I hope your April has been treating you as good as mine has been treating me.
I have spent a lot of this month working on new projects and working on bettering myself. It has been a really interesting year for me, putting myself out there in ways I never have before.
Lauryn and I started the podcast, Snapchat entered my life, and I have been getting some really good feedback from all of you which has really inspired me to create some new things that I hope to share with everyone soon!
On that note, I have included some really good books this month. Some you may have heard of, and some maybe not.
Check them out if you get a chance!
So I saw this book on Amazon and every book shelf for the last couple of months and finally gave in and read it. I can now see why I was seeing it so often. This book is nothing short of amazing.
It covers the life and death of Dr. Paul Kalanithi. At the age of 36 after finishing his training as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. What do you do in life when you go from diagnosing and helping patients to becoming one? What do you do when all of your goals and aspirations face the shadow of death? This book may sound really depressing but it was actually both depressing and uplifting. It was a very unique look at life and death.
I highly recommend.
I usually steer clear and shy away from books with titles like this. I am all about bettering yourself but some of these “self-help” books come off a little cheesy. I mean we get it, love yourself, life is great, we are so fortunate, blah, blah, blah. I personally think a lot of those books prey on vulnerabilities.
This one was different though, the author has some really good insights and does a really good job laying it out. She is also funny and authentic. When you read this book you don’t feel like you are being preached to.
Here are some quotes from the book: “Our fantasies are our realities in an excuse free world” (you know how I feel about excuses, so that was A+) “Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking” (again, loved this one, big proponent of more action and less talk).
So check this one out. It’s worth it!
Lauryn and I read this book together years ago and we both really loved it.
It’s a fiction book based off of true events that took place in the author’s life. Roberts was born in Australia and became addicted to heroin at a young age. After committing robberies with a fake gun he was sentenced to 19 years in Australian prison. He escaped (over the front wall!) the prison and ended up fleeing to New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Many of those years were spent in Bombay, India. During those years he worked for the Bombay Mafia, established medical clinics, smuggled guns and worked as a counterfeiter.
Why do we procrastinate? What is the science behind it? Why are we constantly putting off tasks that we know will make our lives harder? Why not just bite the bullet and get it done?
This book is a really helpful (very short! For all you procrastinations) look at why we procrastinate. It offers up some really helpful hints and tools to help conquer procrastination and up productivity. If you have some time, check this book out. I think you will find that you have even more time if you implement some of these tips into your tool box.
Lauryn and I have a really good friend in NYC named Tom. He used to by a NYC cop during some really rough times. Whenever Lauryn and I have a chance we get together with Tom and tour the city and listen to his old stories. It’s wild to hear about the life he led as a cop. My hat goes off to anyone in that field of work, it’s not easy.
Tom is also a really a fantastic writer and has written a series of books loosely based around his life. They are really interesting, quick and entertaining. Not to mention he’s a REAL life celebrity bodyguard, pretty badass right. His newest book may be his best one yet. Check them out and let me know what you think!
I hope you guys are still liking these books posts! I really enjoy sharing them with you.
If you follow me on Snapchat I also post daily on the books I am reading.
Happy reading guys!