I’m not a crazy fast reader. I read probably at the same speed that you would read aloud, which is why I maintain that I go through so few books a year. I admire those who plough through fifty or more books in a year, but I self-recognize… that ain’t me. So, when I think of the books that I want to read in 2016, there are some that are top of my list. I always like to leave room for “as the mood hits me” on the TBR list, but in 2016 I’m in need of some major inspiration and supportive reading. Here’s what makes my top 10 list:
Daring Greatly and Rising Strong by Brene Brown
I’m reading these two books as part of the CourageWorks online course that Brene Brown offers. I hadn’t planned on this, and yes it’s another thing on my plate, but I could use a little more courage and bravery in my life. The course runs from Jan-April and required reading are these two books. I’m pretty pumped to learn more about the science behind bravery, vulnerability, shame and strength.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Considering how much I love Cheryl Strayed on Dear Sugar Radio and resonate with every quote of hers I read, I can’t believe I still haven’t cracked open Wild. It’s been sitting on my shelf for months, so I need to finally delve into the pages written by this woman whom I greatly admire.
MomShift by Reva Seth
I’m half way through this book at the moment, so perhaps it’s a cheat to call it a 2016 book when 50% was read in 2015. Bugger it, it’s on the list. I have this fear – possibly rooted in truth – that becoming a Mom will affect me when I return to work. Scratch that, I know it will affect me, but I guess I worry about it negatively affecting me. Will people think I’m a slacker for taking a year off? Will I be able to regain my same momentum? What happens when I decide to have another child? A friend of mine encouraged me to pick up this book and so far, I’m enjoying it much more than Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Lean In, to me, seems more geared for those women who want to be in senior positions. At the moment, I am not that woman. I want an interesting career, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t involve being on a senior leadership team. Seth’s book interviews hundreds of women in vastly different careers who adapted in different ways after becoming mothers. I look forward to the continued inspiration in the final half of the book.
ProBlogger: Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income by Darren Rowse
Let’s be clear… I don’t think I’ll ever make a serious income from blogging. I just don’t. BUT, this book has some great tips on how to make my blog better for my readers, so that’s why I’m reading it. For me, this blog has become an outlet, a way to commit myself to regular writing and a place to be vulnerable. If I am able to make a side-income, great. If not, I’d still write this blog for years to come.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Everyone I know that has read this book has enjoyed it. Any book that celebrates the love and impact of reading? That is a book that I need to read. Again, been on my bookshelf for months…
Written in the Stars by Ali Harris
Ms Harris made me cry like no other when I read The First Last Kiss in Southeast Asia. I’m ready for another emotional read and I’m pretty sure she can deliver.
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
Maybe it’s motherhood, maybe it’s other major life changes, but I can’t get enough of the concept of bravery right now. I look forward to reading this book of quotes to pull together some daily inspiration for myself. This is one of those books that I think I’ll just have to buy… sorry David! In theory, the goal was not to buy too many new books this year, but needs must.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In a weird twist of fate, having a son makes me even more passionate about feminism and wanting to instil strong beliefs in him. I want him to value all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, beliefs, what have you. To do this, I need to be better versed in the issues myself, beyond simply being born a woman! I’ve heard phenomenal things about this book, based on the Ted Talk. Time to give it a whirl.
Simplify by Joshua Becker
I keep bringing more and more crap into my house. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? I’m looking forward to reading this short book on how to live more with less stuff, tips to be clutter-free and how to remove that emotional tie from my stuff. Moving to a new house… I could use a more simplified approach to things.
So, that’s it. I obviously plan to read more than ten books this year, but these are top of my list for importance.
What’s on your 2016 reading list?