I used to love reading at every chance I could get when I was younger. It was my way of escaping and I would get so lost in the stories. Some of my favorite books were The Babysitter’s Club series and Dear God, It’s Me Margaret. Anyone familiar with either of those knows I had enough to read to last me months. I would take a book with me everywhere I went, just in case I became bored which was often.
As I’ve gotten older I found myself not having as much time to read as much as I used to. Books were finished within 2 weeks of purchasing but they were purchased less frequently. A few years ago I found myself watching way too much tv and decided to use that time to start reading instead. The more devoted I was to reading and finishing a book, the more books I became interested in. Recommendations from friends and other sources started coming to me faster than I could keep up with.
I’ve narrowed the list down to the books that have greatly impacted my life. I’ve learned a lot from them and recommended them all many times over. So no, I did not include the Fifty Shades trilogy (even though I read that in a week).
Without further adieu here are the books that made it to my favorites list and which books I plan to read soon. FYI none of the links are affiliate links and all of the descriptions are from Amazon.com:
- Organize Tomorrow Today – “Organize Tomorrow Today helps readers to move past their performance roadblocks and achieve more productive lives.” This is the book to read if you need help with procrastination. It kicked my butt into gear with finally launching this blog.
- You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – “By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are…and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.” I was ready to kick ass and take names after reading this. Get this if you are continuously doubting yourself and want to stop.
- You Are a Badass at Making Money – “Based on her own transformation, from a frustrated forty year-old living in a converted garage watching tumbleweeds blow through her empty bank account, to a successful business owner traveling the world in style…” Sold! This is the book that helped to reinforce the belief that I deserved to have as much money as I wanted.
- The Alchemist – A “story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us…about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, … and following our dreams.” Read this if you’re is searching for yourself and need help figuring out your next steps.
- The Four Agreements – “Author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.” The lessons in this book are easy to implement if you are patient with yourself.
Haven’t read yet:
- Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy – I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of this movie by now. There’s not much I want to learn from reading this trilogy; I just want to do so before the next movie comes out.
- How Rich People Think – “It compares the thoughts, habits and philosophies of the middle class to the world class when it comes to wealth…The strategy is simple: learn how rich people think, copy them, take action and get rich.”
- Sweet Potato Soul (it’s a cookbook, but a book nonetheless) – “From decadent pound cakes and ginger-kissed fruit cobblers to smokey collard greens, amazing crabcakes and the most comforting sweet potato pie you’ll ever taste….” Freaking yum. Everything sounds so good and I can’t wait to start making these recipes in my own kitchen.
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – “You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them.” You know, just in case you need to learn how to talk somebody into some shit (in a healthy way, of course).
My goal for last year was to read one per month as a part of my self-care (other activities listed here), but I decided to take the pressure off of myself. So more realistically I’ve decided that I will read what I can when I can.
What books are on your favorites list? What books here will you add to your list? Let’s chat below.