字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント (downbeat music) - Hey everyone, it's your girl Jenn. And I thought that we would do a little midyear checkup on the books that I've read. And also books I'm about to read. Reading has become my favorite way to pass the time, unwind, to go to new worlds. One of my big reading goals this year was to diversify the books that I read, because I tend to stay in my comfort zone. This is why I am so stoked to be partnering with Book of the Month. They are a book service that is rapidly growing and it's super popular and they want to unify new and emerging authors with readers like us. So the service gives out five banging book options that were already sifted by a team who go through 100s of books. They give the best choices from a curated selection of new and early release titles. So that way, you can spend more time reading and less time researching. They also have the best price for new release fiction books, which is awesome because who doesn't love a great deal. So out of the five books that they recommended, I chose Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. I chose this book because I have always loved and valued my friends. They can be complex, but they are so nourishing and so rewarding. So I'm always trying to find ways on how I can be a better friend. Now, this book is about two friends and it chronicles their 10 year friendship and they share their pitfalls and their joys. And I love reading about other people's relationships because it makes me really reflect on mine. I am so excited to read this and I never would have heard about this, unless I was a part of Book of the Month. If you guys would like to start today, you can get your first book for 9.99 with my July code JENNIM. You can skip a month anytime and you won't be charged. So it's completely risk-free. I will also leave all the info in the description box. So make sure you check that out. So my first book is The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. He is one of my favorite authors. If you guys haven't read The Four Agreements, you gotta read it right now. It should be like mandatory reading for everybody in life. And honestly, Mastery of Love is now on that mandatory to read list. So Mastery of Love talks about how we can heal our emotional wounds. I really love how clear he writes. Like it's not just fluffy words about like endless descriptions. It's just straight to the point. Anyone can read it and understand. A chapter that really resonated with me, was the one about our relationship with our bodies. So my job is to film and make videos and I'm always on camera. And so this is categorized as a display profession. So I find myself nitpicking a lot about the way I look, about different changes in my body. And during this quarantine, I have been extra. There was a phase where I was just extra harsh on my body. And he explains that once we have a kind and loving and compassionate relationship with our bodies, we can have fulfilling and nourished relationships with the people around us. And it makes complete sense. The way we treat ourselves, is how we treat the closest people in our lives. If we are treating ourselves with patience and kindness, then we're probably gonna treat everyone else the same way. It really starts from within. And this book has given me some extra clarity on how I can be more kind to myself. And it's making me closer to being the more reassured and confident person that I want to become. So my second book is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Now as a double Virgo, this book is music to my ears. It is the manifesto for motivation and productivity. This is actually my second time reading this, because I really needed something to light a fire of my ass. And this book did just the trick. So this book explains how small incremental changes every day can build into something great and remarkable. So he explains that a habit is a routine that just happens automatically. And we spend 50 to 60% of our lives just through habits. So if we're able to habit stack and just build up good habits, then you can live your life on autopilot and still be so productive. So one practice that I immediately implemented in my life is called priming your environment. Which is basically like a fancy way to say, keep your space clean. When you are doing something that you don't want to do. Having an environment that is clean and tidy is so motivating, it makes it attractive. So now before I leave a room, I make sure I prime it a little bit. So I'll like fold up the clothes, I'll push the chairs in, I'll wipe down the tables. It literally just takes a couple of minutes. So that way when I come back into the room, it releases a feel good chemical out of my brain and it makes me feel more motivated. So my third book is called Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. I picked up this book because I am deeply disturbed about the amount of people that are addicted to their phones. Now this is actually an addiction because the tycoons of tech have purposely, have intentionally made it addicting. Cal Newport calls our phones, slot machines. And it makes complete sense. When we check our phone, we're all secretly thinking the same thing. We're thinking like oh my gosh, like, what did my post get? Did I get likes? Did I get comments? Did I get a text back? There's always something that we are hoping for. And most of the time that number, isn't the number that we were hoping for. However, when it does, and you do get those likes, you do get those comments. It releases this huge rush of dopamine to your brain. And when rewards like that are unpredictable, it's more dopamine in your brain. It makes it more addicting. So it creates this cycle and this toxic relationship that we have with our phones. I've learned from this book that we are actually in a solitude deprivation. Solitude doesn't mean like being alone by yourself. Like you can technically be in a room full of people, but still find solitude. Solitude is a subjective state of mind where you don't let anything external input your mind. It's like basically feeling your own frequency. So, meditation is a form of solitude. Writing is a form of solitude. Even like walking outside. This is something that so many people aren't aware of. Like when was the last time you didn't have a podcast on, or the TV on or a YouTube video? Like when was the last time you just like sat in your own stillness. There is a direct correlation on why anxiety and depression are at an all time high, and how it parallels with the rise of social media and technology. It's just crazy. Now I do realize that it may come off a little hypocritical that someone who makes their living off social media is telling you like that it's toxic. But I find it quite opposite. I feel like it's my duty to let you know that you should probably have some limitations with it. So now I wanna talk about Circe, which was by far my favorite summer fiction book I've read. I did not want it to end because I have always been a freak for Greek mythology. When I was growing up, I loved learning about the gods and I loved how they all had their own little thing going on. Now, this book is about Circe. And Circe is the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun. And within the gods and deities there's like a huge hierarchy. And Circe is at the bottom of the totem pole. She's just the nymph, diamond doesn't. She's truly an underdog like her mom doesn't like her, her brothers and sisters don't like her. Like, you're just rooting for her the entire time. And she's just like always in the background at the feasts. Like she's just, like she's very lonely. I found myself identifying to Circe a lot because I feel like a lot of us have felt like an outcast or like you didn't fit in. And that was pretty much Circe's life. And this book is just, it's very long because god's don't die. And it's just so crazy to see the life of an immortal creature. This is also the book of the month for my book club, curlupclub. So if you'd like to read it, there's going to be a discussion about it in July. So make sure you check it out if you're interested. For my thriller selection, I have Woman in the Window. Now, if you like Girl on the Train, you're gonna love Woman in the Window. It's definitely similar vibes in the sense that, the main character is an alcoholic woman. So she makes for an unreliable narrator. Like you don't know if she's telling the truth or not. It makes the plot thicken. So the story follows a woman named Anna Fox who has agoraphobia. Which means that she is terrified to leave her own house. Which I find it very fitting with the times again. But she is also an online therapist. So she spends all of her time just chatting with her clients. She also slams back bottles of Merlot, and she also loves to spy on her neighbors. So this just makes this book a recipe for drama. And one night she sees something super sus and I'll just leave it at that. If you love thrillers, you're gonna love this book. I feel like thrillers are what made me hooked onto reading, especially as an adult. Because thrillers have the ability to make you just wanna turn one more page. And this book definitely does that. So my next book is called Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates. I talked about this book in a previous vlog, but I just wanted to talk about it again because I finished it and I found it very, very poignant. I think with the whole resurgence of the black lives matter movement, I wanted to make sure that I had more black perspectives that could give me a better understanding of how I can support and how I can be a better ally. So Between the World and Me is, in the form of a letter to his 15 year old son. Coates describes his perspective on growing up as a black man in America. And how fear and violence were ingrained in him at such a young age. And these two aspects have been passed down from generation after generation after generation. If you think about it, slavery wasn't abolished that long ago.