I've always been a reader. My mother's goal from the time I was young was to instill a love of reading in me - and she did! I used to follow her through the grocery store reading my book, eyes rarely leaving the pages. Most of my teenage & college years were spent devouring novels (and Seventeen magazine), but after I graduated I fell in love with non-fiction. Dave Ramsey always says "readers are leaders" and I've taken his words to heart, especially as I've worked to build my business.
Last year, I participated in Nancy Ray's book club and read one book each month. I learned so much! I started new habits, got to know myself better, and grew in intentionality. This year, I wanted to continue the habit, so I made my own list. Each book was selected with the desire to improve in a specific area of my life. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of business/productivity books on my list this year. I've broken the books into categories and linked each title to Amazon, in case you'd like to read any on the list!
- The Celebration of Discipline
- The Road to Character
- Sabbath Keeping
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
- Making Sense of God
That's 17 books total! That number may seem high to some people, and low to others, but it's manageable for where I'm at right now. I aim to read 12-15 pages per day, usually during a commute, over lunch, or before bed. If I get behind, I catch up on the weekend. My one struggle is applying everything I've learned to make real changes in my day-to-day life. I try to retain one new habit or perspective from each book I read.
What are some books you're excited to read in 2017? I'm always on the lookout for powerful reads, so leave your favorite in the comments below!