WHAT DOES READING 40 BOOKS IN A YEAR GIVE YOU?

When you read a book it allows you to disappear into another reality, another realm.  At times it could you give guidance on life decisions, inspire you to take action or give you a peek into how others live their lives.  It is very easy to commit to a reading challenge, and then you need to set time aside to achieve your goal.

I spent the last New Year’s Eve finishing off 2 books that still had a few pages left to read before I partied on. Hahahha!

Below are the 40 books I read and one line of what gift it gave me. 

FICTION

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet #3) by Madeleine L’Engle

The importance of family

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

An amazing story of Holocaust survivors

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard (Prequel to the Red Queen)

Women are incredible (A lot of books empowered me with this message)

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Opened my eyes to a time in history I didn’t know much about at all

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Learnt so much about Aspergers

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Never ever EVER read a book ‘just because’

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Nobody’s life is perfect

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Sports is not just the time on the field.  It’s a culture, history, family and sometimes  a way out a certain upbringing

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Females are strong and independent.  Life flows from them.

The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly

Women can support each other through life-changing experiences

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

There is always a spark of light, even amidst the darkest hours

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Made me wish I owned a cottage on the coast with a hidden garden and huge trees

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Never sacrifice your own dreams and ambitions for the sake of others

The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

Even though you are raised from the same family and have the same incidents happen to you, doesn’t mean you have to react the same way as others.  Chose your own path.

The Lake House by Kate Morton

I could defs have a summer home on an English Lakeside Estate.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Intimidation over you only works if you let it.

NON FICTION

The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Co Operative Relationships by Esther Hicks

Learnt how to prioritise my emotions and trust them to guide me

Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize your Health by Ben Lynch

I’m now ‘in the know’ about Epigenetics

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is hilarious and deep at the same time

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B Peterson

Could have been written in a short blog post

Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue Book 1, 2 and 3 by Neale Donald Walsch

How to look at life with an open mind and heart.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Made me wonder why I hadn’t read more of Maya Angelou’s work!  Very inspirational

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt

Get ready to design the life you want and be prepared to take action.

Mom & Me & Mom

Women hold a lot of power within themselves

Rise of the Youpreneur by Chris Ducker

People to People businesses are the next big thing.  Get amongst it!

Lost Connections:  Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

There are so many things you can do to tweak things if you’re suffering from anxiety and/ or depression that can help make your situation better

Journey of Souls:  Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton

Past Life Regression is a real thing

Profit First: Transform your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

It’s a good thing to put yourself first

You’re it!  On Hiding, Seeking and Being Found by Alan W Watts

Taught me so much about my internal world

Sacred Powers: The Five Secrets to Awakening Transformation by Davidji

Powerful lessons to create freedom

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

So much valuable information to survive today’s world

Destiny Of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives Michael Newton

I will never view my life the same again

The Best Year of Your Life: Dream it, Plan it, Live it by Debbie Ford

Kick start your life goals

The Map of the Soul:  Discovering your True Purpose by Tricia Brennan

Take time to tune inwards

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Success on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani

Be proud of what you have achieved.  Own it.

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R Covey

Fundamentals necessary to create your life vision

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J Ratey

Moving your body is one of the most powerful tools to optimise your brain

Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

A great way to create a journal writing ritual

Published by Rookie Life

This about sums me up: Reading is a guilty pleasure. Self awareness is a pleasant journey. Meditation is an obsession. Fitness is a necessity. Success is a constant motivator. Family is sacred. Learning is forever.

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