It’s time for another half dozen books in the advicesisters.com’s book review roundups. This review is a little different because it focuses on self-love. Self-love is giving yourself what your body, brain, and spirit need for living a good life. The following book suggestions are all about different aspects of self-love. Let them nourish you and help make life easier, more successful, interesting, beautiful, and fun. I am including links to *Amazon for each book, just click on the photo.
Nourish Your Friendships
Better You, Better Friends by Glenda D. Shaw(Rowman & Littlefield 2021) is billed as “a whole new approach to friendship.” A lot of what the author says is common sense. However, the story about how the author found herself questioning her friends and friendships is not just interesting, but constructive. She is a talk show producer and has probably met more than a few faux friends in her career.
So many of our relationships have a toxic component to them but dealing with a friendship gone bad or fading away is another issue. If you have some of these issues in your relationships, knowing what makes a good friendship and a good friend is paramount to happiness. The book could just be your wake-up call to weed out the friends who really, aren’t and start making new healthy connections.
Nourish Radiance Inside and Out
Radical Radiance by Angela Jia Kim (St. Martins Essentials June 2022) urges you to experience: “12 weeks to discover self-love, rituals to manifest abundance, Beauty, and Joy.” That might not be a lot of time in terms of a lifetime, but it’s still 3 months out of a year. The author is a former concert pianist and founder of Savor Beauty natural skincare and spa. She draws heavily on her Korean Beauty Heritage and I love K-beauty.
Unfortunately, the book is dull and hard to get through. I didn’t like being lectured page after page. However, with all self-help books, especially those on “self-love” there are tidbits of wisdom and inspiration you can take away and use to make life easier, more successful, beautiful, and fun. That’s what I focus on in stories on this website. Everyone wants to feel good. If you are really down in the dumps and need ideas to nourish yourself, inside and out, pick this one up.
Two Clever Quotes Books
Books of quotes are like eating something sugary. It feels so good at first, but then, the delight doesn’t always stick with you. That said, I love quotes to give you that quick hit of “feel good.” The Optimism Book of Quotes: Words to Inspire, Motivate & Create a Positive Mindset by Jackie Corley (Hatherleigh Press April 2022) is a slim hardcover book organized in 6 sections plus an introduction. The quotes are from mostly famous people you will recognize. One I love is this quote from the Dalai Lama: “choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” There are so many more to inspire you, if only for a short while. But maybe, they will, for a lifetime.
Also by Jackie Corley (Hatherleigh Press January 2022) is the Book of Greatest Leadership Quotations: An Inspiring Collection on Creativity, Teamwork, and Empowerment. If you want to know about what it means to be a leader, and how to do it, take the advice and comments in this slim hardcover book. The quotes range from company CEOs to politicians, sports stars, and members of the military personnel, the concept of leadership varies yet the universality of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal is key. A lot of these quotes really feel like they belong on those tacky signs and coffee mugs around offices, but like the book above, a quick hit of inspiration can pay off in a lifetime of benefits.
Nourish Your Knowledge of Crystals
It’s not really a traditional book, however, The Deck of Crystals by Nadia Bailey Illustrated by Maya Beus (Smith Street Gifts, February 2021) is educational and inspirational. 50 beautiful cards show the history, properties, and interesting facts about each crystal. Although they’re beautiful to look at, they are used by people to guide them, cleanse the mind, remove negative energy, find peace and love, and be protective.
While this is for adults, even young children will want to look at the photos while an older person tells them all about each one. You never know, you might end up creating a future geologist! For adults, they’re a nice host/hostess gift or a perfect thing to leave on a bedside table. Let each crystal inspire you!
Embrace Your Solitude
What does it mean to be single these days? Do you embrace it, or spend your time hoping to find “the one” that makes you a couple. Champagne For One: A Celebration of Solitude by Rebekah Iliff Illustrations by Holly Maher The Collective Book Studio (February 2022) is a “Feel good” gift book for you and your friends if you have just not found the joy in singlehood. There are poems, little stories, and advice all done in a cute way to make you feel great about being solo.
This book really isn’t about how to be single, but more about the benefits of being by yourself. The book is organized by essays for one, a poem, musings about solitude, and flying solo. If you’ve gotten out of touch with being just with “you,” Champagne for One could be the reason you finally brave a bar without your partner or friends and enjoy your solitude.
Know Your Colors:
Long ago I studied color theory and the four-season color chart with Beauty for All Seasons. I still firmly believe that you can wear any color, it’s just a matter of tone and intensity.In addition, people tend to fall into one of the four seasonal color palettes (mine is Spring). A Colourful Dose of Optimism: Prescribe your own Happy Colours to Feel Good Now by Jules Standish (John Hunt Publishing 2022) brings a lot of this color theory to you in book form.
The color theory isn’t a tacky throwback. I still subscribe to the premise that color evokes emotion, and if you choose the “right” colors for you (or at least those that make you feel good) you will be happier. The author of this book just takes the four-season concept of color and color theory and puts it out there for you to discover. However, budget probably being a consideration, there isn’t a single color photo in the book besides the cover! Color theory isn’t earth-shatteringly new, but reading this could possibly help you choose the colors you’ll love in clothing, at home, and beyond.
*if you purchase a book on the Amazon links I may receive some affiliate compensation