September Good Reads

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As you may have noticed, I’m a huuuuuge (with 5 u’s) bookworm. The only thing I have going on more than headphones on my head is a book in my hand (mostly because I can fall asleep more comfortably with a book than my huge ‘phones… but that’s beside the point!)

I’m often reading 1 or 2 books at a time, and I get through them quickly.  I share my newest and greatest book finds with fellow dorky friends who I know love and appreciate literature. I also share my woe’s and restraints when it comes to my immense book buying problem…

Does anyone else share this?

You’re in the bookstore, and you pick up one. Then two. Then three books.

Soon enough you’re practicing your balancing skills.

You even sit down to read one or two of them, hoping you’ll find something icky and be able to put one back!

Sooner or later you’re doing the dance.

You know the one!

Where you tentatively put Most Expensive Book #1 back on the shelf…

then swap it for Most Expensive Book #2…

You vow to yourself to “get to the library” soon and make sure they have it, and you text a friend asking if it’s worth it to blow your last paycheck on another Steinbeck?

Anyone? Anyone?

… Okay maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, I got through a tremendous amount of books this month! My Book Reading Ability gets heightened when I travel cause I’m alone so much, and my trip to NY in August has me piqued!

So, Happy October!!

Here are some of my recommendations for books that I read, or re-read some underlined parts of in September. I’ve tried to cover a few different genres so as to give the best recommendations!


The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
By Malcolm Gladwell


The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. This lively narrative is mostly an amalgamation of social psych studies on fads, all connected to their “tipping point”. While I’ve previously read a lot of the studies, the connections that the author brings together were still fascinating to me.  All of the examples Gladwell writes about have one culmination: how unpredictable people can be when they find themselves in the throes of doing what everyone else is doing at the same time.

Autobiography of a Yogi

by Paramahansa Yogananda


Whenever I am out and about reading Autobiography, I never fail to get stopped by someone who wants to tell me how much this book changed their life.  Not once.

It’s my #1 Book recommendation to everyone always all the time every day any moment regardless of what you’re doing in life. Seriously.

Not only has this book brought exceptional clarity and love into my life, it set me on a unique path to self discovery. For a book averaging a miracle every 1 page, I come back to it again and again.

This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America.

In her memoir of her father, Margaret Salinger notes that had it not been for Autobiography of a Yogi, she would never have been born. Her father, J.D. Salinger, had already begun his reclusive lifestyle. He wanted to divorce himself from the duties of domesticity and family life in order to achieve a higher spiritual consciousness. However, Paramhansa Yogananda ‘s book revealed to him that -in his understanding salvation can also come to those who live a family life yet still practice his science of Kriya Yoga.

I am lucky enough to visit the Self-Realization Fellowship Center in Los Angeles from time to time to get my global meditation on, and I could not be happier about this man’s existence.

If you’re looking for your introduction to spiritual narrative, you’ve
found it.

Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Life in Letters

by Stanley Asimov


I have an entire shelf dedicate to my Asimov Collection. I will buy an Asimov book practically any time I see it, unless I already own 2 copies of it (yes. I said 2.)

Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific authors of our time. When he died in 1992 at the age of seventy-two, he had published more than 470 books in nearly every category of fiction and nonfiction. Asimov was a prodigious correspondent as well as a prolific author. During his
professional career he received more than one hundred thousand letters, over ninety thousand of which he answered.

For Asimov’s younger brother, veteran newspaperman Stanley Asimov, the creation of Yours, Isaac Asimov was truly a labor of love. Completed before Stanley’s death in August 1995, the book is made up of excerpts from one thousand never-before-published letters, each handpicked by Stanley for inclusion in this volume.

This book is so brilliant. It’s honestly one of the few books I’ve ever LOL’d while reading in a public place just because I couldn’t help myself!

These charming, witty, beautiful, eloquent letters are an unmatched look into Asimov’s thinking and true persona. A great way to get to know him if you haven’t read I, Robot, Bicentennial ManThe Foundation Series or any of his other classics yet!

An Awesome Book of Thanks

by Dallas Clayton 


An Awesome Book of Thanks is… Awesome. Me and Josh each got a copy in our gift bags from KidStock and I’ve read it so many times! It’s so adorable and perfect for kids and adults alike! Paired with absolutely precious illustrations, this book will give you a good kick in the rear about what to appreciate in life! Makes a wonderful gift, too! 🙂

Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty

By Summer Rayne Oakes


Summer and I did a magazine shoot together a few years ago, and since I realized who this true beauty is deep down, I’ve been fascinated by her stuff! She is arguably the World’s First Model to care about sustainable fashion, and a great author to boot!  In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown), Summer showcases hundreds of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Safia Minney and eco-friendly brands such as Levi’s, Loomstate, and Aveda that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. This is a perfect Coffee Table book – really fun to go through – lots of beautiful photos, insightful interviews, and eco-stories from some brands you’d least expect!

Thank you very much.  Happy reading!


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