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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, I think this is a good basics book to read.

The Prophet

A classic, the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran has been on my to read pile for a while. In this very short book, the prophet gives an opinion about most human topics, such as relationships, spirituality and death. I’m not sure I agreed with most of the content of this book, but it surely gave me food for thought.

Why We Sleep

This is a book I would recommend to anyone to read. It’s all about the science of sleep and why it’s so crucial to our health and wellbeing. Since December, I’ve been having trouble sleeping, so I implemented what I learned in this book and turned my sleeping patterns around. It’s so good, it should be mandatory reading in every school. Grab your copy right now!

Ketotarian

This book about the keto diet has a vegan twist. The information is relevant, but I was not thrilled with the recipes. Alas, I tip more towards carnivore than vegan, that’s for sure. If you’ve been wondering how to combine the keto and vegan diet, this book is for you.

500 Salads

I read this short cookbook while sipping an Old Fashioned at my local microbrewery. There were a few interesting twists on classics that I will make sure to try at home.

Ego is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday is one modern scholar with a love for stoicism. His book is all about introducing stoicism into our lives and leaving the ego aside. I like how Holiday tells stories and I really enjoyed reading his most popular opus. It made me reflect about my personal life and gave me ideas on how to be more humble.

Hyperfocus

As every productivity blogger, I love productivity books. This one did not disappoint. I think Hyperfocus is the perfect complement to the highly popular Deep Work by Cal Newport. Chris Bailey, the author, introduced me to the concept of scatterfocus, which is a creative mode in which our brains roam free and create unexpected associations. Being idle sometimes can be super productive!

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The third opus in the Millenium series was an absolute delight. Lisbeth Salander is a true modern heroin. I’m not sure I will read the sequels, as author Stieg Larsson died after publishing the 3 tomes of the Millenium trilogy. I’m not convinced I will appreciate reading the new instalments written by a different author.

Grimoire for the Green Witch

A real book of shadows published by an heritage witch. There were cool sections about correspondances for crystals, herbs and oils that I copied into my own Book of Shadows. Very interesting!

You Must Write a Book

This one was my least favorite read this month. The author focused more on why we should all write a book, but not enough on the specifics of how to actually do it. I received this book for free for signing up for the author’s newsletter and I’m not sure I would have paid for it.

Turning Pro

I like everything written by Steven Pressfield and waited for a long time to get this book from my local library. It did not disappoint. It was the perfect kick in the pants I needed to regain my motivation for writing this blog. I suggest it to anyone who creates art in any shape or form. A must read.

So there you have it, the 12 books I’ve read in April! I’m now at 48 books read so far this year and my goal of reading 100 seems highly attainable! What have you been reading lately? Any good recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

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