Atomic Habits by: James Clear

Another Wednesday…another book review!

I am always looking for book recommendations so when a youtuber that I follow was reading it and suggested Atomic Habits I immediately when to put a hold on it at my digital library.

As I was reading this book I would have to periodically jot down some notes to keep things straight in my head. I am glad I did so I could also write this review and explain some of the methods that Clear suggests to form habits.

Atomic habits is a book about creating habits and keeping them. There is a lot in this book so I will try to keep this to a minimum because there is no way that I could really explain everything so I will try to just highlight the bits that really stood out to me.

Some of the things Clear talks about is increasing your improvement by 1% a day. So not going and running a full 5k when you haven’t gone for a run in years. Start slow with maybe a 1k walk and work your way up to that goal of 5k as an example.

Another topic that stood out to me was not having a goal first mentality to form a habit. An example of this would be thinking that you will be happy once you lose 20lb. Once that milestone is reached, most people revert back to old habits and end up back in the same place that they were before. This is because there is nothing motivating you to keep up with that habit.

The last thing that I will mention of the methods to build habits is the word association that goes along when creating habits. The example that Clear gave in the book was when someone is quitting smoking but is offered a smoke. In this situation a lot of people would just state that they are trying to quit. Instead say “I don’t smoke”. I can’t exactly remember how Clear explained it but I will explain how it makes sense in my head. With the second statement you are affirming that you no longer smoke and everytime that you affirm that you believe it more. Eventually you get to the point that smoking is not even in question. In the first statement it isn’t affirmed that you no longer smoke and therefore leaves a window to fall back into the habit.

I am a firm believer that wording is very powerful so this last method really stood out to me.

Like I said there was a few methods throughout this book and they are all categorized into 4 laws. Clear goes into much more details and ties them all together very nicely.

I found this book really helpful and I do plan on implementing some of these methods to create habits. I might even buy this book to go back to for reminders.

Overall I enjoyed this book because it will help me better myself. I highly recommend it if you are wanting to change some habits or are looking to make new ones.

5 pink stars

I am giving this book a 5 star review. I think this book can be beneficial to many. I know it has helped me.

Look toward the future expect to see fall posts! I am going full basic bitch for the fall.

Until next time

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY: CELESTE NG

Here we are again! Another book review. I would like to pat myself on the back because I have been doing so good at reading all the books. Although I have also gotten super overwhelmed because I put a butt tonne of holds on books and they are all coming up to be read! Eeeek! Thankfully, I am able to delay them a bit. whew!

A bit about the author first! Celeste was actually raised in the city that is featured in the novel, Shaker Heights. This book is her second novel. Little Fires Everywhere was made into a TV show on Hulu in 2020.

I have not seen the TV show so I really didn’t know what this book was about. From stuff I had heard I thought this book was about something totally different so maybe I was thinking of another book? Anywho on to the review.

a photo of the cover of Little Fires Everywhere on a cell phone

Little fires everywhere is a book about two very different families whose lives get entangled because of their children. As soon as a museum picture is found of one of the mothers, the other is off on a journey to dig up her past and find out who she really is.

I really did enjoy this book, it has been a while since I have read anything that is more fiction and lighthearted. Don’t get me wrong there is some talk of abortion and some other stuff that might be a bit hard for some but such topics are not hard for me.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy in the book was when it the the sort of mystery was figured out, I did not get that oh damnnnnnn feeling. It was not powerful enough for me, I wanted a bigger mystery. The ending was also a bit underwhelming also. I won’t spoil it for anyone! Don’t worry.

I found that the book was very well written though and was smooth enough to keep me captivated the entire book. I just wanted more. It was still a great book and recommend it for anyone so it gets four stars!

Welp that is it for now look out for more book reviews cause I got those stacking up again. I am trying to incorporate other blog posts in between them though so look out for those also!

Until next time!

I’M STILL HERE BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS BY: AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN

Another book down! And now I am starting to get the books that everyone was reading when the Black Lives Matter movement was at its peak (btws there are still things going on and there is still the fight against racism check out my blog post about it)

On my list of many books by black author I am glad I got to read this one first. It was a short book, but was so concise.

