Since I really enjoyed writing about what I was reading last week, you should plan to see a regular "What I'm Reading Wednesday" post on this blog. I'm also linking up to the Carpool Book Club for the first time. Check it out for a lot of great summer reads.
First off, a book I read so quickly that it didn't have time to even make it on the blog: The Girl on the Train.
This book has been called the next Gone Girl, another book I tore through and loved. If Gone Girl was a 10, this is a 9. I really loved it. I finished it in less than a day. I love love love books like this, the kind that just grab you and won't let you go. The kind you can't wait to get back to. Read it!
I figured it was a good idea to follow up a 5 star book with a Pulitzer Price winner right? I have heard this book is intense, and to be honest, I'm a little nervous. Stay tuned.
And last but not least, my spiritual and inspirational read this week is Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein. There's a story behind this story that is really kind of weird and awesome.
For the past several months, as I've gotten more and more into yoga and wellness, I have seen Gabby's name pop up constantly online; she's a major force in this arena. Then, a few weeks ago, I signed up for a free webinar she was offering. As I sat and watched the video, I had the strangest feeling come over me that I knew her. I did some Googling and saw that she'd graduated from Syracuse in 2001, the same year that I graduated...hmmmm....
I texted my college friends and one of them remembered that Gabby had lived on my floor during our freshman year of college. #Day6! Suddenly, I heard her voice in the present and the past, both of them colliding in my mind.
So here's the really awesome thing about reading her book. Gabby puts it all out there. She talks about her struggles for self-acceptance and the challenges of living a life based on fear and anxiety.
Think about how many times you have interacted with someone and you've said to yourself, "I think that person has some insecurities that are manifesting as xyz." And I apply that statement to myself as well. I am sure people have interacted with me and seen my own insecurities manifesting as something else. But typically, it ends there. We never get to see the other side; we only see the face that people put on to survive in the world.
What's really cool about reading Gabby's book is that she lets us inside of her head and her heart. I get to see those insecurities and go along for the ride as she transcends them. And truth be told, many of the insecurities that Gabby was struggling with during college are things I dealt with as well.
Her message today? Choose love over fear.
This is one of several books that Gabby has written and she's doing all kinds of crazy good work that you can access on her website or YouTube so if you haven't checked her out yet, do.
I have a feeling she and I will cross paths again one day, us Day 6 girls.
That's What I'm Reading this Wednesday. How 'bout you?
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