“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.”
It is unfortunate that many people still believe beautiful people are less intelligent and girls into beauty and fashion are shallow. In the last couple of months, I’ve read a bunch of great books and I honestly believe in the need of brain exercising, but at the same time, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being into all-things-pretty.
When I was thinking about whether or not I should write about books on my blog since the content is a bit different than what I usually write about, I was very hesitant, but I really felt I should share with you the great books I’ve discovered.
In trying to figure out how to do this, I found inspiration on one of the blogs that really know how to combine books and beauty. So for this post, I’m getting inspiration from Nina at Ninaallblue and I’m giving you my own spin on beauty and books.
Bellow, you will find my list of books to read this summer that I decided to call Nail Your Book – Summer reads with a beautiful twist.
I chose books that are really meaningful in one way or another. Most of these books will appeal to you if you’re into self-improvement and are genuinely curious in the way people’s brain operate. Some books are more easy to read while others are a bit more on the serious side, but still very intriguing and with a good flow.
Let’s start with some #girlpower:
by Sophia Amoruso
“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”
At 17 Sophia Amoruso left school and moved out from her parents only to later become the founder, creative director and CEO of Nastygal – a fashion empire. She offers straight talk while empowering women all over the world to feel like the next girl bosses. But how do you become a girl boss? Amoruso’s answer would be through focus and determination and through a lot of hard work.
The book is a great read if you’re looking for some inspiration as a young working woman, but it’s still light enough that reads like an easy (not in the bad sense) summer novel.
(Nail polish: Catrice Cosmetics ICONails in All about that red, because there’s nothing like a powerful shade of red, right?)
Since we’ve talked about girl bosses, let’s also talk about guys that followed their hearts and ended up becoming very successful.
2. LIFE IS GOOD
by Bert and John Jacobs
“It’s strange how many of us choose to stuff our lives with busyness and distractions. When we’re too busy, we don’t do anything well. Our relationships suffer, our performance at work suffers, and we don’t enjoy our lives. Yet being “crazy busy” is a badge of honor for some people.”
If you feel like you’re stuck in endless nagging and pessimism, you’re about to receive a healthy dose of optimism offered to you by two brothers – founders of Life Is Good. Through their life story, you will learn the ‘Life is good’ background and will realize everyone possesses a superpower. The brothers believe we all have superpowers such as openness, courage, simplicity, humor, gratitude, fun, compassion, creativity, authenticity, and love. The book is great all year round when you feel down and you lack motivation.
(Nail polish: Uma Cosmetics in Strawberry fields forever – an endless dose of sweetness)
As you’re probably seeing a pattern by now, you understand that more often than not, people don’t succeed overnight; it takes a lot of trial and error and courage. My next book talks exactly about that – how to overcome your defeats and learn from them to reach your potential. With a healthy dose of humor on the side.
3. HOW TO FAIL AT ALMOST EVERYTHING AND STILL WIN BIG
by Scott Adams
“Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous presuccess failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out. Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good everytime they apply their system. That’s a big difference in terms of maintaining your personal energy in the right direction.”
If you want to learn why it’s better to create systems instead of setting goals, Scott Adams is your guy. Today he is known as the creator of one of the most successful comic strips – Dilbert, Adams has tried his luck at almost anything you can imagine. But as he learns along the way, success is achievable with a simple formula. You don’t need passion in order to succeed, what you need is personal energy, but in order to learn how to get that, you are going to have to read the book.
(Nail polish: Essence Cosmetics the gel nail polish in Black is Back because it represents hard times but also someone crisp and smart, which never goes out of style)
On a more serious note, people often make mistakes without even realizing and when they’re forced to face the consequences, they seem so astonished by the accusations that they can not believe what they’re being accused of. But what we don’t know is that human mind is truly amazing and profound system, many times also difficult for us to understand.
4. MISTAKES WERE MADE (BUT NOT BY ME): WHY WE JUSTIFY FOOLISH BELIEFS, BAD DECISIONS, AND HURTFUL ACTS
by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
“…to resolve the dissonance between “I love this person” and “This person is doing some things that are driving me crazy” will enhance their love story or destroy it.”
A far more serious book on this list will teach you on how we as humans function. It deals with cognitive dissonance, self-serving bias, and other cognitive biases, using these psychological theories to illustrate how the perpetrators of hurtful acts justify and rationalize their behavior. It describes a positive feedback loop of action and self-deception by which slight differences between people’s attitudes become polarized. I would say if none others, you should at least read the chapter on relationships, which in my opinion is a must!
(Nail polish: Alessandro in Baby Blue, because we all like to believe we’re these little innocent creatures)
The last book on my list is one of the best if you’re into knowing how our brain operates – it’s fascinating!
5. PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL: THE HIDDEN FORCES THAT SHAPE OUR DECISIONS
by Dan Ariely
“Money, as it turns out, is very often the most expensive way to motivate people. Social norms are not only cheaper but often more effective as well.”
This book is a great explanation on how to break through the systematic patterns of thought to make better decisions in everyday life. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read. If you’ve ever asked yourself why do we constantly make the same type of mistakes – from procrastinating to picking certain brands of coffee or choosing our love partner – the choices we make and our behavior are actually systematic and predictable, or as the author calls us – predictably irrational.
(Nail polish: Essence cosmetics the gel nail polish in Amazed by you, because I truly am amazed by people in general)
Do you have any great book suggestions?
Would love to hear them, so don’t forget to share them with me or in the comments bellow or via email.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!