I’m back today with two more books. I feel like I just posted about two books to read, so I hope you’re not sick of my recommendations. These two books are AMAZING. I hope you get the chance to read them as soon as possible because they’re that good.
I downloaded 10% Happier on a whim. (I use the Hoopla app to download audiobooks from my library.) I had no idea what the book was about when I picked it. It just looked interesting and showed up in the “top downloaded” section. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it’s essentially about how Dan Harris (the journalist) discovered the power of meditation.
At the beginning of the summer, I talked about my 100-day meditation streak, and I’m still going strong. (Today is Day #159.) The book is structured more like a memoir than a self-help book, so it’s an interesting, and easy, read. I walked away with new tips and an even deeper appreciation for meditation. I actually want to go on a meditation retreat now!
Presence has been sitting on my nightstand since Christmas, and I’m pretty annoyed with myself that it took me this long to read it. One of my dad’s golf friends (who happens to be my high school friend’s dad too) recommended that I read this while we had lunch together over the holidays. He actually didn’t recommend it so much as he raved about it. He told us that he bought a huge stack of books and handed them out to everyone in his office for Christmas gifts.
My mom and I read this at the same time and kept sending each other notes. We both loved this book. You’re probably familiar with Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk in which she talked about “power poses,” specifically the Super Woman pose.
The book does a deep dive on power posing. It’s a good mix of scientific research and anecdotal evidence. The balance between the two makes the book an easy read– you walk away knowing a lot more information, but the personal stories keep the pace moving along.
I can see why my friend’s dad recommended this book to everyone. I’ve been doing the same. I think it should be required reading for every high schooler, every college student, every young professional, every parent, and everyone else who has ever suffered from even an ounce of self-doubt. Seriously: READ IT!
Any good books on your nightstand right now?