Books to Cozy Up With: my favorite books

Books to Cozy Up With: my favorite books

Since Fall is inevitably here, I've decided to share some of my favorite books to cozy up with!

Before we go any further, I'd like to announce that 99% of these books are non fiction. I know. Growing up, I always loved fiction books, and told myself that I would never read a non fiction book by free will; (with the exception of the Bible and history books) because non fiction was for "squares". Well, if my Elementary school librarian could see me now. 

I've always been a reader, but only when I felt like it. Throughout high school, I rarely ever read for fun. Between volleyball practices, workouts and games, I felt I "didn't have time for it." However, the books that I used to (and still sometimes) enjoy were the stereotypical Nicholas Sparks novels and young adult series like "Divergent."

These days, I am actually, truly busy. However, I find myself reading much more often than I used to, and the things I read being much different. I mentioned in a previous post that as embarrassing as it is, I tend to really enjoy the stereotypical "self help" books. If it will help shape me into a better human being, I have no shame in partaking. (although I'm pretty choosy) 

As Autumn begins, the weather in most places begins to change. For us here in Hawai'i, Autumn doesn't bring the typical Fall weather that it does the rest of the U.S. The temperatures stay relatively high, and the leaves remain on the trees, green and luscious. However, here in Hilo, we do experience a lot of rain, particularly in the Autumn & Winter months. What does rain entail? Staying indoors (we can't splash around in puddles all the time), usually with some coffee and a good book. Cliches exist for a reason people! 

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 1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Ahh the only fiction book on this list! This book follows the life of a young shepherd from Andalusia on a quest to find treasure in Egypt. It documents his adventures through the Middle East, and his findings along the way to the pyramids, both about himself, and about the treasure he had been seeking.

 Seriously, read it.

2. The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing the Hard Things the Right Way by John Townsend

If you're looking to get slapped in the face with truth, this is the book for you. It speaks about how an entitled attitude can be devastating to a person, as well as the people around them. First, it helps you identify entitlement in yourself that you may not even know exists. (that's where the butt kicking comes in) Then, it walks you through how you can help and support friends and family who are stuck in entitlement. Find it here if ya want some truth bombs.

3. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Can I still count books that I haven't finished yet? Because although I'm only about 3/4 of the way through this book, it has quickly become one of my favorites, and I know for a fact that i am not going to feel any different after reading the remaining 50 or so pages. Who makes the rules anyway? In this book, Shauna talks about living a busy life, and how it can sometimes feel lonely and although jam- packed, empty at the same time. How to cultivate your relationships and managing your busy schedule without being frantic. Being present in any moment without feeling anxious, thinking about the next thing on your to do list. (P.S. this book may also kick your butt, but in the best way possible) Grab it here!

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4. Soul Food by Havilah Cunnington 

Nope, haven't finished this one either. This book is a 30 day devotional that takes the reader through different meals from the Bible, what spiritual hunger they represent, and how to this day, we still hunger for these spiritual things. Havilah is an author and speaker from Bethel Church. Each day, you read about a different biblical food and how It correlates with spiritual (soul) food. You can get it on Amazon (Seriously what can't you get on Amazon) here!

5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This is more of an entrepreneurial advice book, but it can definitely be applied to anyone trying to be successful in anything . It's full of sass and written in a hilarious spunky fashion, and doesn't even feel like a business book. Sophia writes about how there is no  one pathway to success, and that it is more than possible to create your own. Even though it's called #Girlboss, I think anyone would enjoy it! 

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What are some of your favorite books? I'm always looking for new reads!