What I read this month – April edition

Another month has gone by! Time for a new edition of what I read this month! April has slow down for me on the reading front because I was busy hosting a metal concert at the end of the month! I’m ready to dive right back into my to read pile! Apéro spécial été A quick little cook book focused on entrées and snacks to eat on the patio. There’s a feta pesto spread that I want to try as soon as spring sets in here in Quebec! Science and Magic This coffee table book compiles articles from the nineteenth century, at a time when science and magic where hardly distinguishable. Interesting nature facts and experiments conducted during this era make for a highly interesting read! You Need a Budget I love a good personal finance book! This one was super simple, but gave a few invaluable advices, such as give each dollar a job. Upon reading it, I changed the way I approach money and how I handle my paychecks. If you are just starting out with personal finance, […]

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How to read more

In an average year, I read around 97 books. This year, my goal is to read 100. I often get asked how I get so much reading done and the answer is simple. I read all the time. And when I mean all the time, I mean many hours a day. To me, reading is the same as breathing. It is vital. In this blog post, I will share my best tips to help you read more. Pick the ones that work for you, and implement them today! Always carry a book with you The simplest way to make sure you read, a lot, is to always carry a book with you. Books can be bulky to carry, so I like to keep ebooks in my phone. With the Kindle app, ebooks are accessible on all your devices. Having a book handy at my fingertips mean that I can read in the subway, in line at the grocery store, waiting at the dentist, anywhere really. I know that I always have a good book with me and it helps me […]

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What I read this month – March edition

Another month has gone by! This one has been exceptionally good for reading! I’m now at 35 books read as of this morning, which means that I am 10 books in advance on my goal of reading 100 books this year! Amazing! Let’s dive into this month’s list! Oh She Glows Every Day A nice, healthy cookbook with gluten free and dairy free options. The images were gorgeous and I found a few recipes that I want to try soon! Gin: The Manual Now that I’m eating keto, I can’t drink those delicious craft beers that I liked so much. I’m turning to spirits and gin has been my go-to lately, along with whisky. This manual lists all the different types of gin, the history of this iconic drink and a few classic cocktails. I’ve been most interested in the different aromatic profiles of gin and it has made my tasting experience much richer. The Illustrated Walden This beautiful edition of the bicentennial classic Walden by Henry David Thoreau has been a charm to read. Illustrated with beautiful pictures of […]

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What I read this month – February edition

Another month, another edition of what I read this month! Here’s all the books I’ve enjoyed during the month of February : 1. The 8th Habit After reading the classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I wanted to dive deeper into the works of Steven Covey, one of the grandfathers of productivity. I did not get the same amazed feeling as reading the 7 habits. I felt that this one was more geared towards a business setting than personal development per se. Still, it contained a few wisdom nuggets. 2. Équilibrer le système hormonal grâce aux méthodes naturelles (French Edition)(Equilibrate the hormonal system with natural methods) I suspect that my adrenals are overworked, resulting in chronic insomnia since the holidays. Adrenal fatigue is a subject that has interested me a lot lately and I am in the process of going through some tests to diagnose my cortisol levels. An interesting read, focused on plants and natural remedies to improve hormonal function. 3. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life There’s a plethora of books on […]

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Embrace Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

In this day and age, our digital devices are more and more present and we spend more time on social media than ever. You’ve probably heard of the term ‘digital detox’, a term that’s becoming more popular these days because some of us are feeling overwhelmed by the hyperconnectedness of our time. The birth of a concept After releasing his book Deep Work, in which he advocates for focused, uninterrupted work free from distraction, author Cal Newport was flooded with questions from his readers. Deep Work is about professional life, but readers were searching for solutions in their personal lives. They communicated their overwhelm caused by the prevalence of technology and social media and their inability to free themselves from these many distractions. Newport, a digital hermit who decided not to partake in the social media craze, started to research our relationship with technology and came up with a solution : digital minimalism. In his brand new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Newport explores the consequences of the latest rise of technology and social […]

