I read a lot of different books in a lot of different genres but I'll likely stick with self-help and books that may help us lead deeper, fuller and healthier lives.
If you have any suggestions of books you'd like to see reviewed or books you think I might be interested in please leave me comment.
My first book is The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown, Ph.d., L.M.S.W.
I was introduced to Brene Brown a few years ago when one of her TED talks went viral. I was immediately drawn to her work and bought this book. I read it then and honestly I didn’t get very much out of it. It was recommended to me by one of my fellow coaching students again a few weeks before Christmas and I thought I’d give it another go.
I really like the way the author writes; it’s clear and concise, but I find it lacking in one way. I feel as though while she writes personally about herself the book would benefit from a few more personal stories of the people she interviewed.
On the whole I liked it and I’d recommend it to someone who’s new to Brene’s work. If you’re interested but not enough to read the book then I’d suggest watching her Ted talks; she’s a warm and engaging speaker and her talks will leave you feeling good about being yourself.
Here’s my favourite quote from the book:
“Caution: If you trade in your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment and inexplicable grief.”
I’m giving this book 3.5 stars out of 5 (and her talks 5 out of 5).
I'd also love to hear your opinions on the books I've reviewed (if you've read them and you have something positive to add to the conversation). You don't have to agree with me, but you do have to be nice. J