Guys, I think I have a problem. Well, an addiction to be more specific. It’s taking over my life. It’s taking over my bedroom floor. And I’m totally hooked.
I’m talking about my book addiction, of course.
While 2015 was the year of healing for me, it was also the year of reading! At the end of 2014 I set myself a challenge: I wanted to read 52 books in 1 year, aka 1 book a week at least. Lucky for me, I have more reading time than the average person, since doing coffee enemas makes great reading time (although that did mean I had to forgo my enema time favourite: Real Housewives – gosh my life is tough), and if I don’t read before bed, I don’t sleep.
So how did I do?
I succeeded! But only just. Yes, 52 books – not necessarily one per week. More like 3 per week, then half a book a week, then a 2 week, then none for a few weeks.
I read a mix of biography, health, non-fiction, conspiracy, fiction, soap opera type fiction, self-help, spiritual and more. No, I’m not a picky reader. I’ll give just about anything a go. Open mind and all.
So even though I read all of these books, doesn’t necessarily mean I loved them all. I’ve highlighted and written about the ones I really loved below.
1. Booky Wook – Russell Brand
2. Booky Wook 2 – Russell Brand
I started the year off with a bang with these two books. I loved reading his biographies, it gave me real insight into the life of an addict and how we as a society could better help them to get their lives back, rather than thinking of them as criminals, think of them as ill and help them from that perspective.
3. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Dr Joe Dispenza (Read Twice)
This book is one of my favourites, as is the meditation that goes along with the book. This book helped me really change my brain – to fire and wire new connections and create a new personality. It allowed my to start dropping my hard, sarcastic and cold persona that had been my defence system, and slowly reveal the kind, soft, happy and loving one beneath.
6. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay
Louise Hay is a gem, isn’t she? I really loved this book. Although I think we need to strike a balance between healing with the mind and healing with foods, I found this book helped me see the former in a new light.
7. Revolution – Russell Brand
As you can see, I started the year of with lots of Russell Brand, reading both of his biographies and his latest book, Revolution. I also spent most mornings in the beginning of this year watching his You Tube channel, The Trews, and feeling the urge to revolt rising in me. The system is corrupt, and I want to be part of leading the change.
8. Veronica Mars (2): Mr. Kiss and Tell – Rob Thomas
Veronica Mars is one of the best TV shows that ever existed, and when the show ended on basically a cliffhanger, I thought I just might die of curiosity and the pain of the open loop. Until they brought it back as a movie and a book series. Yay for the internet!
9. The Big Leap – Gay Hendricks
What is your zone of excellence vs your zone of genius? And in what ways are you holding yourself back from going further than you ever have before? Why does some form of ‘setback’ come every time you make a great leap in your life? In one word, this book is about expansion. Read this book.
12. The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today – The Gang (Read Twice)
This is my new favourite self-help book. With chapters such as “Other People’s Children Are Disgusting Shit-Monsters” and “I Beat Marriage and So Can You”, you know this book is a soul-tingling life-changer. But seriously, It’s Always Sunny is my favourite TV show of all freakin time, so when they made a book I was pretty damn excited. And now it sits on the shelf in my office with all my other self-help and spiritual books.
15. Goddess of Vengeance – Jackie Collins
This year I went on a real Jackie Collins bender, as you can see from the list below. I read 9 of her books all up, and loved the soap opera brain escape they gave me. I’ve been visiting the local RSPCA op-shop (thrift store) every few weeks and picking up her books on each visit. I actually got many of the books in this list there.
20. Gut and Psychology Syndrome – Natasha Campbell-McBride
This book changed my health. When I read it around April, I was going through a bit of a health setback, as I wrote about here. In my desperation, I finally gave in and started drinking bone broth, and that was a big turning point in my health. I also started making saurkraut (again) and taking probiotics. This is where my real health progress began.
24. The Gabriel Method – Jon Gabriel
This book changed the game for me on weight loss. After reading this, and putting into practice some of the principles, my weight finally started to shift and after that I lost about 12kg in just a few months. I especially used the visualisation techniques.
30. The Biggest Secret – David Icke
Okay, it’s time for a confession. I’m a conspiracy theory junkie. But let’s do a little recap of what “conspiracy theory” really means: a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators. This phrase started being used after the JFK assassination to undermine anyone who questioned the official story. Since when did questioning the official story make you a terrible person? A nut job? A tin foil hat wearer? A truther? Questioning is good. Not questioning is not only bad, it’s Orwellian.
31. Vendette: Lucky’s Revenge – Jackie Collins
32. Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
This quote from this book rocked me to my core, and is now stuck to my office wall just above my desk:
Nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen.
That quote changed me. And the book itself, well it gave me the courage to be more vulnerable, and I think you can actually see that change reflected here on the blog. I’m letting it all hang out here, and no longer hold back!
33. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
34. Feeling Sorry for Celia – Jaclyn Moriarty
35. Finding Cassie Crazy – Jaclyn Moriarty
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
37. The Clay Cure – Ray Knishinsky
38. Gluten is My Bitch – April Peveteaux
39. Jennifer’s Way – Jennier Esposito
40. Celiac the First Year – Jules E. Dowler
41. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
42. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
This was one of my favourite fiction books of the year. It was touching and heartfelt. Must read!
43. The Time Travelers Wife – Audrey Niffennegger
44. Management of Celiac Disease – Sidney Valentine Haas
You can probably see a theme with many of the books in this list – I’ve been diving deep into researching celiac disease and it’s history. I’m still hungry for answers, and I’m looking for them anywhere I can. This book was a brilliant insight into the research and treatment of the first doctor to ever successfully treat and cure celiac disease.
47. Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan
I could not put this book down. It was so intriguing, so well written, so haunting. And I could identify bits of her story with mine (on a much lesser, not so scary scale). She too has an autoimmune disease, but her’s looked like schitzophrenia.
48. The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien
While watching The Hobbit movies felt like a slow death, I never thought I’d love the book as much as I did. I actually weirdly enough love these types of fantasy books – especially Robin Hobb – but hate movies like that or you know, dragons and swords and cosplay.
51 + 52. And I read Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today twice each!