I know I have been mostly talking about motivation, success, and entrepreneur life, but today, I want to reach out to my fellow readers, too. Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed reading. Now, granted there have been times when I didn’t because of some pretty awful required reading for school. Fast forward to adulthood, and I can honestly say I do still find great pleasure in a good book.
Believe it or not, there are so many benefits to reading. For starters, reading is a great tool to keep you motivated--especially when you’re struggling. Reading about how other “normal” people have overcome various issues is very enlightening and keeps me hopeful and happy with my own progress. Reading can also help you increase your confidence, self-esteem, or any list of issues you may be experiencing. According to this awesome article I came across by LifeHack, there are 10 other reasons why reading is not only one of the coolest things ever, but it’s also a necessity we all should take up doing. Read more about it here.
So, this brings me to what I wanted to talk about. Recently, I was thinking of some books to add to my list for this year (more about that in another post), and I began to think about some pretty awesome ones I’ve already read. I know as busy, working professionals, there isn’t always much time to indulge in reading for pleasure, but I urge you to give it a try! You may be surprised at how much better your days seem because of a good book. Why not start out with one of these:
1. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostaud.
Okay, so it’s technically a play, I know. I couldn’t resist putting it on my list though! Who couldn’t resist a little comedy, war, and a love triangle gone wrong? This was also probably one of my favorite things I taught my last year in the classroom. My students did an amazing job making thinking map quilts to prove their understanding of key elements in this play.
So, why is Cyrano de Bergerac a good read? How can it really help us with our own lives? Well, this play serves as a reminder that we should not be afraid to act upon our interests and passions. It also shows how lying can lead to a life of turmoil and lack of fulfillment. Lastly, it made me realize that many people struggle with their imperfections and with living up to what society considers “beautiful”. You could also watch one of the movie versions after you've read to compare.
2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
I absolutely LOVE this novel. I have only read the abridged version (several times by the way), but it’s on my bucket list to read the full version one day. I love the adventure and the suspense. This is always a fun read and leaves me on the edge of my seat every time! This is one book that although you can take away some life principals, I really just enjoy reading it for the excitement and thrill of the adventures, love story gone wrong, and an example of tenacity like none other.
3. Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti by Bill Farrel and Pam Farrel
This book literally changed my marriage life! As a newlywed, I just could not come to terms with how different my relationship was with my husband after saying the big "I do". I know every married couple can relate! It wasn’t until I read this book that realized how differently my husband and I are wired. It truly allowed me to understand a different side of him, and gave me the patience I needed at times. I definitely recommend this to every newlywed out there!
4. 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This was another book that helped my marriage early on. When you marry someone, you don’t always realize that although you love each other, married life is not a fairy tale like the movies. You don't just get married and live "happily ever after", my dear. Marriage is not for the selfish, and boy did I realize how many selfish ways I had! This book helped me to pinpoint my husband’s love language (as well as my own), and it made it easier for my husband and I to cater to each other in the ways we needed it most. This book helped me realize that I cannot expect to please my husband in the same ways I want him to please me. Such a great read for every marriage at any stage.
5. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
When I first contemplated venturing into the entrepreneur life years ago, I came across this book from a business mentor. What I loved most about this read was the different perspective I gained on money. I, like many I’m sure, was taught the traditional beliefs about money. I’m now working to help my children understand money better and earlier than I did. I recommend this for anyone who is tired of being in a rut, and wants to know how to make your finances work better for you.
6. 10 Effective Ways to Start Your Business with Zero Dollars by Natasha ‘Tottie’ Weston
This is a good read if you feel money is holding you back from starting that business you know you’re destined to own! Although you will need to invest in yourself at some point in your business, this book gives you tips on what you can do in the meantime to get started with a solid foundation.
7. You Are a Bad*** by Jen Sincero
Okay, so I’m cheating a bit here. I’m halfway done with this one, but I really wanted to include it on my list because it has done wonders for my mindset! My friends will tell you that I’m pretty conservative, so initially, I admit the title threw me off. However, I’m so glad I went with it and began reading. I’m able to merge my faith with the tips Jen gives in this phenomenal read. She puts things in such a way that it makes what I’ve learned in my faith make more sense. If you are like I was--broken, suffering from limiting beliefs, and hopeless--then this is definitely the read for you!
So, there you have it! If you’re looking to add something different to your reading list, start with one of these. Which one will you give a try? (Don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think after (or while) you read.)
*Although this post contains affiliate links, the ideas and recommendations are my own. I simply earn a small percentage of the sales if you decide to purchase using the links in this post. :)