what i’m reading…

Here are a few recent and in-progress reads that I would recommend.

1) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

I couldn’t put this one down. I was familiar with Malcolm Gladwell and his work from my studies in marketing and consumer behaviour, but never had the opportunity to read any of his books in full.

Outliers had me nodding in agreement and ‘ah-ha!’ ing throughout. There are many revelations in this book about society and how, although we teach our children that hard work is the road to success, superstars rarely rise alone. It’s the perfect formula of being in the right place at the right time, and having the opportunity to foster their talents more than others with the same potential had.

Hard work and intelligence don’t equate success – luck has a lot to do with it. This is a very engaging read.

2) The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

The Fire Starter Sessions is an inspiring guide to creating success in your life on your own terms. You’ll ask yourself a lot of questions along the way to completing this book. Danielle LaPorte challenges you to reflect on what your heart purpose is for money, and guides you along a path to focusing on how you want to FEEL in life, rather than what you want to acquire. Can’t wait to finish this book!

3) The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

A surprising read for me! I had never heard of Patrick DeWitt or his tale of two cowboy assassin brothers before it was suggested at our book club. It didn’t take long before the author had me caught up in  the tales of Eli and Charlie Sisters. You can’t help but fall in love with the shady characters in this dark comedy. As David Wroblewski, a New York Times bestselling author said about the book, “Honestly, I can’t recall ever being this fond of a pair of psychopaths.”

4) Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest 

Emma Forrest’s memoir presents a humorous, witty perspective on serious self-destructing behaviour- bulimia and cutting. Her honest account of mental illness had me staying up at night for a week. The unexpected death of her psychiatrist, and the build-up and breakdown of an intense relationship almost proved too much. Surrounded by friends, family and with the optimistic, supportive words of her beloved doctor in her head, Emma made it through one of the darkest periods of her life. The stronger for it.

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