One of my goals this year is to read a lot more. I’m already an avid reader, but I’m trying to read even more. Here are three books I’ve read recently:
The Woman I Wanted To Be, by Diane von Furstenberg
Let me first say that DVF is the shit. I love how honest she was in this book. She even said how she didn’t even like the design in her Spring 2013 show but that Google Glass saved it. I love how she basically just did whatever she wanted, even when it came to men. She would follow her gut and do what she really wanted.
I did not, however, like the order of the book. I thought it was a little confusing since it wasn’t really chronological. And at first I was a little put off by all of her stories. I mean I definitely thought it was interesting and it’s like a dream life — she basically traveled around Europe and the world with other socialites and partied. And then how she then married a Prince. I think I was expecting it to be more about her business, which she got into later in the book.
If you were wanting a rags to riches story, hers is not one. It doesn’t make me respect her any less, but if you were thinking it could be a relatable story of struggle it isn’t really. Worth reading? Yes, she’s still a badass.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan
I read some reviews on this book on Goodreads and some weren’t very favorable, but personally I was completely entertained with every story. For a 22-year-old writer, I thought the stories were amazing. In defense of Marina, she had no idea these stories would be published, so of course they weren’t ready for publication or perfected yet. Marina died in a car accident five days after she graduated magna cum laude from Yale. Her professors and parents collected her work to publish. Worth reading? I think so. I was captivated by each story.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown
While I liked this book, and I did get some good bits from it, I think at this point I’ve read so many business/career books that I’m much harder to impress. Here are some of my favorite bits from the book:
If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
We have lost our ability to filter what is important and what isn’t. Psychologists call this “decision fatigue” — the more choices we are forced to make, the more the quality of our decisions deteriorates.
We can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people’s agendas to control our lives.
Everything changes when we give ourselves permission to be more selective in what we choose to do. At once, we hold the key to unlock the next level of achievement in our lives.
The point of this book is a lesson I learned in 2014 — prioritizing myself and my business. I wasn’t doing that as much as I should have. I was saying yes to too many things because I either wanted to help someone out, or other reasons that weren’t benefitting me, so I had to change my approach and this book reiterated some things for me that I was already thinking.
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Have you read any good books lately?
See the rest of my books I’ve read here.