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Words to Live By: Book Recommendations from Liv Northgate

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Reading is good for the soul, mind, heart, and brain! Make reading every day — or at least regularly in some way — a goal to improve your life. Reading has a ton of awesome benefits including a better vocabulary, stress relief, and it can even make you a happier person. One benefit you might not know about? Reading can help you see through other’s eyes and comprehend what other people are thinking and feeling.


Today the Liv Northgate Blog has several book suggestions to put on your reading list to keep you informed, enlightened, and entertained in your apartment or anywhere else in or out Gilbert, AZ.  

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Spend a week with authors Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama XIV, and Douglas Carlton Abrams as they discuss how their life experiences and studies have taught them to seek joy. In a nutshell, the book’s takeaway according to Goodreads, happens as “two great spiritual leaders share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.”  

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

“Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change. Defining such dramatic turnarounds as the abrupt drop in crime on New York’s subways, or the unexpected popularity of a novel, as epidemics, Gladwell searches for catalysts that precipitate the ‘tipping point,’ or critical mass, that generates those events.” — Booklist

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz provides four guiding ideas that can make life more manageable. Gather some wisdom with these quotes from the book. The four agreements are:

  • Be Impeccable with your word.

  • Don’t take anything personally.

  • Don’t make assumptions.

  • Always do your best.


What books are on your reading list? Which ones have you loved? Share your reviews and recommendations with the rest of the apartment community by leaving a comment below. Happy reading!


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