what I read this month • february 2020

digital minimalism changed me forever

Continuing on with the essellesse monthly reads series!

I have a goal to read 3-4 books a month. I recently got a library card & it’s really rocking my world. I don’t know what took me so long to get my library card??! it’s kind of the best thing ever.

Anyways, here is what I read in February 2020

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

Cal Newport’s blog is my absolute fav blog and I devoured this book in 3 days. HIGHLY, highly recc – such an important read, especially as things get more digital. I promise you will devour this just like I did & your life, as well as your personal relationships, your relationship with social media & mental state, will change. Check out his blog while you’re at it, it’s seriously lifechanging

Do I reccomend?: Hard Yes

Principles by Ray Dalio

This book has been on my list for SO long! It was a needed reminder that the most important thing in both life & business is never compromising your principles so it’s so important to know what they are so you can honor them. It’s a longer book but a fun read, & easy to read a few parts or pages in a quick sitting which I always appreciate. These are all the principles that billionaire Ray Dalio applies to his business: Bridgewater Associates. I also liked how he broke it down in life & in business & then together! I love his instagram too {also check out @principles & @workprinciples}.

Do I reccomend?: Yes!

Think And Grow Rich: Mastermind volume by Napolean Hill

I absolutely loved this book & I actually plan on buying this to journal along to! What’s fascinating is that it was written in the 1930s. It really was wild to read him saying that “one day we will have breakfast in San Francisco & dinner in New York”, as that wasn’t a possibility at the time. Wild right?? Anyways suuuuper inspiring & awakening book for me. This helped me self actualize a lot. It’s one of those books that changed the way I think.

Do I recommend?: Yes!

Mastery by Robert Greene

I was really excited for this book. I’m going to be completely honest here but it was farrrrr too dense for me & read more like a textbook. That said, the information is soooo interesting, but the way it read wasn’t my style. It was a book I got more out of sitting for at least an hour or so with than a quick few page flip through, if that makes sense. I have to really sit down with it, you know? This podcast episode with him is an incredible listen, so I will visit more of his podcasts. If we go on some lazy vacations and I have a few hours by a pool, I’ll revisit.

Do I recommend?: Maybe. Very interesting but very dense.

And there we have it!! 

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  1. 3.6.20
    Jessica said:

    They all sound interesting dear. I’d love to check out Mastery by Robert Greene. Thanks dear!

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