I think reading is one of the most important ways to grow as a person. Whether it is reading about our impacts on the environment, about Zero Waste or minimalism, or simply reading about a person’s life or lifestyle that is different from your own – reading can be a way to experience something you would otherwise miss out on. Here are 3 books I’ve read this month.
In the country we love – Diane Guerrero
This book is a story of a life I could never possibly experience. The life of an immigrant child, left alone when her parents were deported when she was 14, only to fight all of that adversity to become a well-known actress. I knew some of this story before I read this book, and I was still captivated by the true heart that Diane has displayed throughout her life. I would highly recommend this book if you want to understand how immigration policy affects people on an individual scale. This is one of the best books I have read this year.
The Joy of Missing out – Svend Brinkmann
I want to say “the joy of reading this book” but I just couldn’t get into it. I loved all of the concepts that were mentioned, I loved the idea of the book, but for me, the writing was just a little too philosophical. It felt a little run on, and I couldn’t really follow it all the way through. Maybe I was a little tired when I was reading it, or maybe it is a little beyond me – either way, I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are looking for a light read.
AKA The Battle Within – Jason Akermanis & Gary Smart
This book was a surprise for me. I always watched Jason play football when I was a kid, but I always thought he was kind of obnoxious. I read this book because I came across it in the library and I decided to give it a go. What I thought about Jason was not only completely judgemental but after reading this book, I realized I was completely wrong. The story of this man, beyond his football career, is truly inspiring. I don’t know if I would recommend this one if you aren’t interested in Australian Rules Football, but if you are, I’d highly recommend.
This month of reading was somewhat out of my comfort zone, but when recovering from dental surgery, I branched out, and I am sure glad I did. I would love to hear about what you are reading in the comments below – or if you have any recommendations, I am always looking for a good book.