I'm finally reading more guys!
It was one of my New Years Resolutions to try and get back into reading more. I really miss getting stuck into a good book, and being able to immerse myself into the characters and their worlds, temporarily forgetting about my own little life for a while.
So, a few weeks ago I went book shopping to try and kick-start myself back into reading. I ended up picking up these two books and I LOVE them both. They're not the kind of books I was thinking of when I set myself this resolution but hey ho, they're still books, right?
How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are
I love this book so so much. It's one of my life goals to go and live in Paris for a little while, so my excuse for reading this instead of a literary classic is that I'm classing it as life project research.
It has me giggling and smiling to myself all the way through so far. I love how even the book looks effortlessly stylish and chic, and the photography inside is also just beautiful!
I've decided to treat this book as one of my new Bibles. I'm going to start living my life like the perfect Parisian woman should;
Never asking someone at a party what they do for a living, going to great lengths for a pedicure but constantly wearing mismatched underwear, to find 'my' perfume before I'm 30, and then continue to wear it for the next 30 years, never match my handbag to my outfit, keep things simple, and to never take oneself too seriously.
There are parts of this book that also seem to describe my life perfectly. Like this. The number of times I lie in bed at the minute when my alarms gone off just thinking to myself, 'you need to get up Soph.' ..'Soph, you're going to be late.' ...'Get. Up.' And I'm having a LOT of 'off days' at work at the minute, as anyone who I've talked to recently will have heard. A few times. Sorry.
And this! Oh my goodness. Every single day!
(Sorry Mum, it's the title of the book.)
I'd have never ever ever have imagined myself to browse through the mindfulness and spiritual sections of Waterstones, but after reading a few blogs and writing my own little reflections on life recently I thought I might just have a look. And well, this book just stood out like a sore thumb.
You can probably see why.
The guy who wrote this book is an absolute genius. There's a lot of old theories in here about being happy, mindfulness and how to take on life, with a modern twist. You can guess what that is.
The F**k It therapy.
I haven't read a lot of this, but it is fast becoming one of my favourites. John C. Parkin talks A LOT of sense.
Supposed to be being good but you have that chocolate cake in the fridge? F**k it and eat it.
Meant to go to the gym tonight but can't be bothered? F**k it and go and watch netflix in bed.
Had enough of your job and want to go travel? F**k it and go and see the world.
The theory behind this is that when we say this expression, whether it be out loud or to ourselves, we're letting go of something. We're recognising that something that mattered to us, now doesn't anymore, not for a little while anyway. We stop doing something that we don't want to do, we stop taking things so seriously, you start to listen to yourself and 'you give up, let go, stop resisting and relax back into the natural flow of life itself.'
I also love love love this guys writing style. It makes me giggle oh so much. I read the first few bits of this book in a corner in Waterstones, and genuinely got some looks from people who must have been thinking I was completely nuts.
When you say these two words you instantly release some form of tension from your body, and you 'jerk' yourself into a more relaxed state. One of my favourite bits of this book so far is this; while explaining how this whole concept is a 21st century spiritual act, it clarifies that one of the benefits to just saying this is that it doesn't involve any of the following;
- Killing people
- Wearing sandals
- Wearing orange
- Singing songs to acoustic guitars
- Eating beans...
And the list kinda goes on, but he's got a point.
So, if you're looking for something just a little different to read for a little while, I would highly recommend either of these books. (If you're a guy, probably not the first one though.)
What have you guys been reading lately?