After years of going to school I’ve started to get back into reading again. I used to feel so swamped with all of the textbooks I had to read, that I slowly stopped reading for fun. Then I found Audible – it’s fantastic! I am now able to enjoy books while I am driving to and from work, and while I am doing things around the house. It has worked great for me, and I’m so happy to have reading (aka listening) back in my life.
I’ve been compiling my Audible wish list from things I have found around the internet. I’m happy to bring it all together for my first reading list for the year. My goal is to read all of the books on this list by the end of 2016. Without further adieu let’s bring on the books!
#1 GAME OF THRONES
I know, I know, I’m kinda late to the game. I started reading this series last year and am absolutely loving it! I’m currently on book 4 and can’t wait to get through the entire series. At first I found it a little hard to follow along with the different characters, but by half way through the 1st book I was completely hooked! I’m going to assume that most of you have heard of the Game of Thrones so I won’t bore you with a description, just know that it is so worth the read.
#2 WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD
An old coworker of mine showed me this series a few years ago and I really enjoyed it. I had completely forgotten about it until more recently, and this year I want to finish up the series. The books are action packed thrillers with all female leads from various realms of the otherworld – wearwolves, vampires, witches, and more. This series uses a fresh angle for the fantasy theme, and is a definite page turner. I’m looking forward to finishing the series and checking out Kelley Armstrong’s other otherworld related books.
#3 THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I had to add it to my reading list to round out all of my non-fiction choices. I generally like to have 1 fiction, and 1 non-fiction book on the go at any given time. This fast paced thriller is supposed to hook you from the beginning when something happens on an everyday commuter train and everything spirals out of control from there. The 3 main narrators are told to be a hot mess that bring together a masterpiece of a book. I’m really looking forward to checking this one off my 2016 reading list.
I read this in January and related to Sophia every step of the way. I found it really interesting to read about a less traditional path to success. This book is for all those more alternative girls out there who may have dropped out of school (this girl right here), or may have found it hard to hold down a job, but have a creative passion in one way or another. #Girlboss goes over some important business lessons, and tips for running a business, or finding and holding down a job. I highly recommend it for all those girl bosses out there.
As you may have noticed when I was describing #Girlboss I’m a total sucker for biographies. I like reading about other peoples lives, and seeing life through a different perspective. I’ve always been intrigued by the path that Drew Barrymore has led throughout her life as a former child star to a business owner and philanthropist. Wildflower is supposed to be an easy and delightful read, and I’m happy to include it as some light reading for my 2016 reading list.
Total disclosure here, all of these self help books are recommendations from Kalyn Nicholson that I’ve gathered from her different videos. If you haven’t heard of her, check her out on YouTube, or on her blog. I have a total girl crush on her, and if you enjoy my blog, you’ll definitely enjoy hers as well.
#6 THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
I’ve been interested in the idea of the law of attraction for quite some time, but haven’t put too much thought into it. I’m a positive person, and believe in karma and receiving what you put out into the world, so when Kalyn recommended this book I thought it would be a great one to add to my 2016 reading list. If you’re into all of that self discovery positivity stuff then this’ll probably be a great choice to add to your reading list too.
#7 THE POWER OF HABIT
I thought this would be a good read to add because of my quest for constant improvement and developing important habits that will last throughout my life. I can be off and on with fitness kicks, and this is the year I want to cement healthy living as a habit. I’m hoping this book will help give me insight into the development of habits, and help me achieve my goal. I have started this book with Audible and found the narrator to speak a little slow, so I upped the speed to 1.5x for an easier listen. This book has tons of great reviews and I’m looking forward to the insight I should gain from this book.
#8 THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
This book comes recommended for those wanting to make changes in their life. It is about recognizing the self beliefs that hold us back. The main take aways I can find in reviews include: mean what you say, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. This book should act as a good re-enforcer of my current beliefs and help to cement them in my day to day life.
#9 BIG MAGIC
I enjoyed Eat Pray Love and Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talks, and have heard a lot of great reviews of this book. Big Magic is all about your creative craft, and having the courage to put your creativity out into the world. I thought it would be very fitting to include on my reading list as I am embarking on my blogging journey this year, but it should be a good read for any creative out there.
BONUS – JOURNAL STYLE BOOK
This is yet another recommendation from Kalyn Nicholson. She talked about it in her recent Obsessions video, and I absolutely adore the idea of a journal like this. I find it hard to set aside time to write in a journal everyday, but when I do set aside the time I really enjoy the bit of me time, self reflection, and memory keeping that I get from journalling. The Q&A journal asks a question of you every day – nice and simple. I think it will be a great way to get into the habit of journalling, and provide a neat way to reflect on how I change over the years.
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So there you have it, my 2016 reading list. I’m always on the look out for more books to add to my list so please leave a comment below of some of your favourite reads, or let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought about them.
Until next time,
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