April is a great month to get caught up on your reading! The weather is starting to get nicer, so you can spend time outside and then come inside to read. Or, even better – read a book outside! We are suggesting 3 books for this beautiful month!

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“Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life” by James Victore

The business of life is a dangerous place. But it’s also a fascinating one, full of possibilities and potential for growth and learning. In “Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life”, author and artist James Victore offers up a host of insights and advice on how to make the most of your life in the business world. James Victore is an award-winning designer for bold believers, an advocate for creativity, a sought-after teacher and speaker, and an artist whose work is exhibited around the globe.

He is a no-nonsense writer and speaker who isn’t afraid to challenge conventional wisdom or speak his mind. In this book, he offers up a wealth of advice on topics such as creativity, productivity, risk-taking, and more. He doesn’t shy away from controversial ideas, and many of his suggestions will likely be seen as dangerous by some. But that’s exactly why they’re worth listening to. Victore has a lot of wisdom to share, and it’s all packed into this concise, no-nonsense book. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on the business of life, “Feck Perfuction” is well worth reading.

Why do you need to read this book?

Read some comments from GoodReads:

This is an awesome little book. Lovely, witty, crisp, compact, funny, imaginative, and magnetic.

Almost every page gave me a thought or an idea. I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down because I was so enthralled. I had to know what was coming next.

Like with everything he does, this book is bold, rebel, and full of inspiration and honesty! A book worth sharing but also keeping, to read it over and over again.

“Skin Care for Your Soul” by Jude Chao

Have you always longed for that fresh, glowing, no-makeup look? Well, with this amazing book, Jude Chao will help you achieve just that! Not only does Jude offer great tips on skincare, but she also provides insight into the mind and soul of the modern woman. This book is a must-read for any woman who wants to look and feel her best!

Thanks to this book you will learn literally everything you need to know about a clean skincare routine. If you think you know how to cleanse your face, after reading “Skin care for your soul” you will see how much you didn’t know. And how much room for improvement you have. Not only that. This book combines skincare and, more importantly, self-care. From this book, you’ll learn how self-care starts with self-awareness and you realize that you deserve to treat yourself as a person of worth.

Jude Chao has been known for tying skincare to self-care since the publication of her essay, “How My Elaborate Korean Skincare Routine Helps Me Fight Depression” on Fashionista.com in 2015. Since then, she’s published steadily, both as a freelance beauty writer and on her blog, Fifty Shades of Snail. She’s also worked in beauty marketing and consulting for both Korean and American brands.

Why do you need to read this book?

… to learn everything you have to know about self-love, of course. Since we want you to inspire more to read this great book, check out what others say about it:

An absolute gem of a book. Quick to read and packed with practical information for neophytes and skincare enthusiasts alike.

Super enjoyable! When I started in my k-beauty journey, I used Fifty Shades of Snails as a huge resource for me, plus I’ve listened to all episodes of “The Snail Cast” podcast and I feel like Jude Chao knows her stuff! I appreciated the breakdown of steps, and while some information I knew, I appreciated the breakdown of products because there is still lots to learn.

I read this one for pure fun and didn’t intend to review it but it it is so damn responsible that I want to give Jude chao some props. She addresses mental health, including beauty standards and her major depressive bouts, with such grace.

“The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks

This is a classic work of psychology! Oliver Sacks has a way of looking at the world that is both unique and insightful. In “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” he tells the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorders. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities, and yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human.

One man, for example, believes that his wife has been replaced by a hat. Another, cursed with Tourette’s syndrome, involuntarily barks, growls, and yelps for hours on end. Still, others suffer from ‘face blindness’ – unable to recognize friends or family members in photographs.

Another patient, Jimmie G, has Korsakoff’s syndrome. Although 49 years old, he is unable to form or recall memories after his 19th birthday. He views the world with a childlike “innocent wonder,” and we are left wondering whether a “man without a past or future, stuck in a constantly changing, meaningless moment” could be said to have a soul.

Through these fascinating stories, Sacks explores the various ways in which the human brain can go astray, and yet still generate the most astonishing gifts of perception, artistry, and intuition.

This book should be required reading in all undergraduate medical curriculums, but you should read it no matter of your formal education. It shows that normal and abnormal are not mutually exclusive categories but arbitrary points on a continuum, influenced by their context. It makes us think about our practice and is surely a master class in case reporting.

Why do you need to read this book?

This is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. I’m guessing I’ve brought it up hundreds of times in conversation.

This book was a fascinating read. One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. I would recommend this book to whomever is interested in neurology, psychology and the human mind.

Always knew that the brain is such an interesting organ. But this book made me realize that our brain is capable of very bizarre, fascinating, and at the same time sad things.