In one of my previous posts I shared my Christmas wish list, and on that list were a few books. At the end of the post, I had invited anyone interested in me sharing the books I recommend to like the post so I know to share my list. A few of you were interested in what books I recommend, so here I am today with the list!
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl: This book is a memoir written by a WWII survivor who went through the Nazi concentration camps. The memoir highlights his experiences and the story behind his survival. It’s incredibly eye-opening and moving, and it’s a book that really makes you want to keep coming back to it during difficult times in your life. While Frankl went through this horror story of an experience, he remained objective in his writing, talking about the nature of good and evil and the incredible strength every human holds within themselves. Purely genius.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey: Honestly, I am sure the majority of us have heard of this book at some point. When I had stumbled upon it in a book store, I flipped through it and read a passage and thought to myself “I should try reading this book”. That proved to be a very wise decision on my part. This book really shapes how you think and feel about yourself and your daily life. For anyone looking to truly learn about themselves, strengthen their core of being, and improve their life…this book is a must-read.
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: For any other self-help book to work and for any habit-changing goals you have, this book is a definite must. This book teaches you how to truly turn your habits around and finally make the changes you’ve been trying to make. For anyone who wants to succeed in business and in their personal life, I highly recommend reading this one. This books will help you become successful in any endeavor you choose – from business to hobbies.
- Ishmael by Daniel Quinn: The way Quinn cleverly tells the story of humanity, the flaws within our society and the beliefs we hold, makes this book incredibly difficult to put down because you want to keep finding out the messages laid out within the novel. It’s not often I come by a book that makes me question and re-assess my belief system and what I think I know about life, but this book is one of them. If you’re looking for a very unique story that will not only open your eyes to things you’ve been blind to before, but one that will inspire you as well…this is it.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: This book has been praised for decades and for good reason. Despite the name, this book isn’t a tool for manipulating people, in fact this is book will help you to not let others manipulate you. It teaches you how to convey thoughts, ideas, plans, etc. in such a way that makes other people interested. The book also teaches you how to carry yourself, hold your own, and how to improve your general social skill. A lot of the advice seems banal at first glance, but in reality the skills Carnegie teaches are essential for all people and he gives great examples and instructions. It was quite an entertaining read, despite the fact that he was teaching a lesson in social skills.
- How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White: Whether you live alone or have a family, this book can definitely, definitely help you become the best you can be at home management. Written by a hilarious and down-to-earth blogger who calls herself a slob, this book inspires even the most frazzled of us to take charge and finally get our sh*t together. I had read many books on this topic, but none that had been written by a person who isn’t naturally an organized clean-freak. White makes the topic of home management approachable, easy to perform, and helps you declutter your life and mind at the same time. I love that this books feels like you’re talking to a good friend, sharing the struggles of trying to manage your home without going bonkers. Not only is this book practical, but it’s simply hilarious and incredibly repeatable.
- The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck: Even though this book talks a lot about God and spiritual/religious faith, the lessons in this book are phenomenal take-home messages. I find this book really gives you food for thought and helps you feel grounded. If you are struggling with your outlook on relationships, love, life, or yourself, then getting this book just might help you overcome those inner battles. Even if you aren’t struggling with any of the aforementioned topics, reading this book will give you new insights and new ways of perceiving your life.
- Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki: While the author’s approach to minimalism is extreme, I found this ridiculously inspirational. I am not striving to be an extreme minimalist, with a family it’s impossible to do – at least with my family. However, it is unlike all other “find joy” type of decluttering books, this book is practical and filled with a lot of useful insights into today’s consumerist world. This book isn’t written by a professional decluttering master, it’s written by a Japanese fellow who decided to change his life and completely remove anything unnecessary in his life. Even though Sasaki takes minimalism very literally and is doing it to the extreme, I think this book is fantastic for anyone looking to clear out their home and/or change their way of thinking about things and owning stuff.
- The China Study by T. Colin Campbell: Forget all other diet and nutrition books out there, this is the only reference you’ll need. If you value your health, fitness, and life, you must go out and get yourself a copy. This isn’t a “how to” diet book nor is it a book on veganism or any other trend out there, it is simply about eating right for your body as a human being.
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch: While the book is a tragic true story of a man diagnosed with terminal cancer, there is enough humor in there to make it easier to get past those moments (even though you may shed a tear or ten). The lessons this man wants others to take from him are worth their weight in gold. This incredibly inspirational and emotionally charged memoir truly makes you rethink what matters most in life, and it makes you really stop to smell the roses. Everything Pausch talks about and teaches readers is about how to be the best version of themselves, how to love one another, and how to truly value the right things in life and to never take for granted your time on this earth.
Let me know of any books you think I should add to my reading list, and also please share your thoughts with me on any of the books you’ve read from this list.