I have made a goal to read more this year, every year! Sure, I am always reading things via my phone or endlessly scrolling my newsfeed, but I would like to read more things with content and that give me optimism or an escape from life for a few pages. Read real books and turn the pages, relax my eyes from screen time as I am on a computer all day. I thought I would update this post with the books that I am reading. You might just find yourself a good read too!
My goal was 12 books in 2017 – one book per month! I did great until about June! So 2018 I am back at it. Here is what I have read or am reading:
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have With People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do, By Sarah Knight – This was a parody that made me giggle more than a few times. I received it as a birthday gift and it got my book goal started. I am a person who says yes to everything and I’ve really taken 2017 to take a step back and spend more time on what I want to do and what is a priority to me. I will have another post on this soon as I’m still putting all my thoughts together for this one.
2. Living Well Spending Less By Ruth Soukup – This was not exactly the book I thought it would be when I picked it out. It was more a personal journey reviewed but I still did take some things away from it and have been working on my personal goal list. Goals I would like to accomplish in the next year, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years. Things that are important to me. It has taken a lot of thought to put it all on paper and really commit, I’m still working on it. The book contained many biblical references, but they were applicable to any religion or were understandable even if you weren’t familiar with them as they were applicable to the item being referenced.
3. Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! By Rachel Macy Stafford. – This book really had me thinking. I think it will lead to some self improved changes. I loved it! I will need to find time to write more on these books and reflect on their impact. Right now I just keep on reading!
4. Eat That Frog By Brian Tracy. I love lists. Love love love lists. Maybe a little unhealthy obsession with them, but there could be worse things right? This book was a super quick read but it helped put perspective on prioritizing things and making better lists. A super fast and informative book. A good reminder that we can’t do everything and we need to prioritize.
5. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up By Marie Kondo. I needed this book. I need to follow everything it says. We have way TOO much stuff! It will be a big undertaking and I’m not sure yet when I’m going to start but it needs to happen. To be honest, I’m not sure where all the stuff has come from! I’ve started… but I still have much to do.
6. You are a Badass. How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. By Jen Sincero. I read this book as part of my Royally Fit bookclub. It is a good read. I think every woman should read it! It was uplifting, positive and on point. The examples were relative and her language just adds to the realness of it all.
7. Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible. By Brian Tracy. I also read this book for my Royally Fit bookclub. This was a quick read but not a delightful read for me. I felt the examples were not exactly relevant to my life and I was happy to finish it. There were good points in the book for sure, but it didn’t feel like it was new information or things I hadn’t already read elsewhere. This book just didn’t speak to me and I was happy to close it up and be done with it.
8. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. By Don Miguel Ruiz. I read this book also for my Royally Fit bookclub. I had some extreme deja vu while reading it but I can not actually remember reading it before. It was a great practical book that I read in two days over a weekend. This quick read is a good read for anyone. I will re-read this one for sure! I even took pictures of some of the pages that spoke to me.
9. Kids Under Pressure: How to Help Your Child Cope with Stress. By Karen Sullivan. I really enjoyed this book and it really spoke to me as a parent. It made me realize some of the things I am doing right, how to understand my son better who suffers from anxiety and a lot of self pressure, and some things I can work on. It also was eye opening that although this book is older it explained the world as it is today and I would cringe to think at what some of the statistics were today as society has further modernized. The last 1/5 of the book I could have done without, but I read it in its entirety anyway.
1. The Total Money Makeover. By Dave Ramsey. I started this book last June and never finished it. It makes sense, but it wasn’t what I thought I was going to be reading when I first picked it up. I selected it based on a recommendation in another book, and it has great information in it, but just was not pertinent enough to keep me reading it. I might finish it or reread it someday. His method is realistic if debt reduction is your goal. I made it to about 50% completion.
Have you recently read a book you couldn’t put down? Do you have a read on the go you would like to recommend? I’d love to hear it! I’ve got many to read over the next few years!