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What I read this month : November Edition

what i read in november

Here I am again with my book list for the month! I hope you’ve enjoyed last month’s installment? Inspired by Gretchen Rubin, I plan to make these posts a regular thing on the blog. Here’s goes my list for November! 1. When Breath Becomes Air Air by Paul Kalanithi This is a memoir I’ve heard so much about that I decided to pick it up on a whim. I listened to the audiobook which was really great. The author describes his experience as a neurosurgeon dealing with terminal cancer. His writing is literally haunting. Unfortunatly, he hasn’t been able to conclude his memoir, the illness progressing too fast. His wife completed the memoir, writing about his last moments and his legacy. A beautiful piece of littérature. 2. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat Unconventional read for a productivity blog, but I throroughly enjoyed this cookbook. Informing us about the science behind the elements of good cooking, Samin is not only informative, but also very funny. This book goes in depth and is beautifully […]

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The Bullet Journal Method Book Review

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

It is not often that I am beyond excited to read a new book. But the minute I heard that Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal wrote a book on the subject, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I preordered the book in June, and it came on the day of its release, October 23rd. I read the book as soon as it came and I wished I could keep reading it forever. Does it ever happen to you to not want to finish a book because it is too good? That’s exactly how I felt reading the Bullet Journal Method. To be clear, this post will not be a summary of how the Bullet journal works. If you are new to the idea of Bullet journaling, check out my intro guide here. A Bullet Journal guide, but much much more Yes, the Bullet Journal Method presents you with a guide on how to create your own bujo. You will learn the basics, the main spreads, and even see examples on how to structure your […]

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What I read this month : October edition

I am always curious to snoop on what others are reading. One of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin, started sharing a monthly recap of what she’s been reading and it made me think that you might also benefit from book recommandations! So I’ve decided to start my own monthly recap! I hope you like it! So onwards with what I read in October. It is a melting pot of personal development and productivity, sprinkled with a touch of whimsy : 1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness This is my touch of whimsy for the month! October being Halloween month, I read this little gem of a novel. We follow the adventure of a scholarly witch who falls in love with a vampire and thus provoke a war among creatures. Punctuated with history tidbits and lots of books, I did not expect I would enjoy this one so much. It is the first opus in the All Souls Trilogy and I already bought myself the second tome! 2. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll I have been on […]

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The Free-Time Formula : How to carve out time for what matters most

The Free-Time Formula by Jeff Sanders

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve heard me say that Jeff Sanders is one of my favorite podcasters. But Jeff is not only a successful podcaster, he’s also an author! When I heard that he was coming up with his second book, The Free-Time Formula, I was eager to know what it was about. Jeff was kind enough to provide me with an advanced copy and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Last year, Jeff published his second book, his first paperback ever published by a real publisher. It was titled The 5 A.M. Miracle and was basically a compilation of productivity advice. I did not care too much for the book at the time and gave it somewhat of a bad review. I felt that the writing needed improvement and that the advice was general and, frankly, didn’t bring anything new to the already crowded productivity table. Well this time, my friends, things are different. The Free-Time Formula is all original content. Jeff came up with his own framework, 7 steps to […]

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Your best year ever, at your fingertips : Review

Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Over the years, there is one influencer I look up to most than others. Ex-CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Michael Hyatt has grown quite a readership in the productivity and leadership sphere. His blog is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs, scoring more than a million page views each month. His podcasts and books always have a place of choice in my media consumption each month. Passionate as I am with all things goal setting, I was eager to get my copy of Hyatt’s latest book, Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals, released this January 2nd. I read the whole thing in records time and also enrolled in the companion online course, 5 days to your best year ever. Unfortunately, this time, Michael Hyatt’s content disappointed. The course and book are divided in 5 parts, 5 steps to set and achieve your goals for the new year, or at any time really. Each step is actionable and specific steps are laid out at the end of every chapter […]

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