One of my goals for this year was to read more books.
I’ve always enjoyed reading, but for the past couple of years I’ve been a little lazy with it.
So I decided it was finally time to get back in the game and show that side of me some love.
As of today, I’ve consumed (read/listened to) a total 15 books, which was more than I planned for the entire year!
These books have all helped me in some way, so here are some titles to add to your To Be Read list!
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HEre’s what I’ve read so far:
1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
5/5. The first read of the year! It delve into Rhimes’ life and how she struggled with saying no way too often. She challenges herself to say yes to things that makes her uncomfortable for an entire year and WOW. I felt inspired to adapt to a Year of Yes of my own.
2. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
4.5/5. It starts off with Flanders going on a year long shopping ban and she ends up getting rid of a lot of stuff in the process. I fell IN LOVE with this book and the author because she writes so beautifully. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking to save money, be a more conscious consumer, or downsize.
3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
5/5. I listened to this one and it was 19 hours long, but worth it because she narrates it! It was interesting to get a behind the scenes look into her life, relationship with Barack Obama, and time as First Lady. I already adored her since she’s a tall woman like myself, but this book made the heart meter go UP. Plus, it inspired this blog!
4. You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
4/5. My first financial read ever and yes, I’m a fan of the Badass series. It set a lot of what I’m doing right now in motion and the main thing I got out of it was exposure to some of the negative thoughts I had about money. This read changed how I view money and the people who have loads of it, as well as, made me think about what role I want to play when I reach that point.
5. Home Body by Rupi Kaur
3.5/5. Not going to lie, I was a little dissapointed in this one. It was still good, but it didn’t HIT like Milk and Honey or The Sun and Her Flowers. It could be because I’m a different person than I was when I initially ready the others, but I don’t know. I will say, I’m not ready give up on her just yet though.
6. Badass Habits by Jen Sincero
4/5. Sincero talks all about habits in this one. How to create and break them. One of the reasons I love her work is the way she puts things into perspective and that’s exactly what this book was. Super easy to digest and it helped me make better decisions with my time.
7. Hurricanes by Rick Ross
4/5. I don’t know what made me get this one, but I ended up listening to it and it’s narrated by Ross himself. (His voice is very theraputic btw). He talks about his upbringing during the crack epidemic and his journey through fame.
8. Gay Girl Good God by Jackie Hill Perry
5/5. Up until I listened to this, all I ever heard of Perry were messages I found on Youtube. I knew nothing about her personal life, so I was intrigued to find out that she was previously gay and is now married to a man with kids. As she told her story, it gave me a different perspective on the LGBTQ+ community, the church, and the two intertwined. Not to mention, her word-flow is out of this world.
9. Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
5/5. This was THE biblical approach to ‘self help’. I felt like this book really made me sit down and do some serious rewiring upstairs. It was very needed and an easy read.
10. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
4.5/5. Lots of bombs were dropped, some figuratively and others starting with F. Overall, it was very digestible and it helped me realize what is and isn’t worth caring about. I’ve been working on letting go of my perfectionist tendencies for a while, and this sealed that door shut.
11. Adventures in Opting Out by Cait Flanders
4.5/5. This picks up right after The Year of Less and it did not disappoint. She talks about her journey while choosing a different life path than the one society prescribes for us (career, marriage, kids) and her discoveries along the way!
12. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
5/5. The first book I’ve read by her and I fell in LOVE. Like the previous one, Brown talks about life as an outsider, not fitting into molds, and belonging in this world. Such a beautiful book and I think everyone should read this.
13. Winning the War in Your Mind by Craig Groeschel
5/5. It was very similar to Get Out of Your Head, but a more dissected version. This was all about the mindset and creating weapons with scripture to help fight daily battles. So great.
14. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
6/5. PLEASE. If not any other book on this list, THIS ONE. Comer talks about busyness, the importance of rest, and how we can find that in Jesus. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
15. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
4.5/5. Finally! A just for fun read (mystery). This one started off a little slow, but picked up speed about midway. It kept me engaged, guessing, and invested in the characters. It could’ve been a little more dark and twisty, but it was still good.
16. Dangerous Prayers by Craig Groeschel (currently)
So far, so good. He talks about praying without playing it safe. So far, it’s centered around Psalms 139:23- 24 and he breaks down each part of the scripture and gives ways to really dig deep in your prayer life.
And, that’s it! If you have read or plan to read any of these, let me know how you liked them!
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