November 2021 Reads – The Fitnessista


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

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

For at this time’s put up, I needed to share a recap of the books I learn in November. I’m nonetheless holding robust at my objective of at the least three books monthly, and this month, there have been two big house runs. A number of the finest books I’ve learn in my life, and I can’t wait to speak about them with ya.

November 2021 Reads 

1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I selected this one by way of my Guide of the Month subscription and had a sense I might take pleasure in it. That is precisely my favourite sort of guide: a historic saga with deep character growth 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 your complete household when it was completed and whereas it was an extended learn (round 500 pages), it was engrossing and superbly completed. 10/10 would suggest. 

From Amazon:

“There might solely be just a few winners, and plenty of losers. And but we performed on, as a result of we had hope that we could 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 a substitute, she accepts a proposal of marriage from a mild, sickly minister passing by way of on his strategy to Japan. However her resolution to desert her house, and to reject her son’s highly effective father, units off a dramatic saga that can echo down by way of the generations.

Richly advised and profoundly shifting, Pachinko is a narrative of affection, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling avenue markets to the halls of Japan’s best universities to the pachinko parlors of the legal underworld, Lee’s complicated and passionate characters – robust, cussed girls, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by ethical disaster – survive and thrive in opposition to the detached arc of historical past.

2. In Order to Stay by Yeonmi Park

I received’t give any spoilers however I heard Yeonmi Park converse on a podcast and knew instantly that I wanted to obtain her guide. I listened to the audio model, which I extremely suggest. 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 further perception into Pachinko and the opposite manner round. It’s an necessary reminder that whereas the US isn’t excellent, I really feel blessed to stay right here and lift our household right here. 

I cried once I completed In Order to Stay — it shook me to my core. I used to be very emotional about the whole lot she endured, and whereas it was troublesome to hearken to some components, it was an necessary learn that can stick to 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’d die – from hunger, or illness, and even execution.

In Order to Stay is the story of Park’s wrestle to outlive within the darkest, most repressive nation on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea by way of 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 the whole lot you do, the whole lot you study, the place you go, what you say, even what you suppose. On this warped world, famine was a lifestyle and minor offenses, similar to watching overseas 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 in opposition to hunger. Escaping together with her mom, Park started a protracted journey of unspeakable hardship and degradation by way of China and Mongolia, which lastly yielded her freedom in South Korea. Right now, Park is an influential chief of the youthful generations of Korean dissidents and an internationally acknowledged advocate for human rights all over the world.

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

3. The 4 Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

It is a guide that’s extremely suggest in yoga circles… it’s a kind of go-to foundational books. I’ve heard fairly just a few 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 right accompaniment to out of doors hikes.

It’s a brief learn with easy premises that you should use to domesticate extra pleasure and goal 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 suggest, particularly for those who’re making an attempt to cut back the noise and stress in your life, and don’t thoughts books which are just a little 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 pointless struggling. Primarily based on historic Toltec knowledge, the The 4 Agreements provide a strong code of conduct that may quickly remodel 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 twenty years, he has guided others towards their private freedom. Right now, he continues to mix his distinctive mix of historic knowledge and modern-day consciousness by way of journeys to sacred websites all over the world.

So, inform me, buddies: what’s the most effective guide you’ve learn these days? Are you beginning to brainstorm objective concepts for the following 12 months, or not but?

xo

Gina

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