Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of May and the warmer weather. I know I am! Today, I wanted to share another activity to pass the time. Reading has always been a favourite of mine. I try to read at least an hour a day, as it gets me off my devices and I love diving into a good story. As I mentioned in the movie recommendations, I am a true story junkie. No different when it comes to books, whether that be biographies or self-help. Let’s get into my favourite non-fiction books.
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Call Me Tuesday by Leigh Byrne – This book is difficult to read at times as the pain this poor child endures is excruciating. Her traumatic story is well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. There are some very graphic moments in the book so not for the faint of heart.
Call Me Cockroach by Leigh Byrne – This book is the sequel to Call Me Tuesday. The author does explain her back story at the beginning of this book however, I do recommend you read the first one beforehand. This is the continuation and dives deeper into her life after her mother’s abuse.
If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh – A gripping story of a mother’s love. Maureen explains addiction so well and how this disease took her loving family and flipped it upside down.
A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown – This is one of those stories that sits with you long after you’ve finished it. Cupcake’s story is unbelievable at times because she overcame so much in her life. It’s an all-around wonderful story of triumph.
Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney – This book took me through many emotions as I read it. At first, I was not in love with the main character as I found her quite naive. However, as the story unfolds I think she brings awareness to an issue many people forget about.
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard – This was the first true crime book I ever read. Although true crime is inevitably a heavy and emotional read, it engulfs you in the story. This story is no exception, with an 11-year-old girl abducted from her home and held captive for 18 years. This is another story with graphic details not for the faint of heart.
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight – Similar to the previous book this is a story of a woman abducted at 21 years old and held captive for almost 11 years. Her story is completely horrifying as she was raped, beaten, starved and abused. A difficult read but an incredible story of hope and bravery.
A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams by Timothy Appleby – This story hits home for me as I lived close to where these crimes took place. A Canadian crime that shook the entire country. A top Colonel in the Canadian Air Force turns out to be a sadistic monster.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – This book makes me a little nostalgic as it was my very first self-help book. It was given to me as a gift and I am so happy I received it. This book was the start of me discovering a whole new genre that I now cannot live without. This is a book about not doubting yourself.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – I enjoyed Mark’s humourous take on changing your thinking. Caring less is a difficult concept to wrap your head around, as we are conditioned to care about everything.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – Rachel is a very energetic and motivational person. I think she could convince me to do anything. I liked the overall concepts in this book of showing up for yourself.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis – This is the sequel to the previous book ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’. I’ll be honest I liked this book better than the first one. I also, do not think that you need to read the first to understand the second one. I liked this book, its tips for goal-setting and goal-reaching were very insightful.
If you are a non-fiction lover like me, I am sure you found your next read. I love reading and have made it more of a priority in this quarantining time. I know everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the giveaway winner announcement. Check out our social media this Friday, May, 8th the winner will be announced on there. As always please stay safe and healthy and I will talk to all of you next week.