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Books that Inspire You

I have a stack of books in my house that I’ve thought about reading a million times over. I pick them up, leaf through a few pages and then put them back down. Some are non-fiction books like The Four Hour Work Week. I was so excited to buy a used copy of this book on, but I was bored from the moment I opened it. At one point the author suggests putting down any book or reading material that fails to interest you or provide any knowledge or meaning in your life. Well I must admit that I closed that book and put it back on the shelf the minute I read that sentence.

I’m currently reading Gorgeously Green, which to be perfectly honest I find enlightening and a bit scary all at the same time. The author suggests reviewing the ingredients in all of the products you use in your home or on your body to search for and eliminate any with toxic materials. I marched upstairs, reached into the bathtub and started reading through the list of unpronounceable ingredients on my shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizers and nearly threw everything into the garbage can.

In an effort to get my mind off of the toxins leaching into my skin and hair I borrowed a copy of Confessions of a Shopaholic. I’ll probably finish this one, but 112 pages in, I’m not feeling particularly entertained by it. I sure hope the movie is more interesting.

Since I’m not having much luck in my book selections lately, I was wondering if any of have recommendations. The books can be fiction or non-fiction, but I’m hoping for something that will either inspire, enlighten, or at the very least entertain me. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.

Laura @ no more spending

Monday 23rd of February 2009

I recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, not light reading but very moving.


Friday 20th of February 2009

Bitter is the New Black *was* funny, much more so than I expected.

I loved Gorgeously Green too - I credit it for starting my daily yoga practice!

A few that I just read and loved: The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis, The Body Myth, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, and The Gospel of Food by Barry Glassner. Speaking of food, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma were excellent too. :) I did read another green book toward the end of last year - it inspired me to finally throw out some last cleaning stuff - but cannot remember the name right now ..


Thursday 19th of February 2009

Eat, Pray, Love was pretty engrossing. I would second the recommendation on that one. Also try any of the Jen Lancaster books, the first is "Bitter is the New Black". I found them to be laugh out loud funny.

One Frugal Girl

Thursday 19th of February 2009

Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I've compiled a big list and I'm heading to the library tomorrow.


Thursday 19th of February 2009

I recently read They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky and got to meet 2 of the co-authors. Not a light read, but you'll be amazed by the determination of the human spirit.