Did you know that the average American reads less than one book a year? Pretty pathetic! We all know how important it is to read, but so many of us do not make it a priority.
Because I know how much reading helps me grow and learn, and because I love to read, I set a New Year's Resolution to read 100 books in 2014. That's almost two books a week. I know, it sounds like a lot, but I listen to books on Audible — when I'm driving or doing dishes or gardening — so this enables me to read a lot more than I would normally be able to.
In this new monthly series, I'll post my list of the books I've read each month.
Not only will this help me stay on track and stay committed to my goal, but it will give you all ideas for books to read.
Note: I've included links to Amazon so you can click and order the books you're interested in (there are affiliate links which help me support my blog).
Books I Read: January 2014
Not all of the books I read are about food or health. Some are about spirituality, some are about parenting, some are about history, and some are about business. I tend to read non-fiction, so you won't see a lot of fiction titles on my lists.
I will be posting book reviews for some of these books — so stay tuned.
1. The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner
Wow — what a fascinating book! I plan to write a book review on this one. I've just started learning how to do “tapping” or EFT — and it's amazing. It's a way of clearing “stuck” attitudes, fears, negative emotions, anxieties, physical pain, etc. by tapping on the energy meridians.
I promise to write most posts about my results with tapping.
Note: If you are into tapping, please comment below — I'm curious to hear from you!
2. Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World by Stuart Diamond
I've started reading this book already and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's all about how to negotiate better and how to, well… GET MORE.
Whether you're cutting a business deal or negotiating a raise or trying to get your husband to take a vacation with you, trying to get your APR lowered on a credit card, or trying to get your child to go to bed earlier, this book gives you the tools to GET IT DONE!
3. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban
I'm a big fan of billionaire, Mark Cuban. If you don't watch him on Shark Tank, you should check it out — it's one of my favorite shows.
I also reading love any books I can get my hands on about successful people. I figure I can always learn something from them — and I always do!
This book taught me a ton about the importance of staying committed to your goals, having a positive attitude no matter what, and the importance of READING to become (and stay) successful. Mark says he reads 3-5 hours a day and it is one of the top things he attributes to his success.
I guess I'll keep reading…
4. This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan
This is the perfect book for the new year. It's all about how to set goals and how to stay committed so you can achieve your goals.
If you are ready to get inspired and ready to stay on track to get results this year, you need to get this book.
5. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
If you like history, this is a truly fascinating book. Pretty violent (hey, it was the Middle Ages), so if that kind of thing upsets you, you might want to skip it.
I tell you what, this book really helped me be grateful that I am alive in our modern world. Having laws and government and police is a good thing.
6. Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
I really liked this book. It reminded me a little of another book, Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter. This one had a lot of other information in it, though — so it's worth reading both books.
If you are worried that your kids (or you) are watching too much TV, playing too many video games, texting too much, you need to read this book.
7. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
I really enjoyed this book. It's about why “carrots and sticks” don't work — not in the long term. It's about how to motivate people — whether it's your kids or your husband or your staff — in a way that will produce great results over time.
8. The Child Whisperer, The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children by Carol Tuttle
I'm a big fan of Carol Tuttle and this book is amazing! It's all about how to relate to your children based on their “energy type”. I just finished this book a few days ago and it's already made a huge difference in my relationship with my daughter.
If you have children, you simply have to get this book!
What About You?
What are you reading? Please share in the comments!
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