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I know I have said this before, but can you believe it’s July already?! We are six months into 2016, my friends. SIX MONTHS! The year is halfway over. Done. Finished. Completed.
And if you’re anything like me, you’re palms are starting to sweat, your heart is beginning to race and you are mentally creating your to-do list of all the things you said you were going to do this year that you have yet to start.
On the positive side, you still have six whole months to reach your 2016 goals. From exercising habits to an endless array of DIY projects, my 2016 to-do list is packed. And seems to only be growing.
With that said, there is one resolution that I have managed to keep this year and that is to read more. It’s such a great way for me to unwind. I challenge you to tell me what is more relaxing than kicking back with a good book? Nothing, that’s what. 🙂
Today I want to share the next installment of the North Country Nest Book Club – now we’re finally all caught up! Here’s what’s on the list for May and June – and I’d love for you to share your latest and greatest reads. I’m always looking for a new book to add to my ‘must read’ pile.
May Book Club
Crush it by Gary Vaynerchuck. This book was written back in 2009 but is still relevant today. Gary talks about how he turned his father’s liquor store into a multi-million dollar business with the use of the social media. He also stresses that you need to passionate about your career and to find something to do that gets you excited. It’s a great business book that touches on the basics of social media, how to leverage it in business and how to turn your passion into a career. He is a very lively writer but doesn’t give you any B.S. which is refreshing!
When You Were Mine by Elizabeth Noble. This book was…okay. Full disclosure: I got a little bored at the end and skipped through to the last chapter. I was a little frustrated with the main character – she was in a bad and unhappy relationship and was being complacent. It wasn’t a bad book, just not a page-turner, if that makes sense? Overall, it was a quick read and something I would recommend if you need a book that doesn’t involve a lot of thought and is an easy one to skim through.
June Book Club
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Do you ever have a million-and-one things on your to-do list and can never seem to catch up with life? Then this book so for you! AUTHOR talks about two different types of people – the non-essentialists and the essentialists. His research shows that people can be more productive and happier if they focus on what’s essential to them and do those specific things really well, instead of doing a million things half-assed. He digs into how we find what is essential to us and how to say no to those things that are non-essential. I loved this and would definitely recommend you pick up a copy if you’re in the least bit struggling with finding a good life balance.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Hendricks talks about moving from the level of X to your highest potential level which is X. He delves into what he calls the ‘Upper Limit Problem’ which is what we develop when we are holding ourselves back from excellence. For example, let’s say you had an absolutely amazing day with your significant other and then you come home and pick a fight with them over something insignificant. That is you experiencing your Upper Limit Problem – you’re unconsciously holding yourself back from experience a completely happy and content life with your significant other. This book makes you think and has great actionable takeaways to apply to your own life. Plus, it’s easy to understand and a fairly quick read.
City Girl, Country Vet by Cathy Woodman. This is another ‘fluff’ book that is perfect for the beach or laying out by the pool. The main character temporarily takes over a friend’s vet practice in a small town in England. It follows her through the various mishaps that happen and of course there is a love interest – the son of their rival vet clinic. Like the book in May, it doesn’t involve too much though and is a nice ‘light’ read.
If you’ve had a chance to read any of these, we’d love to hear your thoughts and comments!
That’s it for today – we’re off to go tackle another item on that to-do list.
All our best,