At the end of every month, I do a reading recap of all the books I’ve read that month coupled with a brief review. Making more time to read is one of my goals for this new year and it’s been enriching so far.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
I’m going to admit that the main reason I’m doing an “October Reads” is so that I can talk about this book. I haven’t really read anything substantial yet—unless you count all those books with the half-dressed men on the covers. I figured I have to ease myself into this reading thing.
This book had been on my to-read list for so long and finally, during one of the most miserable overnight flights, I was able to finish it.
In it, Jay talks about how our rapidly revolutionizing culture has glorified and romanticized the “lost twenties,” justifying how it’s actually our 30’s where we need to have focus in our lives. Jay argues that this isn’t the case, that those in their 20’s need to start working towards their future lives now to ensure they’re in a good place in by their 30’s.
Maybe it was the timing of the read or the topic of the book, but the combination of the two threw me into a mini existential crisis. Before, this would’ve thrown me for a huge loop and I would’ve spiraled out into a panic that only my fellow mid-twenty year-olds would understand. But instead, I can see points in her argument while simultaneously questioning where she lies on the traditional vs. non-traditional spectrum.
Whether you agree or not, no matter what end of the spectrum you’re at, I think this is a fascinating read.
The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
Ever since her TED talk, Brené Brown has been gaining momentum. Technically, this isn’t even a book; it’s a spoken conference that she held live. BUT it talks about something that I’m increasingly interested in: vulnerability and how it relates to joy in life.
Here, she talks about how her research has shown that those who are able to experience joy in their everyday have one thing in common; their perspective they get from embracing vulnerability. Not only is her talk so thorough, but it gave me direction in how to deconstruct my own personality (another habit of mine).