15 Books to Kick Start 2015

January Reading List

My January reading list includes 15 books to kick start 2015. I hope you find some inspiration for your reading enjoyment.

I also recommend using GoodReads to keep track of what you read and see what your friends are reading. 

1.   Unbroken is the story of the amazing life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track champion, and World War II veteran who survived a plane crash and forty-seven days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. I think the author, Laura Hillenbrand is one of the finest writers today. A young adult edition of Unbroken is now available.

2.   Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is one of my favorite self-help books. I am an introvert and feel there are many inaccurate stereotypes about introverts. Introverts are quiet but not necessarily shy. This book explains how introverts and extroverts differentiate. It is superb reading and will help both introverts and extroverts with their work and personal relationships.

3.   The Boys in the Boat is about the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. It is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.

4.   Descent is a thrilling story about a family’s search for a daughter that disappears on a summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains. I could not put this one down.

5.   The Nesting Place is more than a decorating book.  The book will help you let go of imperfections and realize there is beauty in the imperfections of life. Imperfections play a significant role in our homes and lives. Imperfections put people at ease. Once we learn to accept and find beauty in the imperfections,  we are free to take a risk in our home and create the home we’ve always wanted.

The author, Myquillyn Smith (the nester) writes a blog that I enjoy reading. She shares decorating ideas and other inspiration for your home.

6.   Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud is a helpful book for anyone who struggles with saying “no,” or those who allow others to take advantage of them.

7.   Keep It Shut explores how to control the tongue better, knowing what to say and how to say it, and realizing when it is best to say nothing at all.  A must-read book for women.

8.   Love, Skip, Jump is the inspiring story of  Shelene Bryan whose life took a dramatic turn when she took a trip to Africa to see if the children her family had sponsored through a food program were real. Before leaving Africa, she made a promise to the children that she would do all she could to help their plight. Out of that experience, Shelene founded Skip1.org, a charity dedicated to providing food and clean water to children in America and around the world.

9.   The Gift of Fear is a must-read book for women about protecting yourself from dangerous situations. I especially recommend this book to flight attendants and women that travel alone.

10.  Unglued is a helpful book for gaining more control in those unglued moments of life.

11.   Undaunted is an encouraging book. The author, Christine Cain shares how she transformed her life and overcame abuse, abandonment, fears, and other challenges. Christine offers insights about not only how to overcome trials, wrong turns, and often painful circumstances we all experience, but also how to grow from those experiences and be equipped and empowered to help others.

12.  Outliers: The Story of Success changed the way I look at success and achievement. Malcom Gladwell is a gifted writer. He believes that success is a gift. He explains how Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.

13.  The Happiness Project is a delightful book about finding ways to bring happiness to your life as well as others. I am a list maker and goal setter and can relate to the ideas Gretchen presents in her books.  Gretchen found ways to use her gifts to bless other people. This book will make you think about ways you can improve your life, home, and relationships. Gretchen’s other best-selling book is Happier at Home. I recommend it for families.

You can also read Gretchen’s blog here.

I just added her new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, to my reading list.

14.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a terrific guide to cleaning and organizing a living space. Marie Kondo discusses methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health. Read more about Marie Kondo and discover some of her home organization tips here.

15.  A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live is a beautifully written book. I discovered ways to live my life with more purpose and find ways to share my gifts with others.

I share more of my favorite books, journals, and goal-setting tools for 2015 here.

What are you reading this month?

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