Happy New Year everybody! It’s here, 2019, a new year and a clean slate to achieve new goals. I don’t know about you but I’m all about writing new year’s resolutions. There’s just something so powerful about writing down your goals for the new year that is super motivating for me. Last year, I wrote a blog post on How to Write a New Year’s Resolution and Stick to It in 4 Simple Steps which will help you come up with yours if you are wanting to write one.
One of my goals for 2018 was to read 1 book a month. I ended up reading 24!! Once I started I simply could not stop. When I gave myself this goal I thought, “How in the world will I read 1 book a month?” and “I don’t have time to read”.
Well it turns out, I was right. I really don’t have time to sit down, have no distractions and read a book. So I subscribed to Amazon’s Audible. It’s a little under $15/month and you get 1 credit every single month to purchase any book you want. Once you purchase that book, it’s yours forever. You can even send a free book to a friend if they haven’t received one already. This is genius! I found myself listening to books several times a day. I did most of my “reading” during my 35 minute commute to and from work, but also while cleaning my house, running, waiting at the doctor’s office, shopping, and even while bathing (yes while taking a bath).
Once I finished one, I was eager to get another one. Raymond and I share an account so we both listen to some of the books together so its a win win. Here is a full list of all the 24 books I listened to and my top 5 favorites. If you are wanting to start reading more this year, I highly suggest starting with one of my top 5 since they are so so so good and pretty popular.
It’s important for me to mention that some of these books I do not agree 100% on. You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well I took that literally and didn’t allow some of these book titles to turn me off. I have learned that in life you do not have to agree with something (or someone) fully to learn something from it (them). So that’s what I did. I took chapters of each book and accepted them and learned a lot from them, and from others I simply rejected the teaching if it did not align with my faith.
Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018
- Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth – I have recommended this book to every woman I know. It debunks lies that we have been fed since we were little girls by going through what the Bible says. Lies like, “I don’t have time to do everything I am supposed to do”, “This is who I am”, and “I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings”. After I finished it, I vowed that I would read this book once a year.
- Girl Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis – This book is to thank for lighting a fire under my butt the last half of the year. First off, I am obsessed with Rachel Hollis. She is a total boss and so inspiring. She is a tough coach that will set you straight and encourage you at the same time.
- The Story: the Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee – This is the book I would recommend to read if you have never read the Bible. It goes through the stories in order and if you hear it on Audible, the stories come alive. Every character is read by a different voice, it has music and a narrator telling you the struggle of the current time in history. Start with this book and then move on to the Bible before, everything will make so much more sense.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – This book was incredible! It shows you how habits form and how you can rewire them. Some of my favorite parts were hearing the stories of how toothpaste and Febreze became household necessities. How these companies figured out peoples habits and made these two products worth billions of dollars.
- Evangelpreneur: How Biblical Free Enterprise Can Empower Your Faith Family and Freedom by Josh Tolley – If you have even a 10% entrepreneurial gift, read this book. It goes through stories on how people started their business and became successful. It teaches you that the only way to be wealthy is to be an entrepreneur. Sounds interesting huh?
24 Books in One Year
It was very hard to pick just 5 favorites because I truly learned so much from every single book I read. I am adding a star after other favorite titles that I loved.
6. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
7. Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
8. The Magic of Thinking Big: Aquire the Secrets of Success by David Schwartz
9. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
10. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
11. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Like by Mark Manson*
12. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
13. Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque*
14. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (before 8am) by Hal Elrod*
17. Mind Hacking: How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days by Sir John Hargrave
18. Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure*
19. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey*
20. The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris
21. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Garry Chapman*
22. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe The World by William H. McRaven*
23. Managing Oneself: Harvard Business Review Classics by Peter Ferdinand Drucker
24. How to Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Joyce Bean
There you have it friends! The entire list of the 24 books I read this year. Thank you for reading and let me know if you have read any of these or if you have added them to your list for the year.