I know this might shock some of you, but I’ve decided to begin developing a reading habit during 2021. I think we can all agree that quiet time is precious and making that time for yourself is even more precious. I’ve started setting aside about 30 minutes everyday to help start my reading habit and plan to continue this throughout 2021. I honestly never would’ve called myself a “reader” before, but let’s be honest, we all read stuff on our phone all day long. That counts, right? I’ve been wanting to set my intentions for this year to read one new book a week. Again, I know this may sound crazy, but I love setting goals for myself each year. Rather than spending my free time scrolling through Instagram or Tiktok for hours on end, I’m publicly holding myself accountable to reading and expanding myself this year. I love self improvement and business related books, so this is going to be the center of my reading journey. If you want to take on this challenge with me, check out the 44 books I’ve chosen for this year! Fingers crossed we all make it to 44!
This is the one I started this whole journey with so it needed to be the first one I talk about. I loved this book from cover to cover and am so glad that it was my first book of the year. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, talks about how we can transform our lives with little changes in our behavior. Things like waking up five minutes early or taking a walk every morning have the power to change your life.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg discusses the idea of why we do what we do and how we can turn our lives around by editing our habits. He talks about how exploring these changes can benefit our lives and how we do business in the long run.
Sometimes it’s hard to know how to talk to people in certain situations. Luckily, Leil Lowndes has all the answers in his book How to Talk to Anyone. I’m so intrigued by his 92 techniques and can’t wait to start implementing them into my relationships.
I don’t know if I’m part of the 5 AM Club just yet, but reading this book might help to get me on board. Harrison definitely helps to make sure I’m up early, but I still need that extra time in the morning for just me. Robin Sharma’s idea that owning your morning to elevate your life has really stuck with me and I think it definitely will stick with a lot of you too.
This book seems super interesting! Robert Kiyosaki explains his experiences with two very different father figures and how they shaped his idea about money and investing. Rich Dad Poor Dad kicks myths about being rich to the curb by explaining the differences between working for money and your money working for you. Again – a very interesting topic.
I’m a big believer in not using excuses to get away with things in life, so I’m honestly so excited to read this book by Brian Tracy. Self discipline is something that we all should learn how to do at some point in life. No Excuses shares how we can achieve success in major aspects of our lives through self discipline. I can’t wait to read about these techniques!
We have the power to change our own lives, but figuring out when and how can be tricky. Eckhart Tolle wrote The Power of Now to help his readers understand that they are the creators of what happens in their own lives, and how important it can be to live our lives in the present.
Ever wonder how to reach your dreams? What steps to take, where to begin, how to get there. The 10X Rule helps us find out exactly the answers to these questions in your head. Get ready to achieve your dreams with the help of Grant Cardone and his expertise.
I think we can all agree that getting stressed out at work is inevitable, but Unlimited Memory explains how we can focus and concentrate on specific tasks at hand. Kevin Horsley talks all about productivity and learning strategies to manage stress at work and in life.
Timothy Ferriss wrote The 4-Hour Body to help men and women make small changes to our fitness goals and sex lives to produce amazing results. He talks about understanding our bodies and what we’re capable of to becoming superhuman.
Mindset is everything, but how exactly do we change our mindset? Jim Kwik wrote Limitless to help readers understand how our brains even work and how we do have the ability to accomplish more in our lives. According to Kwik, it’s all about mindset, motivation, and methods.
This book was actually written in 2005, but has evolved and been edited overtime to reflect the 21st century. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill helps us set standards for motivational thinking by sharing philosophies about success.
I love learning about introverts and extroverts and why we are the way we are. Quiet, written by Susain Cain, argues the idea that introverts are undervalued and how we lose so much in life by doing that.
Dr. Aziz Gazipura wrote Not Nice to encourage readers to start being unapologetically themselves. There’s nothing wrong with being your true authentic self. Not Nice educates us on how to say no, how to speak up, and how to stop being “too nice.”
The 80/20 Principle is such a fascinating topic about how we can do more with less. Richard Koch writes about the idea that achieving more in life is possible with less effort and time. He shares how this idea works and how we can use it in our personal and professional lives.
Dr. Gary Chapman wrote The 5 Love Languages to help his readers learn how to approach situations in relationships by teaching approaches for showing and receiving love. Understanding your partner and having your partner understand you is so important for maintaining a healthy relationship.
Any talk about women in the workplace and I’m all ears. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg helps to offer advice on how we as women can combine professional achievement and personal fulfillment to create support in and out of the office.
Elon Musk is a biography by Robert Hanson about the one and only, Elon Musk. This book tells the details of Elon Musk’s life from childhood to success to what he still plans to do with his career next.
