Books I Read: January 2014

by Ann Marie Michaels on March 6, 2014

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Books i read January 2014

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.

Click here to read the post I wrote about How I Knew My Daughter Was a Type 3.

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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Soli March 6, 2014 at 4:04 AM

*puts on librarian hat*

I’ve been reading slowly the last few months for obvious to me reasons (mother passing away and dealing with her estate), but I have decided I need to take more time to read. Got bookmarks in a LOT of books and I want to make headway. So there is…

Red land, Black land: Daily life in ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown (biography of Snorri Sturlsson, a 12th century Icelandic monk who is credited with chronicling a lot of the pre-Christian Nordic lore and sagas.)
Feed by Mira Grant (zombies!)
The Fairy Queen of Spencer’s Butte and other stories by Jolene Dawe (fantasy set around Eugene, OR, written by a good friend of mine)
Several books on witches and witch hunting in history because I am auditing a class on the subject.

I am also kinda doing a challenge via LibraryThing called Real Our Own Tomes. I have a lot of books on my shelves which have yet to be read and want to work on those rather than new shiny books.


denise March 6, 2014 at 5:17 AM

I read more then 80 books last year, so your goal is not impossible


Ellen March 6, 2014 at 6:18 AM

I read every day, always have…..can’t seem NOT to ;-) . I believe that with all the tablets and computers used in schools now, the goal is to lead the captives away from reading books, honest-to-God paper books that can be annotated and provide that tactile experience in the process. Just think, with all one’s reading materials either on one’s computer or even worse, online–seemingly at one’s beck and call, no power and/or no internet gives ya squat. THEY control what you get to read, if anything.


Donna March 6, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I try to read everyday but have been doing some major slacking this year. I have been packing up my house to move so I haven’t read much. Will be playing catch up once the house is packed and can relax.


Tosha March 6, 2014 at 7:32 AM

I read 37 books last year and started about 5 more that I didn’t finish. I didn’t listen but plan on listening to a few this year. It was so fun to revive my passion for reading after years of feeling like I was too busy through college and having three children. That also doesnt include the hours and hours spent reading to my children and reading my scriptures. I plan on reading at least that many books this year!


Stacy March 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I loved EFT or tapping! I did it for years with good results! Then I found Faster EFT and it has been SO much more profound and of course, faster!! YouTube Faster EFT so you can learn that- it has been a bigger game changer for me than regular EFT!


Donna d March 7, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Thanks for posting the reading list. It looks like we like a lot of the same topics so looking forward to reading a few of the selections.


Jennifer March 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

People should be aware that reading =/= listening to audio books. Recent studies have shown that people retain things far less when they are heard than when they are read. Given that we no longer live in an oral based culture, this makes a lot of sense.


Carol March 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Have also just started tapping and it is making a difference where other approaches have not.


B March 16, 2014 at 3:27 AM

Speaking of negotiating and effective communication, you might check out the books by Marshall Rosenberg.


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I second that! I find non-violent communication so, so valuable!


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