• Christina D. Ford

What I'm Reading Now

Admittedly, I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to books. There's rarely a topic that I don't find interesting. I have a genuine curiosity that can't be sated, and it isn't out of the ordinary for me to read several books a month. I've split my current reads into categories for you below.

Reading for Pleasure:

This is my favorite category. No limits, no genre limitations, just me and my imagination off on another adventure. This months book is Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas. This book was long awaited by me and millions of others, a conclusion to an epic series of girl whose path gets blown far off course as a child, and her long and treacherous journey to reclaim her birthright. I always feel a little sad when I see any series come to an end, and also a little worried. I've read more than enough series where the last book landed way off course. I'm happy to report that this was not the case with Kingdom of Ash. I lived and breathed the book for three days straight, and it was the conclusion that every writer dreams of creating. Beautifully written and beautifully done, this book was definitely worth the wait. Check it out!

Reading to Learn:

I am a total believer that knowledge is power. The older I get, the more aware I become of just how much information is out there and how little I know. In an effort to continue learning, I read books that challenge me to contemplate things. It's a good practice, and I recommend it for readers and writers alike. This month, I dived into Dare to Lead, by Brene Brown. An essential toolkit for anyone in leadership, this book has loads of tips and tricks to create lasting connections and foster greater leadership than ever before. I love that this book reminds leaders to remember that the people they lead are still people, with lives and problems of their own, and that leading with empathy can go so much farther than simple orders. I highly recommend this book!

Reading for Spiritual Growth:

Much in the way that I read to learn, I also read so I can grow. There are so many fantastic books out right now that really can help you open your mind and broaden your horizons. In Light is the New Black, by Rebecca Campbell, I discovered a new way of thinking about things as Rebecca shared her musings, mantras, affirmations, and beautiful quotes in an effort to shine her light. My favorite part was that the book was set up in such an easy-to-read fashion. You could easily nab a chapter a day or dive in for a longer session. Either way, this book was a joy to read from beginning to end.

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