Four favourite books: Amandine Shadia

Adult daughters, a 12 week year, and a life boat

For the past few years, I’ve maintained a reading journal, a practice I began during my senior year in college. I find it fascinating to revisit my thoughts on the books I’ve read. I realized how much this journaling habit has aided me. With a recorded account of my literary experiences, selecting my favorites becomes a breeze. It offered me a delightful blend of nostalgia and insight into my evolving reading preferences.

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, by Stephanie M. Kriesberg

A transformative read that has resonated with both my personal and professional journey. This book is a must-read for those seeking self-discovery and empowerment. Through practical tools, insightful perspectives, and meditation exercises. Kriesberg guides readers toward finding their voice, embracing authenticity, and practicing self-care. This book offers solace and guidance to those wrestling with setting boundaries, self-doubt, and isolation, making it a true game-changer.

The 12 Week Year, by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

A self-help book; that delivers a compelling approach to goal achievement. This book underscores the importance of vision and actionable plans in attaining success. It provides valuable insights into maintaining focus and clarity. Furthermore, it emphasizes the significance of consistent recommitment to goals. The 12-week approach has transformed how I pursue my aspirations, urging me to stay accountable and engage in the pursuit of my goals.

Remarkably Bright Creature, by Shelby Van Pelt

A captivating mystery fiction that tackles themes of loss, aging, and grief. The story follows a woman’s friendship with an octopus and a young lost boy. Character development is a strong point of this book, making it an engaging and entertaining read. The audiobook version, complete with voiced reading, offers an immersive experience. Marcella, an intelligent character with a unique perspective on humans, was a personal favorite, adding depth to the narrative.

The Stranger in The Life Boat, by Mitch Albom

 A Christian fiction delves into the profound implications of an explosion on a yacht that leaves ten people stranded in a lifeboat. Their encounter with a man claiming to be God raises questions about belief and divine intervention. This Christian fiction explores the dynamics of faith and humanity under pressure. The book left an unforgettable mark on me. As its entertainment value, relatability, and thought-provoking content make it a memorable read. Albom’s writing captures the essence of a scenario where faith and human nature intersect.

In conclusion, this collection of book reviews offers a diverse range of perspectives and themes for readers to explore. Hence, personal growth to goal achievement, from mystery fiction to profound philosophical explorations. The books provide insights and inspiration that resonate across different interests and journeys. Whether seeking guidance, empowerment, or captivating narratives, these books offer valuable takeaways for all types of readers.

Featured image: Remarkably Bright Creature, by Shelby Van Pelt

Amandine Shadia

Amandine Shadia is an African-born, North Carolina-based aspiring journalist, speaker, and content writer. Shadia holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication from The University of Arizona Global Campus. She has established a strong foundation in the field. During her academic journey, Amandine gained valuable experience as an intern writer for FMHipHop and StudyBreaks, where her passion for storytelling thrived. Driven by a fascination for the inner workings of journalism, Shadia finds joy in the art of storytelling. Her writing encompasses a diverse range of genres, including holistic articles on mental health, fashion, lifestyle, culture, and travel experiences. She showcases versatility by exploring subjects beyond her interests. As a lifelong learner, Shadia approaches each project with an open mind, always eager to delve into new ideas

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