Reading to Care for Yourself

Image source: Jasmine Liu
Image source: Jasmine Liu

I love reading books that range from self-improvement to fiction to non-fiction. They provide an escape, a way to decompress and reflect, and a way to learn.

For self-improvement, I love Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins. I’ve been listening to the book on Audible on my long commute and it’s life changing. It’s about not being fearful, taking risks, and just living your life. I’ve always dealt with the fear of rejection or failure and I’m sure a lot of people have that too. But with this book, I feel even more afraid to not live my life. It has helped push me in more ways than one, so if you want to work on yourself and improve yourself, read this!

For fiction and my guilty pleasure, to be honest, is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I read this book when I was 16 and I fell in love. I’m Asian first of all, so it made me happy to have the main character be Asian cause I could just relate on another level. And of course, when the Netflix film came out I was overjoyed. But this book taught me about love and not being afraid (seeing a trend of that huh?) and I still enjoy reading it to this day. It is a daydream book but it also brings out the lessons in life that we should all learn.

Finally, for non-fiction, it’s cook books! I love books on hobbies, and cooking is one of mine! I love the Chrissy Teigen cookbook Cravings. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but her recipes are inspired by love (and interesting touches like Doritos and ramen) and that’s the best part of it. It comes from Teigen’s heart and that’s all we ever want!