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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 the topic of Ikigai lately, and I am in the process of reading them all. This one is mainly focused on longevity in Japanese villages, and not so much about finding our Ikigai, our life’s meaning. Not my favorite book on the topic, but if your goal is to live a long and happy life, you might enjoy it.

4. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

I loved this book! Highly visual, this book by the artist and author Austin Kleon is inspiring us to create and get inspired by other artists. It was a real kick in the pants at a moment when blogging felt grueling and I lost my mojo. Anyone who creates, in any shape or form, should read this book. It’s mandatory!

5. Ocean Sea

I don’t read that many novels, I tend to prefer non-fiction and personal development. But Alessandro Barrico is probably my favorite novelist. His masterwork Silk is a must read and so poetic! Ocean Sea did not disappoint! Written in a very eclectic style, the story is intriguing and words flow like beautiful prose. Stunning!

6. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

My opinion on this tiny book by Seth Godin is mitigated. I was looking forward to reading this book to get out of my blogging slump and to kick my butt to soldier through the tough times, but if I had listened Godin’s advice, I would have had to quit blogging. He suggests that, if you are not going to be the absolute best in your line of work, you should give up before it gets tough. It messed with my head! But I finally decided to keep going despite reading it and just put the book down. I think Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, which is on my to read pile, should do the trick, kick-in-the-pants wise.

7. Green Low Carb

Another low-carb cookbook! Unfortunatly, the recipes were too high in carbs to fit with my ketogenic lifestyle. Too bad!

8. À fleur de pots

This book has been written by local blogger chicks I follow. It proposes DIY recipes to create homemade beauty products. Unfortunatly, it’s only in French.

9. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

I was eager to read this book! I quite enjoyed You Are a Badass, Jen Sincero’s best seller, and I hoped to get ideas to improve my finances with this one. Unfortunatly, most of the book revolves around positive affirmations to break your negative relationship with money. Thing is, I do not believe that money is evil or that I do not deserve to earn more. And I’m not good with affirmations. Bummer. I sincerely hoped that I would get financial advice and not woo-woo “if you believe it, it will come” mumbo-jumbo.

10. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Oh my, that was interesting! Billionnaire Elon Musk is quite the character! Starting with Musk’s childhood, up until his success with SpaceX and Tesla, this biography paints a portrait of a hardworking, sometimes tyrannical, sometimes emotionless tech wizz who won’t take no for an answer. It surely inspired me to think outside the box!

11. Le Livre du Lagom – l’art suedois du “ni trop ni trop peu” (The book of Lagom)

Lagom is the swedish word and concept meaning “not too much, not too little, just right”. As a follow up to reading The Little Book of Hygge, I wanted to learn more about the scandinavian culture and this book was just what I was looking for. Unfortunatly, this book is just in French, but you can find many books on the same subject in English.

12. Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue: How to Restore Hormonal Balance and Feel Renewed, Energized, and Stress Free

See above for my story with adrenal fatigue. This book was very interesting and contained self-assessments to evaluate your hormonal function. I’ve been able to use the results of these tests to work with my healthcare provider. The book is full of good tips, supplements and nutrition advice to improve your hormonal balance.

13. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

This book is so awesome that I wrote a full blog post about it! You can read my summary and review here. I highly suggest you pick up this book if your relationship with technology and social media is overwhelming you. It’s written by Cal Newport, author of the bestseller Deep Work.

So there you have it! My goal is to read 100 books in 2019, and with 21 so far, I am 7 books ahead of schedule! You can follow my progress on my Goodreads profile.

What are you reading at the moment? Do you have any good recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below!

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