We’ve been spending a lot of time with WSOC reporter Brittney Johnson lately, because she’s been covering the 64U Books for Kids book drive and helping to share the story of our Library’s impact in the community. Naturally, we asked her what she likes to read:
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
I keep this wonderful little book close and pick it up often. I’m constantly inspired by it’s timeless advice about dreaming big and doing your absolute best at all times.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed
I love thinking of ways to navigate this crazy journey called life and was blown away by the author’s bravery and the lessons she learned on a solo hiking trip. I love a good challenge and was captivated following along as Strayed faced emotional and physical obstacles as a young woman hiking alone in the wilderness.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book forced me to examine the fears that stop so many of us from jumping in and acting on the big and little ideas that pop into our heads. Those bursts of creativity, writing prompts, projects, business and book ideas are often signs we’ve been inspired and we should take steps to bring them life.
Your Brain at Work: Strategies For Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, And Working Smarter All Day Long, by David Rock
I’m often juggling two phones, multiple story ideas and working to meet several deadlines. It can be easy to feel you need to multi-task, but this book encouraged me to think of ways to cut distraction so I can focus and get more done with less stress.
Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Ruben
I love motivational self-help books (as you can probably discern from this list) and found Ruben’s insights on how our personality types influence the way we break and develop new habits incredibly helpful. I feel much better equipped to tackle new challenges and hold myself accountable after reading this book. I also follow Ruben’s podcast for regular suggestions for finding happiness.