November 2021 Reads – The Fitnessista


Sharing a roundup of the books I learn in November and if I’d advocate them!

Hello buddies! How’s the week going? I hope you’re having an ideal one to this point. 🙂 It’s been a enjoyable and busy one to this point. Numerous occasions to prepare for this weekend, and I’ve been educating in-person courses, coaching shoppers, and dealing with 1:1 shoppers.

For in the present day’s submit, I wished to share a recap of the books I learn in November. I’m nonetheless holding sturdy at my purpose of at the very least three books monthly, and this month, there have been two large house runs. Among the greatest books I’ve learn in my life, and I can’t wait to talk about them with ya.

November 2021 Reads 

1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I selected this one via my E book of the Month subscription and had a sense I’d take pleasure in it. That is precisely my favourite kind of guide: a historic saga with deep character improvement that spans a number of generations. On the finish of this guide, I closed the ultimate web page and sat, surprised for a second. I felt like I knew the whole household when it was completed and whereas it was an extended learn (round 500 pages), it was engrossing and fantastically completed. 10/10 would advocate. 

From Amazon:

“There might solely be a couple of winners, and quite a lot of losers. And but we performed on, as a result of we had hope that we is likely to be the fortunate ones”.

Within the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a rich stranger on the seashore close to her house in Korea. He guarantees her the world, however when she discovers she is pregnant – and that her lover is married – she refuses to be purchased. As an alternative, she accepts a suggestion of marriage from a delicate, sickly minister passing via on his option to Japan. However her resolution to desert her house, and to reject her son’s highly effective father, units off a dramatic saga that may echo down via the generations.

Richly advised and profoundly transferring, Pachinko is a narrative of affection, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling road markets to the halls of Japan’s most interesting universities to the pachinko parlors of the felony underworld, Lee’s complicated and passionate characters – sturdy, cussed girls, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by ethical disaster – survive and thrive towards the detached arc of historical past.

2. In Order to Reside by Yeonmi Park

I gained’t give any spoilers however I heard Yeonmi Park communicate on a podcast and knew instantly that I wanted to obtain her guide. I listened to the audio model, which I extremely advocate. It was harrowing to find out about her private expertise, and I used to be impressed by her resilience. 

Some items of her story gave me extra perception into Pachinko and the opposite approach round. It’s an essential reminder that whereas the US isn’t good, I really feel blessed to dwell right here and lift our household right here. 

I cried once I completed In Order to Reside — it shook me to my core. I used to be very emotional about every part she endured, and whereas it was troublesome to hearken to some elements, it was an essential learn that may follow me for a very long time. 10/10. 

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was working for her life, that if she and her household stayed behind they might die – from hunger, or illness, and even execution.

In Order to Reside is the story of Park’s wrestle to outlive within the darkest, most repressive nation on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea via China’s underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a number one human rights activist – all earlier than her twenty first birthday.

Park was born to a household of civil servants within the North Korean metropolis of Hyesan, alongside the Chinese language border. She grew up in a society wherein the regime controls every part you do, every part you study, the place you go, what you say, even what you suppose. On this warped world, famine was a lifestyle and minor offenses, akin to watching international movies, might show deadly.

Park’s household was comparatively privileged till her father, a celebration member, was arrested for smuggling. After that, life in North Korea grew to become a ceaseless battle towards hunger. Escaping together with her mom, Park started an extended journey of unspeakable hardship and degradation via China and Mongolia, which lastly yielded her freedom in South Korea. Immediately, Park is an influential chief of the youthful generations of Korean dissidents and an internationally acknowledged advocate for human rights around the globe.

In the long run, In Order to Reside is in regards to the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent energy of affection to beat probably the most ghastly horrors and probably the most hopeless circumstances. “I needed to learn to love others,” says Yeonmi Park. “And now I’m keen to die for them.”

3. The 4 Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

This can be a guide that’s extremely advocate in yoga circles… it’s a kind of go-to foundational books. I’ve heard fairly a couple of buddies speak about this one, and figured I’d give it a whirl. I listened to the audio model (liked it) and it was the proper accompaniment to outside hikes.

It’s a brief learn with easy premises that you should use to domesticate extra pleasure and function in your life. Every day, I remind myself of the 4 Agreements and use this mindset with my interactions with others and my household. 9/10 would advocate, particularly when you’re attempting to scale back the noise and stress in your life, and don’t thoughts books which can be somewhat on the *woo* aspect 😉 

From Amazon

In The 4 Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the supply of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of pleasure and create unnecessary struggling. Primarily based on historic Toltec knowledge, the The 4 Agreements provide a robust code of conduct that may quickly rework our lives to a brand new expertise of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Don Miguel Ruiz has devoted his life to sharing the knowledge of the traditional Toltec. For greater than 20 years, he has guided others towards their private freedom. Immediately, he continues to mix his distinctive mix of historic knowledge and modern-day consciousness via journeys to sacred websites around the globe.

So, inform me, buddies: what’s one of the best guide you’ve learn these days? Are you beginning to brainstorm purpose concepts for the subsequent yr, or not but?

xo

Gina

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