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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

"In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman.
The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best."
Paperback, 160 pages

Published November 7th 1997 by Amber-Allen Publishing 

How I stumbled on this book is actually an interesting thing.
Other than reading and writing, my biggest passion is music so I follow a lot of music accounts on twitter and instagram. One of my very favorite bands is Florida Georgia Line so, naturally, I follow their band account and their personal accounts. When Brian Kelley got married he posted something about him and her, and I started following his wife, Brittany Marie Cole Kelley, on twitter and instagram because she pretty hippie and earthy like me so I enjoy her posts.

One day she posted that she was reading this book and it was fantastic. I tried to check it out of the library but there was a wait line of about 15 people. So I went to Barnes and Noble to see about just buying it and it was actually on the "This Weeks Best Seller" shelf. I was so surprised that a book that has been out since 1997 was on the best seller shelf again.

I decided to wait on it at the library since I had so many other books I needed to read at the time, but when I got it I flew through it.
Granted, it's only 160 pages, but it is a book that needs to be taken in and savored.
As a Christian (which is my foundational faith, always has been, always will be, so I go to the Bible before any other book for spiritual guidance) I did not agree with EVERY spiritual and religious aspect in this book, but I love reading about spirituality a lot so it was an incredibly interesting book.
The biggest thing I didn't like about this book, is I know the Four Agreements are supposed to simplify life, BUT sometimes it felt a little too simplified. Not the theology, the writing. I was looking for something a little deeper, but at times it felt like reading a grade school text book.

The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable in Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best.
There isn't a whole lot to disagree with with the basics of the Four Agreements. 
It definitely gave me a new perspective to look at certain things in life and some good suggestions of how to handle bad things.

If you have a bit of a bohemian, gypsy, or hippie soul like me and like reading about interesting beliefs then this would be a book for you.
3 out of 5 stars, simply for I enjoyed the book, but felt it was a little dumbed down at times.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Books from the Past 3{ish} Years

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish

I'v always been inerested in taking photos then put a quote or meaning on top of it to explain the photo in more detail. #semiphoto

Let's see how close I can keep this list to ten.
Probably not though.
And I'm going to cheat (because it's my blog and I'll do what I want too) and put series as 'one' favorite.
My definition of favorite for these particular books will be books I've taken the time to read multiple times, or would read multiple times.

Into the Wild

This book just makes me ridiculously happy (regardless of the ending).
Chris McCandless is my spirit animal and he was wild and free. 
I envy him and admit to emulating some of his ideals for living and adventuring.

The Fault in Our Stars

I've read TFioS at least once a year since it was released and I still bawl like a baby. 
It is a story I will never get tired of reading.

Darkfever (Fever, #1)

This was the series that introduced me to Urban Fantasy, and it contains Jericho Barrons, so it holds a special place in my readers heart.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

If you haven't read these books, do yourself a favor and pick them up over the summer.
They are so very, very wonderful.

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

The flipping of perspectives and the story telling in this book is incredible and I hope to be able to read it again soon.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

This was such a great contemp.
The cover makes it look a little cheesy but the story is much more complex.
It's at the top of my favorite YA contemps list.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

I hate this book.
I love this book.
I'm scared to read the other two.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)


The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Such wonderful storytelling.
This is without a doubt my favorite fey series.

Uglies (Uglies, #1)

Uglies was my very first dystopian series and I was hooked.
Hoverboards, secrets, The Wild, love. 
This will always remain a favorite.

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)

This was probably one of my first fantasy series (other than like Lord of the Rings).
A fantasy that takes place in a boarding school, the descriptions, it's just wonderful.

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)

My Blood Approves was my first indie book I bought on my Kindle.
I'd also had just made a twitter account around the same time I read this series so Amanda Hocking was the first author I'd ever talked to via social media and she was always so sweet to me, answered my questions, let me quote her in my blog, encouraged my writing, and sent me her novella to review very early because she knew how much I enjoyed the series (though she also knew I thoroughly disapproved at how she ended the story. I picked the other boy in the love triangle). It was just a great and encouraging experience.

So there ya have it. I was able to keep the list at 12 which is pretty good considering this list could've been much MUCH longer.
Any of these make your list?