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16 of the Best Books to Read for a Better You
MY 2018 READING LIST
- Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager – Super excited to read this one because I love behind the scenes stories (not just of famous people, but also stuff like how they make all those super cool recipe videos or how they make baseballs), and I think Jenna Bush Hager is the most adorable member of the Today Show Cast. I also have sisters so I expect to be emotionally challenged (read: will need tissues) by this one.
2. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequest – I have heard great things about this book and I have a feeling it will speak directly to a few of the things I struggle with in my daily life (read: continuous social media scrolling).
3. Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruz – Truth: This book was on my list last year and I read 3 chapters and then misplaced it and now we are here.
4. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks – This was recommended by a business podcast I listen to, so I don’t know all that much about it but will report back when I do!
5. Happiness by Randy Alcorn – I have read (and reread) Heaven, also by Randy Alcorn, so I believe this book will be just as wonderful and I hope equally as life-changing!
6. The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler – I listen to Matt Chandler’s sermons via podcast regularly and he really understands how to communicate the gospel in a clear but easy to digest way. Looking forward to this one, for sure.
7. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – This was also on my list to read last year, but I gave away every copy I bought as a gift. Luckily, I recently (re)discovered the Library, which is a free place to rent books. And since I am a year (or two) late on this one, there are copies waiting for me to check out. I think I can get used to this Library thing.
8. Radical by David Platt – Goodreads recommended this book and it seems right up my alley. Looking forward to checking it out.
9. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt – A behind the scenes (I really do love these) look at what makes Google work from corporate culture to being a company of disruptors. The business side of me can’t wait to start and finish this one.
10. A Simplified Life by Emily Ley – Transparency: I am almost done with this one (and it is helpful and pretty enough you could display it all year), and I have picked up so many great tips on how to declutter all areas of your life and get a little more breathing room. Can’t recommend this one enough for every woman in your life.
11. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – This was another Goodreads recommendation but I have heard Dave Ramsey speak about it on his Podcast as well.
12. The 4-Hour Work Week Timothy Ferriss – By the title alone, I am super interested in this one.
13. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – I could probably use a bit more of this winning friends business, and I have heard from many a respected leader that this is a must-read.
14. How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber – My mom has recommended this book to me and said it was the single best parenting book she ever read. My sisters and I all seemed to turn out pretty well, so I hope there are some great tips I can use as little Kinsley starts talking more and more!
15. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – This has been recommended for a few years in my industry so I am a little late to the game, but want to be sure I catch up on this book in the next year.
16. If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas – I started reading this book last year and it was really interesting, but I lost focus and didn’t finish. It is all about how things have changed from the time the Founding Fathers put together our republic to the government we have now.