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Favorite Book of Each Month-2021

In my entire life, I’ve never read as many books as I did in 2021. So it’s only natural that I’d end the year with a post on my favorite book of each month.

JanuaryThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
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FebruaryThe Child in You: The Breakthrough Method for Bringing Out Your Authentic Self by Stefani Stahl

The Child in You: The Breakthrough Method for Bringing Out Your Authentic Self
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MarchWhen Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
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April Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change
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MayThe Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
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JuneThink Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
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JulyThe Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

The Alchemist
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AugustThe Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
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SeptemberPeace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
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OctoberA Year to Live: How to Live This Year As if It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
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NovemberThe Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
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DecemberYour Life as Story: Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir as Literature by Tristine Rainer

Your Life as Story: Discovering the "new Autobiography" and Writing Memoir as Literature
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What were some of the best books you read this year?

28 thoughts on “Favorite Book of Each Month-2021”

  1. Congrats on being a prolific reader. I’m a laggard anymore. I’ve read your January, March, July, and August selections. Of those the January one is the one that has stayed with me the most, followed closely by August. Now of course I want to read all your other ones.

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  2. I SENSE A THEME.

    The Alchemist is SUCH a gorgeous book. It’s one of those books that I want to highlight everything that is meaningful to me, but that would mean I would highlight the entire book. I also liked Shetty’s book, although not as much as The Alchemist. The others I haven’t read but they totally look like my jam, ma’am. I think I’ll make myself a list from your list.

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  3. I feel silly . . . the Four Agreements was sent to me by my dear friend in Dallas months ago. I have been carrying it around in my bag but I haven’t read it yet. Seeing it here feels like the universe is talking to me and I haven’t been listening. I’m usually focused on finishing a book club book and I keep ignoring it. I plan to get going on it.

    I liked a few books this year that would not be grouped with the books you’ve listed here. Good in a different way. ‘Girl with Seven Names’. And ‘This is Happiness’ were 2 of my favs.

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  4. Look at You! That is amazing; look at all the work you’ve done on yourself.
    I applaud you for all the reading.
    *Hangs head in shame* I’ve started and NOT finished only ONE book this year. I will though, it will be done soon.

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  5. I high five your drive to read inspiring books. These are all new to me (except familiar bc u blog about them!) except the Four Agreements. I read that one, loved it, and years later still think on the book’s oh-so-simple but oh-so-useful advice. I’ll look into adding these others to my reading. I’m a big reader but I tend to go for fiction or gardening/plants. You’re doing me a huge favor by reading these and then blogging the choice bits. 🙂

    In addition to admiring your achievement of reading worthwhile reads, I also sorta want to give you a completely useless trashy book to read after seeing your list *grins mischievously*. Something with, like, a wind blown Highlander wearing a poofy sleeved shirt and kilt on the cover…. Does this make me a good or bad blog friend? 🙂 What if the trashy novel contains long walks in the (nature) Highlands? That counts as soul work, right?

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    1. “Don’t take anything personally” has become one of my slogans of 2021, thanks to The Four Agreements. I actually forgot that “Don’t make assumptions” was another agreement, which is something I struggle with.

      YESSSS. I am in desperate need of a good trashy novel!! That makes you a fantastic blog friend! I welcome any and all suggestions. 🙂

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  6. I’ve read 7 of those books! I read the Jay Shetty one this year based on your recommendation and really enjoyed it. Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind was another non-fiction favorite I read this year. And two more non-fiction: Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage by Anne Lamott and How to Make Disease Disappear by Dr Rangan Chatterjee.

    Fiction: Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia; The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare; and Oh William by Elizabeth Strout.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it! I take notes on a lot of those books, and I was just re-reading the notes from his book, which helped me with something I was struggling with recently. Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind is going to the top of my TBR list. I’m sure it was added a few months ago, but I keep adding new books to the top, which is messing up my system. 🙂

      I love Anne Lamott, so I will also add those as well.

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  7. I am watching WGN this morning and they just interviewed a man who wrote a book called Spark about finding the job that you will love, or something to that effect. I thought of your list. It might fit in with the other books you read this year.

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