My 2018 Book List

As I review my year, I look back on the best books that I read. I always have a book on my nightstand and one in my audible account.

Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

The Success Principles by Janet Switzer and Jack Canfield. I listened to this book but definitely think I need to get the hard copy to refer back to (like daily). This is the revised edition of Jack Canfield’s classic best seller. It’s a guide to help you transform your life for success. Jack, you may remember, is the author of Chicken Soup For The Soul. I had the opportunity to go to one of his conferences and was really blown away. He will help you get from where you are to where you want to be. He will help you increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges and live with more passion and purpose. The reason why I want the hard copy is that he has 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history that you can adapt for your life each day!

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Pretty sure all of my followers have read this one! If you have ever felt like everyone else has life figured out and you don’t, read this book! As the founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis is showing us how to live fearlessly despite the messiness of life. She exposes 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively. She is painfully honest and quite funny. If you haven’t yet listened, I interviewed Rachel on The Empowered Mama podcast. It’s by far one of my favorite episodes of all time!

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers. Here’s the deal. This is your one chance at life. You can have anything you want. What is worth doing? Most people don’t know why they’re doing what they are doing. They imitate others, go with the flow and follow paths without making their own. This book is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough and doing what matters. It is what Derek Sivers learned in 10 years of starting a business that he later sold for millions. A life worth living starts with knowing your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I might have to re-read this one as half of it went over my head. Maybe I was going too fast! Kahneman studies behavioral psychology, behavioral economics and happiness. It will change the way you think about thinking. Basically, we have two systems that drive how we think. One is fast, intuitive and emotional. One is slow, deliberate, logical. By understanding this, you can trust your intuition and tap into the benefits of slow thinking.

Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. You know Shonda! She is the writer of hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her. I really enjoyed this book and have quoted Shonda many times since reading it!

Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel. The less you have to do, the more life you have to live. I read this book because it is very much tied to how I’m aiming to live. I am done with being busy. The book will help you streamline your life (personally and in business). He teaches how to use technology to automate things and how to create processes to be more efficient. Ari looks at three fundamentals of wellness - fitness, sleep and nutrition and provides approaches to improve in each of these areas. Concept wise, I very much like it. Sometimes, it felt like a big commercial though for many kinds of products. Just know you will get lots of resources. If you listen to it, make sure to keep a pen handy. You will want to keep notes! If you like 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, you’ll like this book!

I didn’t list all of the books that I read; just my favorites. Also, just assuming that you are not in the market to read 1001 Ways To Market Your Book or The Wealthy Speaker 2.0. For fun, I read a little fiction. I LOVED The Teagirl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See and The Secret To Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey. Wanting to brush up on understanding of our country, I read Coming Apart by Charles Murray. Honestly, I’m still trying to get through that one! Right now, I’m listening to Designing Your Life by Dave Evans and reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. I so wish that I loved to read this much when I was younger. I truly believe it is one of the best things I do for myself and for my growth. I would love love love to hear your book recommendations!

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