Friday Reads: What’s On My Nightstand

How did it get to be Friday already? I’m trying to catch up on my work so I can read guilt-free over the weekend.

Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein






I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch tonight to finish some books I started last week. Here’s what I hope to finish over the weekend:

  • The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, Phd. I’m halfway through this book and my nerdy self just loves it. McGonigal sites fascinating and entertaining case studies and human (and mice) science experiments. Honestly, reading the author’s retelling of experiments like Pavlov’s dog is what keeps me engrossed in this book. I don’t usually read non-fiction this quickly but I’m already two-thirds through the book.
  • Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit Author and psychologist Karen Horneffer-Ginter gives her readers methods and tips to slow down in the busy hurry up and go world we live in. She shares the how taking down time or alone time allows us to replenish her energy. So far I’ve highlighted the heck out of this book (yay for e-book highlighting) because so much of it resonates with me. I’m know I try to do too many things and I look forward to implementing her tips.
  • May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. I’m reading this book as part of the Tassel Society Book Club. The book is written as a  40 day journey to shift our fear based thinking to positive thinking and action.  Each day Bernstein offers assignments to look inward and observe how we react to the world around us. There are daily affirmations (I love these!) and guided meditation. It definitely takes commitment to follow her book for 40 days so I’m glad I’m doing it as part of a book club. We’re on Day 5 of our journey so it’s not too late to join us!
I almost listed another book, but I’m not sure what fiction book I want to read to break up the non-fiction. It sure looks like I’m on a self-help kick aren’t I? I’m sure a ton of motivation and self-help books come out in late December and January, just in time for those new year’s resolutions.
While you’re here, two of our book club members are hosting bookish giveaways you don’t want to miss:
What are you reading this weekend?
About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.


  1. Thanks for linking to my giveaway, Kim! Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit sounds like the kind of book I need to read!

  2. Weekend reading, yay! Get down with your nerd self 😉 I’m reading The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma..what a book!

  3. Thanks for the link, Kim! This weekend I’m reading Tracy Chevalier’s new book, The Last Runaway. On page 82 and LOVING it! Enjoy your reading.

  4. I’m finishing up Michael Ondaatje’s “Divisadero” this weekend…hoping to start Ann Patchett’s “Truth and Beauty” tomorrow.

  5. I finished Calling Invisible Women this weekend–a quick fiction read if you want to break up your non-fiction. I’m impressed–I can only do two books at the same time, usually one fiction and one non.

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