Ever wonder why we think the way we do? You need to read this one! Daniel Kahneman’s best seller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, talks about our mind, it’s two systems, and how they shape our decisions. It’s such a fascinating read.
Steal Like an Artist is Austin Kleon’s guide to being more creative and discovering new ways to be creative. He talks about how we should embrace influence and the work of others as inspiration for new creativity and how we shouldn’t risk being “boring” in this life.
This practical guide toward personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz helps explain the ancient Toltec wisdom of The Four Agreements. In this book we learn how we can change our lives by stepping away from specific beliefs and values that promote unnecessary negative emotions.
I feel like we’ve all been in situations where we overthink and can’t get away from those repetitive feelings. In Don’t Overthink It, Anne Bogel writes about strategies we can implement when we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations that cause us to overthink.
Needing advice on dating, marriage, and sex? Relationship Goals is the ultimate guide to relationships in every part of your life. The good, the bad, and the ugly – Michael Todd has all the answers.
Admiral William H. McRaven wrote Make Your Bed to help explain the idea that even the littlest things in life, like making your bed, can change your life for the better. I definitely do try to make our bed every day, but maybe it’ll turn into a better habit after reading this one!
If you love taking control of situations, The 48 Laws of Power is the manual for you. Robert Greene wrote this book as a guide for anyone looking to gain, observe, or defend against ultimate control or power. I think it’s definitely an interesting topic that raises a lot of discussion.
Dr. Peterson wrote 12 Rules For Life to discuss practical rules for life that help to influence the mind. This book focuses on life theories and methodologies with a lot of additional research to support the ideas.
The power of maintaining and not having to stress about financial freedom for yourself is a dream. I can’t wait to read Money Master The Game by Tony Robbins for all the steps to securing financial freedom. Making sure my family and I are all set is my number one priority.
The secret to making friends and influencing others lies between the pages of How to Win Friends by Dale Carnegie. This book supposedly teaches people how to be successful in business and in life by winning people over.
I love learning about human history and have been meaning to read Sapiens for a while! This book talks about history and science while challenging common thoughts about being human. Why we do what we do, why we think the way we think, etc.
Rachel Hollis is such a girl boss. She wrote Girl, Stop Apologizing to encourage and inspire women to live their lives to its fullest potential. This book has that tough love and deep honesty that I think a lot of women would benefit from reading.
The Art of War by Sun-Tzu is about strategic thinking based on old manuscripts from China. While this is definitely more of a challenging read, I think it’s a great one to enhance our knowledge about ancient history.
Sometimes it’s just way too difficult to fully clear your head. Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott helps readers learn how to stop worrying, how to relieve anxiety, and how to eliminate negative thinking. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone and your feelings are valid.
Any book that has to do with following your dreams and achieving greatness, I’m all about. The Alchemist is an amazing book relating to a journey of self-discovery and incredible opportunity.
I feel like all of these books are just going to convince me that I need to wake up earlier in the mornings! The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod, is about taking control of your life, even just by waking up at 8AM instead of sleeping in until 10AM.
The 9-5 life really isn’t for everyone. The 4-Hour Workweek shares insight to how there’s no need to follow that strict norm that society says we should be following. Live more, work less.
The girl power that that comes from this book makes me want to read it even more. The 5 Second Rule teaches readers to become confident, break habits of self-doubt, stop worrying, and overall feel happier by learning to no longer hold ourselves back.
Investing is something Kevin and I have been very interested in for a while now, especially with our short-term rentals. The Intelligent Investor is the ultimate guide for value investing and reaching your financial goals.
For all my girls out there needing advice on how to keep a man interested without losing yourself in the process, Never Chase Men Again is your new go to. Bruce Bryans has all the secrets you’ve been needing right here in this book!
Everyone has an Ikigai, your reason for living. I’m really excited to read this one because I love the topic of self discovery and finding your passions in life. This book focuses on the Japanese secret to living a long and happy life.
The Law of Attraction is such an intriguing idea that we can attract more of what we do want and less of what we don’t want. The book is filled with tips and tricks and even a secret 3 step formula!
This one teaches us how to be more persuasive in our professional and personal lives. Chris Voss says that life is a series of negotiations and it’s important to be prepared. Never Split the Difference teaches readers how to have a leg up in any conversation.
I’ve always believed that our mindset affects our daily lives and the decisions we make along the way. Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck helps readers understand mindset and how changing the way we think can really affect the way our lives pan out.
Getting Things Done
Stress-free? Yes please. David Allen wrote Getting Things Done (GTD) as the “bible” for stress-free productivity. He talks about time management and how the GTD method — breaking down the bigger picture items into smaller tasks.
Successful people achieve greatness through self-discipline. No Excuses teaches us how to achieve success in all areas of our lives by no longer allowing ourselves to let excuses get in the way. We have the power to take control of our lives.