So a little bit about Austin Channing Brown, She is a writer, media producer, and speaker. Her career is amazing and really just leaves me inspired. If you have the time look her up, I think she is an amazing person and I am so glad that she does the work that she does.

OK so onto the book. This book is Austin’s encounters with racism at different stages of her life. You start out in her childhood and how she grapples with living in a predominantly white neighborhood. Eventually you make it up to adulthood and how Austin embraces her blackness and is out in the world fighting racism.

Even though this book was short, it was good. Austin brought many things that I did not consider to light. One of the things I just need to quote.

I am not impressed that slavery was abolished or that Jim Crow ended. I feel no need to pat America on the back for these “achievements”. This is how it always should have been. Many call it progress, but I do not think it is praiseworthy that only within the last generation did America reach the baseline for human decency.

I can’t tell you what page that was on because it was not on the screen capture, but really that quote just really drove home this issue. Racism should not even be a thing, but it is and we should not be congratulating people on treating others with kindness. That should be the standard.

Another thing that I never really thought of was basically airing your past racist tendencies to Black people. Basically looking for forgiveness or that it is “ok”. They don’t want to hear you confessions, show them you are better by doing better now. What is in the past is in the past.

Overall this was a great book. It is short and shows a whole lifetime of dealing with racism. Austin brough many great points and I think this would be a great book to read for anyone. Definitely a 5 star book.

So yea def a good read and cannot wait to read more and learn more! Let me know in the comments what books you have been reading and what you have learnt from them!

Next week I will be writing about my closet and how it has changed so keep your eyes peeled for that!

until next time!

In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott

It has been a hot minute since I have read a book, but I have finally finished one again and here is the book review!

The latest book I read was In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott. In my personal goal of reading more books that are by diverse authors, I was pointed to this book by a friend and I am so glad that I got to read it.

A little bit about the author, Helen is Nehiyaw and Dene-Zaa woman. This book follows her journey of dealing with addictions and trauma to finding her roots in the Indigenous communities that she came from.

This book is divided into three parts, each dealing with a different part of her life. The first part is her addiction and all the trauma she had gone through. Honestly, when I was reading this part it was hard to read and was heartbreaking. She explains how she is feeling while she was high and drunk and her thought process. She eludes to her past rapes but does not get into them so much in this section ( later on she tells a bit more about them).

I think this book was such a good demonstration of the intergenerational trauma and hardships that indigenous people face all the time. Helen at one point even mentioned how going to a peyote ceremony goes against everything that she grew up believing. I think this is because her mother was Catholic and was told that Indigenous traditions were bad (way to go colonialism). I am guessing this is from one of the many horrendous things Canada did to the indigenous peoples.

This book really deep dives into a first hand account of a person dealing with trauma and addiction. This is a good chunk of the book so be prepared.

Spoiler alert
Helen eventually gets help by connecting with her roots and working through the traumatic events of her life. It really brings me joy when I read a book and an Indigenous person reconnects with their culture that was ripped away from them.

In the few books that I have read, all which have dealt with an Indigenous woman reconnecting with their culture, They have all had such a spiritual connection and it is amazing.

Overall I really liked this book. It helped me see the world through someone else’s eyes. I give this book a 5 star review. It was really well written and the story really flowed well together.

I have a bit of time off for the past while and is why I haven’t been as active on here. I hope to get to a more regular schedule and put out more stuff. If you are missing seeing what I post here, definitely check out my instagram!

Until next time!

BAD BLOOD BY: JOHN CARREYROU

Finally, my last book from the back log of books that I read over the past month!

I read this book firstly based on its title. It just intrigued me. Once I figured it out that it was about a silicon valley start-up, I immediately knew which company it was about only because my friend had made a reference to Elizabeth Holmes last year and I had to google her.

So if you haven’t figured it out this book is all about Theranos. How it started all the way up to how it ended. It did not end well and there is still legal stuff going on with this company just a FYI.

