Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty – Mindfulness, purpose and connection, without the woo-woo. My favourite reflections from this one were around the power of intention - it’s not your actions and choices that are good or bad, it’s what motivates those actions and choices.
Standout quote:“I wish” is code for “I don’t want to do anything differently.”
Standout quote: “Being a giver is not good for a 100-yard dash, but it’s valuable in a marathon.”
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown – My most-gifted-to-clients book. Do more of the things that make you awesome and a whole lot less of everything else. I love this one because it’s not just platitudes, it’s full of useful steps to actually cut out some of the stuff that’s causing you grief.
Standout quote: “When people make their problem our problem, we aren’t helping them; we’re enabling them.”
Standout quote:“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart - The 2020 Booker Prize winner. A gripping novel exploring how class, addiction and childhood experiences shape lives and society. I read this in a single day, because I couldn’t put it down!
Standout quote: “Sadness made for a better houseguest; at least it was quiet, reliable, consistent.”
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - A beautiful read that tells the tale of a mother and her son fleeing certain pain for an uncertain future. Thought-provoking, exceptionally well-researched and a beautiful insight into what sits behind impossibly difficult decisions.
Standout quote: “Despite everything, he likes being alive. Lydia doesn’t know whether that’s true for herself. For mothers, the question is immaterial anyway. Her survival is a matter of instinct rather than desire.”