August Book Reviews

As we have established in earlier posts, I am a huge reader and I know many of you are too. I love getting suggestions and reading reviews of books, so I’d like to share with you some amazing books I’ve read recently. Honestly, this has been a great summer of reading and I had a hard time narrowing it down to just three, but I really hope you check these out because they are absolutely worth your time. The photos link to author sites so please check them out. And feel free to comment and give me some reading suggestions! If you’re interested in connecting with me on Goodreads please follow this link.


The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom and The Four Agreements Companion Book

by Miguel Ruiz

65967701349I hate to call these  self-help books because they lean more to  Philosophy or books of wisdom. The book however, and it’s companion, provide an easy to understand path toward a peace-filled life and freedom to think for ourselves and find real happiness. The Four Agreements are : Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best. Sounds easy right? Yet we struggle with these ideas everyday without even realizing it. The readings are thought-provoking and the tools and exercises Ruiz provides really open your eyes to why you currently think and act the way you do and how to put each Agreement into practice. I learned so much from this book about the agreements I held on to and needed to replace.

The Imperfect Environmentalist: A Practical Guide to Clearing Your Body, Detoxing Your Home, and Saving the Earth (Without Losing Your Mind)

Sara Gilbert

13642958This book is essential for any hard-core environmentalist as well as folks who want to simply live cleaner but just don’t know where to start. Sara Gilbert perfectly breaks down and organizes every facet of detoxing your life and helping the planet. She gives you a starting point from where ever your financial or personal situation is right now and stresses that while we may not be able to live a picture perfect toxin free, zero footprint life, we CAN make an impact with whatever  steps we are able to take. This is the easiest to understand, perfectly organized and broken down book I have ever read on being a green living, toxic free, environmentalist. I recommend this whether you are new to the green scene or have been an Earth Warrior for years.

The House at the End of Hope Street

Menna van Praag

15811526The House at the end of Hope Street is a whimsical, fantastic read about a woman, Alba, who has hit rock bottom professionally, in love and with life in general. She comes across a house she has never noticed before, a house that only appears to women who need it. She is invited in by the keeper of the house, Peggy, and is offered 99 days to stay in the house and get her life together. Once inside Alba discovers that she is in good company as this house has been a refuge to extraordinary women throughout history such as Sylvia Plath and Beatrix Potter. The house is not merely walls and floors, it’s a living thing that “doesn’t give you what you want, but gives you what you need.” Together with the ghosts of fiercely strong women  and the other house guests Alba embarks on a path of healing and self discovery that will strengthen and transform her. This book, much like the house, came to me at a time when I sorely needed it. Steeped in strong feminist values, literary references, and a healthy dose of magic meets reality, it’s a fun read that leaves you in a much better place than when you started.



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