I’ve decided to start measuring my years by what I’ve read. I took a significant break from reading books after I graduated from college, and slowly I have been adding them back into my life.
Yes, even working two jobs, married and with a toddler I still find time to read! I like hard copies for some books (totally disconnected from notifications), I like Kindle for a lot of things (I prefer this for more intense study where I might want to search my notes later), and I love Audible for my frequent long car rides!
I’ve found over the past couple years that reading books has helped alleviate anxiety in a way that bingeing TV episodes never does. The books that I choose to read take me out of a negative self-analyzing space in my head into a productive and growth minded space where I find myself stronger and more passionate about making changes in my life. I really owe my resurgence of reading to my side-gig. Without the mentorship and personal growth focus of that company I would not read nearly as many books as I have in the past year and a half!
What follows is a list of the books I have purchased and at least partly read in 2017, followed by a list of books I would like to read in 2018! I’d love your suggestions!
Books I Read in 2017
- Beautiful Money: The 4-Week Total Wealth Makeover
- Didn’t get all the way through this one. She has a great message, and I love the mindset, but I couldn’t relate to her circumstances and backstory.
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0
- Hardly made a dent in this one. I’d like to come back to this in the next year or two. Also… my test result made me slightly grumpy. Haha…
- May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
- This one is slower going that I anticipated. It’s definitely helping me work through a bunch of mental blocks in my life, but not something I can power through in 40 days as the title suggests. Still working my way through this.
- The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
- Read the whole thing with my husband! Love love love this book. It was a cozy book to read together and it was fun to talk about forming our own family traditions and things that we’d like to implement into our day-to-day life. I’m a total Scandi-phile now… if that’s a word???
- Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
- This is a book I read for school actually, but I found it so widely applicable to my life. Definitely a book that inspires courageous and creative living!
- The Art and Craft of Tea
- Picked up this book when I started to end my relationship with coffee. Didn’t make it all the way through this book… it’s a little dried out (tehe).
- Bright Side
- A fiction! (You may notice I don’t read much fiction. I’m insanely picky about it.) I picked this one up on vacation last summer. It was fairly captivating, but not enough to finish after the weekend was over.
- The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe
- I know, I know… I have a problem! Or is it a passion? Hard to tell sometimes! 😉 Loved this book. Great for anyone looking to really dig deep into their personal style and overhaul their wardrobe.
- Pottywise for Toddlers: A Developmental Readiness Approach to Potty Training
- Hubby and I started reading this… Didn’t really say anything new that parenting articles online don’t already say.
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
- The first couple chapters are absolutely enchanting. I love Elizabeth Gilbert. I’d really like to finish this book in 2018. (I’m noticing I have a problem finishing books.)
- The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
- Hard to swallow at first. Even harder to actually do. But a really great book. I am still working on applying the principles to my daily life.
- You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (Also purchased the Kindle Version)
- By far the most entertaining money book I have ever read. I absolutely adore Jen Sincero. I definitely want to re-read this and take more notes.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
- Yes, there was a bit of a money theme to this year as I began to realize I did not have a healthy mindset about money.
- Did not make it all the way through this book. Got really annoyed with the personality of the author. He has some interesting points and it’s a compelling comparison, but I don’t always love his conclusions and don’t admire his character very much, so it was hard to listen to his advice.
- French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, & Pleasure
- Needed a lighter reading to switch out of “money” mode. This was a nice distraction. I don’t remember if I listened to the whole thing or not?
- The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
- Gold in book form. I would definitely like to purchase this in Kindle form so I can go back through it and take notes. The compound effect is constantly on my mind now when it comes to making small day to day decisions.
- The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs
- I used to read almost exclusively religious books. Now I can’t stomach more than one or two a year. I just finished this book last week. It brought me great comfort and really articulated well the spiritual stage I seem to be going through. Beautiful book.
- What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
- I don’t remember how I found this book or why I decided to pick it up. But it’s very fascinating! It’s a good book to listen to when I need to just detach from all serious thought for awhile and immerse myself in another world altogether. It’s a good bedtime book actually, despite being about food. I haven’t finished this yet since I recently started it.
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
- Just started this one as well. It’s intriguing, obviously, but I remain highly skeptical, as with “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. We’ll see if I finish it.
Books On My List for 2018
(in addition to finishing a few from above!)
- A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
- Fiction SERIES. I’m branching out! I already purchased this and I’m excited to try it out! The story sounds right up my alley. Hopefully it’s good!
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (I’m sensing a theme here…)
- The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
- The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life
- The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line
What did you read in 2017? What’s on your list for 2018?! I’d love to hear from you!
Happy New Year!