It’s that time again…time to start planning for the new year! One of my goals for this year is to read at least 12 books. Do you think I can do it?!
In full transparency, this is not the first year I resolved to read more and let’s just say I’ve never quite hit the mark. This year, however, I’m prepared with a list of books that I’m excited to crack open.
So far my list is comprised of six non-fiction books. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good novel, but the personal development/self-help genre is my go-to. I love learning about ways to grow and improve and just live my best life!
Over the years I’ve kept a list of interesting books I’ve come across on podcasts, blogs, from friends, or that have caught my eye at the book store. The list is constantly changing as I check off those that I’ve read and add new ones.
I’m starting with six books because I want to leave room to add more through out the year. And I would love recommendations!
Without further ado, here is my current reading list for 2019.
1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
One of the most anticipated books of 2018, Becoming gives a first hand account of the life and times of my favorite FLOTUS. I miss the Obamas in office, but I’m excited to read the juicy tidbits that went on behind the scenes and her path from the South Side of Chicago to Pennsylvania Ave.
I got a little taste of Michelle’s story while listening to her interview on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations Podcast, but I definitely want more! Michelle is just incredible and a role-model of mine, so this book is high up on my list!
2. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
This book has been on my radar for sometime. The title alone piqued my interest. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a badass?! From what I’ve read, this book has been life-changing for many people–full of tangible advice and hands-on exercises that you can apply immediately. And that’s exactly what I need. I want to let go of limiting beliefs and fear so that nothing can hold me back in the new year.
I had the chance to learn a little about the author when she was interviewed on the Good Life Project Podcast. Jen is super funny, down-to-earth, and relatable, which makes me want to read her book that much more.
3. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
I think we’ve all experienced at one time or another that nagging voice in our head that we can’t get rid of. The one that brings to mind all our worries, doubts, and anxieties. The Untethered Soul takes you on a spiritual journey to quiet that voice and separate you from your thoughts.
As someone who is always in my own head, over-analyzing and over-thinking, this book stood out when I first heard about it on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast (yes, I listen to this one a lot!). According to Oprah, the book will “help you find a greater sense of inner peace,” and that’s something I’m working on for next year.
4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
When it comes to personal finances, I’m not the worst–I have some money saved up, I’ve reduced my debt to just school loans, and I’m starting to dabble in investing–but I have a looong way to go. As we move into the new year I’m committed to improving my financial situation and decided read up on the subject.
After doing a bit of research, I decided on Think and Grow Rich, a personal finance classic and must-read. Written in 1937 and based on a series of interviews conducted with several self-made millionaires, this book has remained relevant for decades. It’s not just about how to make money, but the mindsets and habits required for long-term financial success.
5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The title of this book really speaks to me! For as long as I can remember people have called me “quiet.” And for as long as I can remember I have hated that label. I’ve always had this internal struggle of feeling like I needed to be louder and more outgoing and talkative, while being naturally inclined to listen and observe more than I speak.
I know how challenging it can be as an introvert living in what feels like an extrovert’s world. I like how this book speaks to the positive aspects of being an introvert and all that we bring to the table. I’m excited to read this one as it was featured on another one of my favorite podcasts, The Jordan Harbinger Show.
6. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards
Social science is fascinating to me. In college I took various psychology and anthropology classes, and earned my degree in sociology. What makes us interact the way we do? What do facial expressions and body language really mean? Vanessa dives into these questions and more to show you how to scientifically build deeper connections with the people you meet. This isn’t just a book, but more of a manual to help you improve your interpersonal intelligence and generally be less awkward in social interactions. I could definitely use some help in that department!
I heard Vanessa speak on various podcasts. She’s a behavioral investigator and is highly skilled in what she does. I like how her methods are backed by science, but she breaks it down for the average person to understand and apply. This should be a really fun and interesting read!