What I'm Reading & Why I Chose An Anti Self-Help Book

Hello lovely,

I’m so guilty of ignoring reading. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading, but my life is drastically different now from the days when I was able to finish thick books in three days or less. I used to read long after my parents sent me to bed, and often travelled with a book everywhere I went in case it was boring. Now worry that I have so much going on that I just don’t make the time. And even when I do have the time, I find myself thinking about other things and unable to concentrate. But when I saw this book in my best friend’s house on Christmas, I just had to have it! After she lent it to me, I couldn’t wait to dive in, but of course I made excuses. It wasn’t until j forced myself to sit down and read it, did I realise why this was the book I NEEDED in my life. The book is called F*ck Feelings by Dr. Michael and Sarah Bennett.

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I genuinely only read books that contain profanity because it feels real. I’m not perfect, so I don’t need a book that pretends to be perfect. And that’s why I chose an “anti-self help” book. I know I don’t have my life together, but I just can’t relate to the yoga moms, who drink smoothies instead of eating real food and take a bunch of styled photos for Instagram. The book offered answers to common issues we face in adulthood. Even the description tells you:

Need to stop screwing up? Want to become a more positive person?
Do you work with an ass? Think you can rescue an addicted person?
Looking for closure after abuse? Have you realized that your parent is an asshole?
Feel compelled to clear your name? Hope to salvage a lost love?
Want to get a lover to commit? Plagued by a bully?
Afraid of ruining your kid? Ready to vent your anger?

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What are you reading now? If anyone picks up the F*ck Feelings book, I’d love to chat with you about it!

Tuesday Ten: Get Your Summer Reading List Ready!

Spring signals so many things: The start of new relationships, as well as the end of many, especially due to graduation ceremonies. Once all of the cramming is over and done with, some of us find ourselves lacking, and good book perfectly fills that void. With travel plans and beach weather on the horizon, now is the best time to pick out your summer reading list and to get a head start (it’s okay to cheat sometimes. It was really hard trying to find only ten books, but I think I did it (Yay me!). All of the books I listed below, I've either rated at least 4 stars on ‘Goodreads’ or have received a lot of good reviews from others. I've read books that ranged from sunshine-and-daffodils, to the skies-opening-up-and-blood-raining-down, and OMG – have-to-read-that-again. But no matter the content, I'm always entranced.  The books I listed contain at least some sort of romance, action, adventure, paranormal, adult content and language, humour, and just good stuff amongst them. The last two books I included aren't a romance book, nor is it fiction, but I felt it best to throw in two last good reads. I hope that you guys can choose at least one of these books and fall into another reality and live there happily between the pages as I did (plus did I mention some of the characters are hilarious and just hot).

-Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am a happy victim of books. Are you?

1.      Birdie – Carr, M.C.

What's on your book list to read this year? Did any of my picks make your cut? Let me know in the comment section below!

XoX,

Amanda

Olivia's Love Letters: We Need a Resolution!

Huzzah! We have just completed the first full week of 2016, everyone! Give yourself a pat on the back! You made it! We're wrapping up resolution week on the blog and I hope you guys got some inspiration for what your New Years resolutions will or even completed some aspect of it! My blog journal is full of fresh new ideas for the year for lifebyolivia.net and I can't wait to share them all with you! I'm more motivated than ever to make this the best year yet. If your New Year’s resolutions include stepping up your fitness routine, maintaining a balanced diet, reading more, trying new recipes or hair routines, eating out more, or revamping your wardrobe, you might want to keep reading…

This month on the blog you can expect to hear all about health and wellness. From workouts that you can do on your lunch break to learning the best toning moves for your whole body, I can already tell that this year is going to be a healthy one. A new year calls for a new wardrobe, right? I have a fresh batch of January style tips to share with you as well as a dedication to sewing more! 

Trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss out on all of this goodness…

What would you like to see more of on the blog this year? 

Share your thoughts in the comments!

XoX,

Olivia


After You: Book Club Begins Monday January 18!

After You Book Club for January

Hosted by Life By Olivia

Click on photo to download your free copy of this novel!

Click on photo to download your free copy of this novel!

Last night I finished reading the prequel to this book, Me Before You and I was in tears! I picked it up because it was on a list of books to read before you die. It is so well written and really made me feel connected with each of the characters. If you would like to read the first book before we start the second, download your free copy here and STOP READING THIS POST because I'm about to share the synopsis from Goodreads and it contains MAJOR SPOILERS!


How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.
 

If you would like to join in, you’re welcome to do so!  It will be great to share our ideas and reactions every week. On Sunday's we'll gather on my Facebook page to discuss the assigned readings and our predictions for what we think will happen the following week. If reading more was on your list of resolutions, now is the perfect time to start! Here’s the schedule of what we’re reading and when, but if you can’t stick to that, no problem, you can always catch up later or move on if we're going too slow. It's a short book so we should be able to finish in four weeks or less.

Week 1: Chapters 1 - 7

Week 2: Chapters 8 - 15

Week 3: Chapters 16 - 22

Week 4: Chapters 23- 30

Very excited to start reading soon!  Are you joining us?

Thanks for reading,

Olivia