Saturday, May 30, 2015

Best of the Bunch: May 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in May.

This was a super-light reading month for me. Of the 6 books I read this month, none earned a 5-star review from me, so the one book that earned 4.5 stars was my best of the bunch:

Self-help type books aren't everyone's thing, but I like the good ones. This book is divided more or less in two parts, with the first part aimed at helping you identify your life's passion/destiny/etc. and the mental obstacles holding you back from reaching it, and the second part taking you through the stages of the predictable "change cycle" that will be triggered by your moving toward your life goal (which is also triggered by any major life change, positive or negative, expected or unexpected). What I appreciated about this book was that it was 1) grounded in a multitude of real-life examples from Beck's clients and 2) she provides specific exercises to walk you through every single step of her process for "finding your own North Star." I could have done without the constant stream of bad jokes, and I wish she'd updated it in the last decade to account for the effects of new technology (the Internet barely gets a mention), but it's still a solid starting point for building a joyful, purposeful life.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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  1. I just finished The Martian by Andy Weir: astronaut stranded on Mars solving problems with real science and a sense of humor. It was GREAT.

  2. I've heard great things about that book! It's on the to-read list for my book club.