Lately On My Bookshelf | Vol. 1

I love reading non-fiction books from my favorite authors, especially if they talk about self-help, self-love and productivity apps (I’ve read an entire book about Evernote few months ago), yep, I’m that crazy kind of person, but I usually spread them along the year, to not end up boring myself. Somehow, last February I ended up reading three books in this genre and, while, Big Magic disappointed me, I loved the other two.

Title: Radical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams
Author: Gala Darling
Pages: 224
Published: February 9th 2016 by Hay House, Inc.


I started following Gala Darling one year and half ago, I don’t even remember how I found her blog, but I immediately fell in love with her self-love posts, I think I stalked her for a months and I’ve read them all. She’s a very different person from me and, while I don’t share her way to talk about sex, tarots, magic, and so on, I prize her courage and strength and I live by her advice. Radical Self-Love is a book about learning your values, it’s jam packed with advice, lists (love them!) and homeworks, funny things like “write yourself a compliment on a sticky note and hide it inside your planner”. I’d highly recommend this book to all the insecure girls out there, it’s a great dose of self-esteem and it will be like listening to the advice of a friend who actually cares about you, because Gala is just amazing.

“We are all born beautiful, unusual, and wild, but it takes time to refine, to marinate, and for those facets to take on a new shape.”

“Learning how to manifest the best life ever isn’t about sitting around, being faux-positive, and living in denial. Good things come to those who work for them!”

“Dress to make yourself happy rather than attempt to chase perfection all the time. You will never get there, and there is no such thing as flawlessness.”

Title: The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
Author:  Jessica N. Turner
Pages: 272
Published: February 17th 2015 by Fleming H. Revell Company


I picked up The Fringe Hours after reading Ali Edwards’ review and many positive others. I was very curious about the author and the content of this book. Basically, Jessica will walk you through her life, sharing her moments of weakness and how she got through them little by little, it’s all about finding little pockets of time in your busy schedule to reserve yourself. It will help you understanding that you can still have passions and hobbies even with a busy life, there will always be those ten minutes of nothing that you could dedicate to yourself. The only thing that I’d like to point out is that, despite the author says that this book is for everyone, I had the feeling this was for moms, because all the examples (from Jessica’s life and from her friends’ ones) were all about children or family stuff. I don’t have my own family yet, so I couldn’t fully connect with her stories along my reading. However, I really enjoyed this book.

“Balance isn’t easy, but fighting for it is always worth it. While life is busy, it shouldn’t get to the point of being overwhelming. Make balance a priority in your life. By doing so, you are saying that your time is valuable and that you are in control.”

“Becoming a woman who embraces her fringe hours means maximizing the tasks that are helpful and eliminating waste.”

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