Okay, I do occasionally have time to read maybe a couple of books each year but, I absolutely love books and I love learning. However, with two kids and a business, I don’t have the time that I used to. I was turned-on to audio books two years ago, and while I still prefer the real-deal, page turning pleasure of fiction novels, most of my educational reading has now been relegated to audio books. Think about it: If you commute just thirty minutes each way to work, you can knock out a book every week or so, which realistically could equal over twenty books per year. I certainly would have no time to read that many books any other way. This has been a fantastic way for me to take in so much life-changing information on everything from business and finance, to relationship advice and suggestions for healing trauma.
I use the Audible app on my phone for my book listening, but many public libraries offer lots of free options as well! Below is a list of most of the books I’ve listened to in the last two years, sorted by general category, with a super-short summary of what they are. Feel free to add to this list in the comments below, and share this blog if you find it useful! Enjoy!
LIFE PHILOSOPHIES AND GENERAL SELF-HELP:
“The Four Agreements” By don Miguel Ruiz
Four very simple, but profound guidelines for how to live righteously.
“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
This book is your hype man.
“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
How habits are formed and how to apply this information to start building great ones.
“The ONE Thing” by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan
There is not such thing as multitasking. How to REALLY be productive.
“Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert
What creativity is and how to foster it.
“Rising Strong” by Brené Brown
Learn how shame keeps us held down, and how to overcome it by being vulnerable.
“I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)” by Brene Brown
Overcoming the fear that we are alone in our feelings of inadequacy.
HEALING TRAUMA AND DEEPER SELF-HELP:
“Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Learn what trauma is, what the effects look like, and the influence it can be having on your health and well-being as an adult.
“Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress” by Belleruth Naparstek
Learn what causes trauma, and how healing can occur through guided imagery.
“In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction” by Gabor Mate
Explore all the sources of addiction, discover why it is such a huge occurrence in society, and look at a holistic approach to treatment.
LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS:
“The Path to Love” by Deepak Chopra
A beautiful explanation of what love actually is, and how to manifest self-love and to radiate love out to the world, and receive it as well.
“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
Not everyone feels loved as a result of the same kinds of gestures. Learn how to express love in a way your partner will recognize.
GAINING WEALTH AND ACHIEVING GOALS:
“The Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill
Fundamental rules for achieving your life goals.
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
The mindset necessary to gain wealth.
“The Seven Spiritual laws of Success” By Deepak Chopra
How to align the spirit with your goals.
“The E-myth Revisited: Why most businesses don’t work and what to do about it” by Michael E. Gerber
A must for entrepreneurs. You want to start a business but don’t know where to begin. This. This is where to begin.
“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek
A genuine passion is the only way an endeavor can succeed. Find your “why.”
“The Richest Man In Baylon” by George S. Clason
Narratives for reinforcing the idea of the law of attraction, and how to receive abundance.
“The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles
The idea that there are universal truths about manifesting our desires that are founded in science.