NP book club [MTL]

Raise your hand if you like reading! I’ll have to trust you’ve done this on account of this being a blog and I can’t see you as you read this. I love NP because it allows me to connect with people through my value for physical activity… but what do I connect with people about over post-workout lattes? My preferred topic is what I’m currently reading.

I love reading. Fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies… a little Young Adult fiction keeps us all youthful (don’t look at me like that, you loved Harry Potter). If you have the misfortune of running into me while I’m in the midst of a good read, hold onto your ears ‘cause I’m about to talk ‘em off! (poor Milana)

I assume that since you’re here, you’re skilled in literacy – congratulations! If you aspire to go beyond this post, I’ve decided to give you my top 10 books of 2019 (so far)!

*Disclaimer: I often listen to books via audiobook from my public library, because: Free!! Also, I commute a lot by foot around the city and I love taking in complex ideas while in motion. My final point for audiobooks is that often they are read by the writer which gives you (the reader) insight into the writer’s personality that is unique to this format.

My goal is to read/listen to 2-4 books a month… that’s a lot of content, but I’ve always been a reader. Maybe you’re just hoping to make time to crush one title this year, in which case I have a list for you… because I’m helpful like that. I even linked all these books on… because I care.

Dare to Lead – Brené Brown: Anything by Brené Brown is straight fire. Never heard of her? Hit up her new Netflix special and then buy all her books. I don’t reread books as a general rule because I’m too curious, but I reread these books because they help to be the person I aspire to be.

The Four Tendencies – Gretchen Rubin: It’s said there are two types of people, those that sort individuals into categories and those that do not. I am the former… along with this author. Understanding myself is this fun little hobby I have that makes me both self-aware and deeply neurotic… finding out I’m a “Questionner” really solidified this for me. Want the edge on habit change & performance? Know thyself.

Supernormal – Meg Jay: In this book, Jay goes through case studies encountered in her practice of “normal” people that have overcome adversity to thrive. Often, these “supernormals” are so adept at coping, they overcompensate and fail to recognize their own resiliency. If you’ve ever experienced “imposter syndrome”, lived through a trauma, or if you work with vulnerable populations, I think you’d find it as fascinating as I did.

What Alice Forgot – Lianne Moriarty: This is the only fiction on my list, because I love YA and chick lit (and sometimes this gets explicit) and I feel like that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But, this author is one of my favourite fiction writers and if you’re like me, I like my fiction either in a series or reading allllll the published work from an author I enjoy. Lianne Moriarty blends relatable issues with suspense and robust character analysis and this book gave me many feels. 

Shrill – Lindy West: Maybe the most emotionally impactful book I’ve ever read. I found myself laughing out loud and then getting my heart broken by humanity in the next chapter. West speaks to society’s fat-phobic rhetoric that police women’s bodies, making them subject to discrimination in public and professional spaces. There were moments when I felt uncomfortable reading this, which is how I knew it was important and transformative.

Atomic Habits – James Clear: I was struggling to uptake some beneficial habits, this book convinced me that modifying my approach can make all the difference. I loved the emphasis on making the habits we wish to acquire enjoyable… Martyrdom, according to the author (and my own experience) yields rather meager results. This book gave me permission to frame the pursuit of my goals based on my own pleasure.

Born a Crime – Trevor Noah: If you don’t know who Trevor Noah is by now, all I can say is you’re missing out. Maybe you’re not a bleeding-heart-liberal like me, in which case I can forgive you skipping The Daily Show (which is my preferred political news source). However, this book is really, really good. It’s funny, but it’s also honest about things we are often ignorant to in North America. I loved learning about this man’s life… it’s frankly phenomenal.

Attached – Amir Levine & Rachel Heller: This book explains how attachment theory translates into romantic relationships. I love the pragmatic and actionable approach to the information in this book. And thank you for asking, yes, I am single as a pringle. Why? Um… I’m reading and working out at 6:30 a.m. – duh.

Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport: Oh, this one was a doozy. I had a feeling my relationship with social media had turned addictive, but I didn’t quite know what to do about it. Not only does this book provide you with an actionable intervention, but it gives you the science to better understand the “attention economy” and how we might better maximize our digital engagement through minimalism.

The Moment of Lift – Melinda Gates: Melinda Gates has made it her actual job to use her considerable influence to improve society. Her conclusion that empowering women leads to healthy societies is well supported by her considerable experience and if this doesn’t make you pumped about gender equity and the future of humanity, I don’t know what will, friends.

Ok great… now I’m accepting your favourite titles/suggestions, please. And I mean, I’d be lying if I didn’t want this to morph into an NP bookclub. I’ve built a list. Want to collab? Hit. Me. Up. Otherwise, find November Project Montreal at Molson Stadium every Wednesday at 6:29 a.m. for some physical exertion & potential-new-best-friends.

This is Heather. She won the Positivity Award last week. She’s great.


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