessary as a way to let your mind escape for a bit.
Benefits Of Reading Daily
+ Mental Stimulation:
Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind.
+ Stress Reduction:
Kinda like I said above- reading allows your mind to just get lost in another world or if you’re reading personal development- to really work on yourself and mindset and be able to deal with the daily stressors that may come your way.
+ Learn New Info:
I mean this is a no-brainer. But when you read, you’re retaining new information and learning new things- new words, new ideas, new thoughts..
+ Memory Improvement:
When you read fiction for example- you have to remember the characters, their backstories, what’s happening in the plot, etc. And you definitely have to remember where you’ve left off if you put the book down and come back later.
Reading everyday strengthens your memory.
+ Stronger Thinking Skills:
Ok, how many of you read Nancy Drew novels and were able to figure out who committed the crime before you finished?
Books are always making you think. And obvi we need this skill on the daily.
+ Increased Focus & Concentration:
I have seen a HUGE decline in my ability to concentrate on one thing ever since I decided to spend way more time toggling back and forth between every single app on my phone for hours a day. Even writing this post, my mind has wandered so much and I find myself just opening up random tabs on my computer to look up nothing. *cringing*
Reading actual pages in a book and needing to pay attention to what you’re reading, seriously helps build your concentration.
So you see, we all need less screen time and more book time.
Alright let’s dive into what is on my reading list this month!
TSF AUGUST BOOK CLUB PICKS
Funny How It Works Out:
I’ve been following Manon for a few months now on the rabbit hole that is Tik Tok…*ugh* and instantly fell in love with her energy. She’s hilarious but can also be very real. SOOO when I saw she had written a book I instantly snagged it.
If you need a little pick me up or reminder that you can manifest your dream life, ya gotta read this.
She chats about lessons she’s learned from things that have happened in her life and how you can see the positive in anything that comes your way.
Started reading yesterday and I’m only on chapter 3, but I am legit obsessed.
A Man Called Ove:
I love mixing personal development with fiction- keeps my mind moving and it’s fun to just alternate.
I actually bought this book a couple years ago and never read it, but recently rediscovered it when I FINALLY organized my bookshelf the other day.
Once I finish Funny How It Works, this will be next! BUT, here’s a little bio:
Ove is known as the bitter neighbor & it must be because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time.
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
Start Something That Matters:
Much like the book above, I got this a couple years ago, and never started it. I was really wanting to start a non-profit or something that allowed me to give back in a huge way… But life happened and I got sidetracked.
So I’m excited to dive into this again this month and have it give me that little boost I need to create and launch a project that will change the world.
What are you reading this month?? If you decide to add any of the August book club reads to your bookshelf, lemme know!!
We can read them together and chat via the gram.
Time to get off the laptop and finish Funny How It Works Out.