This book is written by the NYT journalist who started the story about how terrible Theranos was. This book is very interesting because it goes through different accounts of ex-employees and their stories of what happened behind closed doors.

While I was reading this book I truly was like how in the fuck as they able to do this?? I literally could not wait till I got to the end of the book and found out what ended it for the company.

When I say this book is good, I mean it. It gives you that feeling like “Ha! you deserve everything that is coming to you…assholes.” So you know a very satisfying read.

As a testament of this book, I saw that it was going to be returned to the library soon ( ebook probs) so I was like “I have to finish this book!” And I did, in one day. I took a whole Sunday and just read the book until it was finished. I would say that is a hard task if the book doesn’t peak your interest, at least for me it is. So the book peaked my interest, which can be hard.

I would not call it a “thrilling” book but you do want to make it to the end to see what happened. Like did the authorities catch them or did someone rat them out?

Overall it is a great book, I quite enjoyed it.

Five star rating!

For now I have fallen off reading. I am trying to read more about racism and everything to do with it, but apparently so is everyone else ( There is quite the waitlist at the library for a lot of books by black authors on racism). So I don’t know when I will have another review to write, but I will 100% have blog posts for my more regular content!

THE YEAR OF LESS BY: CAIT FLANDERS

Slowly, very slowly, I am working my way through the backlog of books to review. So let get to it and tell you about my second book The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. This book is exactly as its name implies, Cait challenges themself to getting rid of a good chunk of their possessions and have a shopping ban for 1 year.

For some people this might seem like an impossible challenge, but the way that Cait laid it out was very smart. I won’t spoil how they go about it but I think it was a good way.

I will say this book is very much about getting rid of stuff you no longer use but also Cait talks about life and how it was a similar challenge to quitting drinking and eating meat. Throughout the book they keep challenging themselves to new things and honestly it is amazing.

It was truly a walk through the year challenge that they where doing and how it helped them find what they truly wanted. Cait discovered things that truly brought joy into their life and saw things for what they were.

This book is kinda like a story/year memoir if that makes any sense. I have read a similar book, like almost the exact kind of story. Had to reduce their stuff for a year and also enjoyed it so I kinda knew what I was up for.

I enjoy reading things that are similar in my life. So this book appealed to me because of my more minimalist lifestyle. So naturally I felt inclined to read this and see how their year went and what they did. It was just a nice easy read (compared to the last book). I really didn’t have to think to hard and the concept didn’t seem impossible to me. I live a similar lifestyle so all in all it was good.

So I will say this book is a 4 star rating for me. It was good, easy read but it wasn’t a super exciting book. It is a different type of lifestyle that might intrigue others so I would definitely recommend this book.

I have 1 more book review to write up and then hopefully i will be back to a normal schedule? I have been focusing more of the current world climate so expect book review about being a better ally and anti-racism. There will also be blog posts about such things thrown in with some other stuff.

Untill next time!

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TILLY BY MONIQUE GRAY SMITH

I got this book from the library because it was marked as an indigenous author. I want to try and read more indigenous authors to learn their stories.

Honestly I havent had much luck when I go to the library and wonder around to find books. The past few times I have done that I walk out with a few books to try to read and I can’t even make it past the first few pages.

So this time when I went to the library I grabbed a few books, one of them being Tilly. It is a shorter book (~200 pages) so I figured I could push myself to finish it even if I could not get into it. Well I was able to get into the book! I am so proud of myself.

Tilly follows the life of Tilly, a young Cree, Lakota, and Scottish girl. The story moves through her life in Canada and ultimately takes you on a journey.

Like I said this is a short book, so you don’t get super in depth with Tilly but you get enough of a glimpse to grow attached to some of the people.

I learnt a lot in this book, not just about another person’s life but about different aboriginal cultures and aspects that I didn’t know about.

I didn’t think that I was going to love this book in the beginning but I ended up loving it and really becoming attached to Tilly.

I highly recommend this book if you just want a quick read that doesn’t make you think to hard. It took me on an emotional journey and I loved it.