10 Great Reads For Winter

10 Great Reads For Winter

Winter is hibernation season , well for me at-least, There’s nothing I love and long for more than being tucked away in my bed or somewhere cosy enjoying company of friends, binge watching a TV show or even reading that book that was highly recommended to me. The Team at As Told By Tiffany (ATBT) could not agree more and we find that solitude is often just that much sweeter when you lose yourself in a good read. We’ve complied a list of some of our favorite reads as well as some that Oprah insists should be on our literary bucket List

Purple Hibiscus was written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 2003. This post-colonial novel depicts the colonialist regime in Nigeria, a time and place of economic and political instability and the author’s home country.

The novel uses first-person narration, taking the perspective of a fifteen-year-old girl named Kambili Achike. This allows readers to witness the protagonist’s internal transformation. When we are first introduced to the character, we realize the extent to which her psyche is influenced by her father’s rigid philosophy. But as the story progresses, readers witness Kambili’s sense of identity develop and grow.

From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life.She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds.So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?
With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything.
Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.
This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her.
The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.  (From the publisher.)

The truth is…We all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle.

The solution is to practice specific mindfulness techniques that create more “space” in your mind to enjoy inner peace and happiness. With these habits, you’ll have the clarity to prioritize what’s most important in your life, what no longer serves your goals, and how you want to live on a daily basis. And that’s what you’ll learn in Declutter Your Mind.

In “The Book of Joy,” his Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu talk about how true joy is essential for our lives. They highlight several ways where we can embrace joy and find a purpose. Although they both suffered depressing times in exile, they experience greater joy and affirm the truth about the relationship between profound joy and sadness with amazing clarity. There are various obstacles such as fear, adversity, and anger that deprive us of being joyful, but if one utilizes the eight pillars – humility, perspective, humor, forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, gratitude, and generosity – then it is possible to embrace joy.

Mom & Me & Mom is an overview of Angelou’s life and revisits many of the same anecdotes she relates in her previous books. The first section, entitled “Mom & Me”, centers on Angelou’s early years, before the age of 17, and her transition from resentment and distrust of her mother to acceptance, support, and love towards her.

The novel takes place in Nigeria, where the author was born. The time frame is the 1960s during the country’s Nigerian-Biafran War. The main characters are on the Biafran side of the conflict. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a young teenage boy who represents the people of the outlying villages; his tribe clings to a more traditional, tribal way of life; Olanna, the daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister. The story is a combination of politics and personal relationships, charged by the brutal conflicts that occur around the main characters.

“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg is a non-fiction work that chronicles the struggles of women in the workplace – past and present – in facing the challenges and barriers that they encounter in the form of gender-bias. The author provides rich examples and anecdotes from her own career and experiences as well as those of female colleagues, staff members and friends and acquaintances. Sandberg also sites a number of research studies that back up the claims of gender-bias with the obvious conclusion that sexism is not the fantasy of women and that it’s alive and well in today’s workforce.

A Virtuous Woman is the second novel from award-winning author Kaye Gibbons. Ruby Stokes is a woman who was raised in the safety of a loving family, who learns that the world has a dark side when she impetuously marries the first man to ask. Ruby is dragged onto the migrant workers circuit, forced to work manual labor by her lazy, abusive husband. When her husband dies unexpectedly, Ruby is faced with the choice of going home in shame or marrying a local man who has taken an interest in her. Ruby chooses marriage, settling into a good life with a man who is deeply devoted to her. A Virtuous Woman is a novel of second chances and love, a novel that will touch the heart of even the most cynical reader.

The mind makeover that makes over your metabolism.

Hundreds of medical studies have shown the spectacular health benefits of meditation.  Now Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, puts that scientific research to good, practical use by incorporating easy-to-use, targeted meditations into a unique weight-loss program. This 21-day plan optimizes health as well as body image by tapping the hidden strength of the mind.  We learn a whole new way to lose weight; and it takes just a few relaxing and energizing minutes a day.






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