I read The Happiness of Pursuit last year in July and it was exactly what I needed.
Have you ever had the urge to do something, but you’re hesitant to take the first step? That was how I felt about my blog. It had been on my heart to create a blog on topics that I was passionate about. The blog would show the world a glimpse into my creative side, where I could speak honestly about life. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau was one of the final encouragements to just start that blog.
Last year on a summer afternoon, I was wandering the aisles of my second home at Robson and Howe – Chapters. I meandered over to the Business section and noticed a book that I had seen all over social media and beyond. I thought, “Hm, let’s see.” I picked it up and read the entire first chapter. In just the first few pages of this book I was intrigued by who Sophia was/ is and felt truly inspired…empowered even. I walked home and thought about the book. A few days later I thought about the book. Then I kept seeing this pink book popping up in my Instagram and Pinterest feed and thought yup, I need it.
Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of a $100 million plus online fashion retailer, Nasty Gal. #Girlboss is Sophia’s personal story over the course of 8 years of going from rags to, essentially, riches. What is a #Girlboss, exactly you ask? “A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
Books, books, I love books! This past Sunday my best friend and I checked out the beautiful new Indigo Spirit. I’m so, so, sooo thrilled that Chapters…Indigo re-opened downtown. Once we stopped drooling all over the stationary section we went on to meandering around the rest of the store and bounced from section to section. All that could be heard from us was, “I’ve read this book!” or “Oh this book is pretty” or “I’ve heard good things about this book” or “I want to read this book…” We meandered around the store for quite some time, as we always have for 10+ years, and left with bags filled with happy new things.
I mentioned in my first book review my process on how I collect books. First, I search the web, look at my “to-read” list or ask friends for book recommendations. Then I search for them at the library, put them on hold and borrow them as they become available (one time I had all my hold’s come all at the same time. There were 9 books. I renewed a few.) If I end a book and I’m still thinking about the book weeks or months later, then I have truly fallen in love with the book (I also gauge this by the amount of favourite or inspirational phrases I’ve highlighted). Then I decide that I need it on my bookshelf. So I’m proud to say that all of the books on my small bookshelf are books that really Spark Joy 😉
Every year I look for new books to read. So I thought, if I’m looking for books to read and I have people in my life who also love to read, then my to-read book list will surely help at least one more person in the world! Hope this list inspires you to get your read on! (more…)
Welcome to the very first post on my new book review series! I mentioned in my last 7 on 26 that I have been wanting to start this “book club” for a long time. It was a series I thought of starting last year, but thought ah, I’ll save it for next year. So here we are, the last Friday in January. What better time to start than today! I don’t particularly like to purchase and own very many books. I prefer borrowing them from the library so that they don’t take up space in my home. Last year I started adding more books to my bookshelf – which says a lot! And if I’m buying them, that means I fully believe in them and they make me happy. Which is why I want to share books with you! My goal is to share six books (one book, every two months) here on ATB that I think are a must read/ books that I absolutely adore. You may have heard of this book and I’m here to tell you, you neeeed to read it!