5 must read books this month

May 24, 2018

In a book club? Pick one to add to your list. Looking for something for your Kindle or from the second hand bookshop (we will always love these crammed spaces and the smell of a used Hemingway). There’s a muddle of collections here. Go with your mood.

1. Curing Affluenza

Reading this book is the first time it really sunk in that we didn’t choose for this economy. That this economy that we know, that we keep getting told needs us to buy more & more & more to thrive, is an abstract idea, and one we can change. By distinguishing the difference between consumerism and materialism, and shifting our spend from goods to services, we can change the shape of our economy. And change our life in the process.
Read it here.

2. Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less

One of my key questions of life came from this book. What would I spend (in time or money) to acquire this project or opportunity? It’s how I assess a lot of my choices these days. The way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s not about getting less done. It’s about getting only the right things done. It’s about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies instead of giving others implicit permission to choose for us.

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?
Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized?
Do you feel motion sickness instead of momentum?
Does your day sometimes get hijacked by someone else’s agenda?
Have you ever said “yes” simply to please and then resented it?

If you answered yes to any of these, then read this book!
Read it here.

3. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The infamous book of the Kondo method that landed in the laps of millions. Declutter, declutter, declutter and ask yourself, does this bring me joy? This book gives you the practical steps to implement this methodology in your life and live freer, with less.
Read it here.

4. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck

It’s a life book, but when you think about it, it’s also a throw-all-the-crap-to-the-side-and-focus-on-the-few-important-things-book. It’ll get you narrowed in on where you need to spend your time and maybe have some resources left to do some good things for the world.
Read it here.

5. 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa

I read this book many, many years ago and still think way not enough people have read it. It’s beautiful, it’s light, it’s heavy and it’s really, really necessary. Step inside the worlds of humans facing a crisis we just cannot seem to grapple with.
Read it here.

You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of f*cks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a f*ck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice—well, then you’re going to get f*cked.

Mark Manson

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Written by Lis Dingjan

Lis is the founder & product developer of Nowhere & Everywhere and also creates the photographic journeys on the Travel portion of this site. With a background in law & international development, she is also a passionate advocate of climate justice, eating from the ground, exploring deeper and giving back a little more than you take. If we all did that, we would change the world.

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