When I was flown out to Singapore in late January, I paid $150 x 2 flights in baggage fees. I thought I was within the weight limit, but it’s different based on your ticket class. I’m the person that packed more books than clothes because I know my priorities, and the $300 was well worth it. I brought with me all of the personal books on my reading list, though I am in Singapore to conduct research. There’s only so many research books and articles I can read or do the “graduate school” skim, which is why my bag was so heavy. Sadly, I had to leave the works of N.K. Jemisin behind, but that’s another story.
Below are a list of books that have touched my heart during my first month and a half in Singapore. Some are paperback and others previous and new purchases on my audible account. Yes, I revisited two of Oprah’s books, which served as resources for my piece, “I Invited Oprah,” at The Kitchen in NYC. If you find the time, I suggest adding these to your list of reads. For good measure, I’ve included titles of books that are up next for me.
- Living from a Place of Surrender, Michael Singer. I just finished this beauty and it has inspired me, particularly sections 5-8. Last year I read The Untethered Soul, which you should checkout as well.
- The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron. When I left DC in December, Jake gave me this as a going away present. It’s a workbook that I’m going through now. I feel like I read it in my 20’s, but it never hurts to revisit things.
- Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty. I’ve owned this one for a while, but every time I tried to read it I’d get distracted. Well, I finally focused and I’m glad I did.
- What I know for sure & The Path made Clear, Oprah. Both of these were saved to my audible account, and I was able to listen again during my morning walks.
*There’s two more but I’m going to hold those close to my chest.
Up on deck
- The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living – Eknath Easwaran
- Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life without Limits – Emmanuel Acho ( I hope this one is refreshing because I’ve pretty much always made illogical decisions to the people in my life, but they’ve brought forth life-changing experiences).
- The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kelok
- My Grandmother’s Hands – Resmaa Menakem
- Safe Haven (Books 1-3) – Christopher Artinian (you know I love a good post-apocalyptic read).