Updated: Feb 4, 2020
I was sitting in the office with my assistant the other day and we were talking about her undergrad thesis paper when I had an idea for a new blog topic...the power and influence of reading positive books.
Since we’ve started working together, Julia and I have had tons of conversations about reading: novels, personal development books, the classics, business, the list gets longer all the time. We’ve bonded over this bibliophilia and it’s honestly brought us a lot closer. Then, just yesterday after I had started writing my first draft of this blog post, I was browsing my mentor’s blog (link below) and came across his article and podcast regarding “Why Readers are Leaders” and figured that this is a topic I shouldn’t stay silent about.
Just as I’ve grown closer to my assistant via my love of books, I know I’ll grow closer to you
all by sharing my favorite books and how they’ve influenced me personally.
A book can comfort you when you’re feeling down, calm you when you’re anxious, and guide you in times of struggle.
As an only child, I often sought companionship in the books I read. Instead of having siblings by my side
I had Anna Karenina and James Thurber. On that sentimental note, here are my 8 current favorite books that I’m either reading or have just re-read.
Here’s to lots of reading and getting lost in new worlds!
Personal Development and Business Books :
1)Your Best Year Ever, Michael Hyatt
The perfect little book to have by your side while thinking of/listing out your goals for the next year and decade, this book asks 10 challenging questions in order to help you develop your plan for what you’d like to achieve in the next year and how. From your successes to your failures, this book is perfect for anyone trying to grow their business or themselves in the next 12 months.
2) Necessary Endings, Henry Cloud
A book about knowing when and how to let go when something/someone isn’t working. Read if you have a difficult time letting go, or saying no!
3) Anatomy of Peace, The Arbinger Institute
Taking a new approach to teaching you how to resolve conflict (no matter how big or small). The story of Lou, the father of a teenage boy in rehab who learns to grow and accept different aspects of himself and those within his family.
4) Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey
Although I’m not reading this at the moment, it’s a great addition to have on hand, especially at the start of a new year and decade. A practical, seven-step plan to help you get out of debt and change your life by getting to the heart of most people’s money problems...themselves.
5) Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Because the newest movie version was just released, I’m re-reading this novel for my book club and have been loving it! A coming of age story about relationships and the struggles and joys of family life.
6) Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen
In need of a powerful, spiritual read? This meditation and reflection take a look at the story of the prodigal son from each person’s perspective--the wayward son, father, and older brother. Inspired by Rembrandt’s depiction of the Gospel story, Nouwen explores the themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation through a new look at this age-old story.
7) O Pioneers!, Willa Cather
The struggle between humans and nature, love and longing this novel tells the story of a young woman and her three brothers, all Swedish immigrants, attempting to maintain a foothold within the prairies of Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century.
8) Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
A stunning and in-depth representation of the small-town life in the South during the early 1900s following a scandal that unfolds within Cold Sassy, Georgia. Alternately, sad, funny and heartfelt this story will stay with you forever.
And here's the link to Michael Hyatt’s article, which I highly recommend!