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Books I’m bringing to Iceland and the US

Books I’m bringing to Iceland and the US

When you’re reading this, I am enjoying a long-awaited trip to Iceland and the United States. To me, a trip isn’t complete without bringing some books. Not only is it great entertainment during airport transfers or on the plane (hello eight hour flights), I also love to wind down in the hotel room in the evening and read. Today I am sharing my book choices for this holiday with you and how they made the shortlist!

You are a badass – Jen Sincero

Reason number one: I like that book title (hey, if she says so, who am I to interfere?). Reason number two: I do not always believe I am a badass, as I can be harsh with myself. Do you recognize that feeling when you are being hard on yourself about being hard on yourself? Maybe this book will provide me with a secret cure. What is promised: “By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use ‘The Force’ to kick some serious ass.” Sounds good to me, am I right?

Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher and William Ury

One skill I need to get better at is negotiation and what better way to sharpen the axe than with the bestseller Getting to Yes? In their book, Fisher and Ury simplify the whole process of negotiation and offer an effective framework. I hope to read this book and find tools and tactics to apply immediately when I get back to work. Or I might start early whenever I like to convince the boyfriend we really need an extra dessert break (my fave) during our trip.

Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

You might know Gretchen from The Happiness Project or the Happier podcast. Happier at Home concentrates on the factors that matter in creating happiness at home. During the holiday, everything will be fun and all, but it’s also a nice time to get inspired about things to do to increase our happiness when we’re not on the road. I am very fond of Gretchen Rubin’s experiments to practice more happiness in easy and manageable ways, so I expect nothing less from this book. 

Of course, I also have a few books as a backup, in case I am in the mood for something else. How I am bringing all these books? On my Kobo e-reader! I can basically bring as many books as I like, without having to deal with the weight. The only exception is Getting to Yes as that’s a paperback. I hear you wonder: Why not also on the e-reader? Just in case my Kobo runs out of battery and I can’t charge in a while, I like to have one hardcopy available. What was on your holiday read list recently? Drop your recommendations in the comments below!

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