Ride & Read

Welcome to my Ride and Read Page I know many of you are avid readers and love to be inspired by what others are reading so I am sharing book suggestions and reviews!

I read whilst cycling (Ride & Read). I also read yoga, meditation, lifestyle books for a while on my yoga mat after a workout:

2021/2022 focus on books by minority authors; most of them are black. Why? By reading works by minority authors we can learn more about their perspectives and support them in their passion of writing!

Books by minority authors chosen so far to feature in the future

Ongoing focus Yoga/meditation/lifestyle themed books

Many of my books have been bought used from https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
It is a fabulous place to buy used books inexpensively and have them shipped to your door!

August 2022
Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh ⭐⭐⭐
This book was not my favorite of his but I still enjoyed it and ear tagged it in many places for future inspiration. 

July 2022
Zebras of Hope by Ellen Kelleher ⭐⭐⭐
This book is about hypermobility spectrum disorder specifically Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. As a person with HSD, this book was an interesting read, but it is probably a little short and limited for the cover cost since most of the technical detail is freely available on the internet nowadays from organizations such as Ehlers Danlos Society.

July 2022
Encouragement Changes Everything by John C Maxwell ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this book, it is a quick read or a book you can pick up sporadically when needed. Some of the content relates to bible verses but most of the content was stuff even an atheist like me can enjoy.

June 2022
Slowing Down in a Speeded Up World by Adair Lara ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another fun book you can pick up sporadically when needed and read a page for inspiration or to pass the time.

May 2022 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Little Whispers of Comfort for Busy Women
I really enjoyed this and think I'll read it again one day! 

Life's Little Handbook of Wisdom by Barbour ⭐⭐⭐ I'm an atheist and probably a quarter of the chosen wisdom quotes related to God/Jesus so this book wasn't a favorite read, however it's a quick light read that's almost humorous at times in the simplicity of some suggestions. 

April/May 2022 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheco 
Funny, entertaining, enjoyable read!

January/February 2022 (novel)  ⭐⭐⭐
In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.
I didn't love this book but it is an intriguing read at times that I think many people would enjoy. 

February/March 2022 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Inner Simplicity by Elaine St. James
I love this little book! A light read but truly inspirational at times.

January/February 2022
The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar 
Fabulous book! Great intro to yoga practice and philosophy! A great book for anyone wanting to begin to delve beyond the basics.

Yoga Mala by Jois
Terrific yoga book for beginners or those seeking a book that combines pose technique info as well as yoga philosophy. 

December 2020 - LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE by Stacey Abrams

Bought: Amazon.com $7.99
To read more about my thoughts on this book here is a blog post:

January/February  2021
The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

I thought this seemed a fitting choice for the month of Inauguration Day! 
Bought: Amazon $10.99

February/March 2021
Title: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

April/May 2021
Title: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

June/July 2021
Title: Undivided by Patricia Raybon & Alana Raybon
A thoughtful book that illustrates the diverse thinking that can happen within one family and the fact that distance amongst family is a double edged sword that all family members must acknowledge and work on for those rifts to mend! 
Late 2021 I switched to lighter reading material due to chronic migraine the remaining minority author books will be read in 2022.

August/September 2021
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh (2 books in one review)
Title: How to Walk & How to Sit
I just know I'll read and reread these books many times in my lifetime. They simplify meditation based concepts and mindfulness which makes those concepts accessible to all! In this fast paced world these 2 quick, little, easy reading books are well worth a read. 

October/November 2021
The Little Book of Mindfulness
Author: Dr Patricia Collard
I'm loving this little book so far! Like Thich Nhat Hanh (see August/September books), Dr Collard simplifies the concept of mindfulness and makes it an accessible concept! You don't need to be a Tibetan monk to meditate or to live mindfully, you just need to allow yourself to be in your surroundings and in your mind with joy. 

December 2021 
Buddhism for Beginners - Thubten Chodren
This book I rate 3/5 I feel that it covered lots of great content but not in the most helpful format for my learning style. I should've used a highlighter and highlighted vital content for reflection as I went through the book. 

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