"Your life is defined by the gap between what happens to you and your reaction to it," says Mel Robbins, author of the mega-selling book The 5 Second Rule. The concept is devastatingly effective: When you must do something challenging—whether it's getting up early to exercise, starting a difficult conversation, or saying no to that third cup of coffee—count down from five to one, and then do that tough thing with gusto.
Robbins not only inspires thousands with The 5 Second Rule, her two Audible Originals—Take Control of Your Life and Kick Ass—as well as go-get-'em videos on her YouTube channel, she also reads a lot to continue to inspire herself and stay focused.
Mel Robbins's Favorite Recent Reads
I read tons of news media every day but nothing settles me more than a really good read. Amidst all the chaos of life, there’s something about a well-written story that can focus you like nothing else. Most of us can’t travel the world, but reading is a way to pack your bags and immerse yourself in another culture or time period, right from the comfort of your couch.—Mel Robbins
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This is an incredible novel with so many layers that I could read it over and over and get something different each time. A complicated love story from turn-of-the-century South, this story about a woman with passions she feels have been stifled by culture and relationships is just as relevant today.
Katerina by James Frey
This book took my breath away. It’s crass, not safe for work, and was trashed by critics. I don’t care; I think it might just be the best book I’ve read.
My husband and I are smitten with this book, but Chris has almost half the pages dog-eared. A poet and cancer survivor, Mark organized this book as a daily reader because he has an incredible appreciation for the gift of a day. It really helps to ground you in perspective.
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