In 2018, I have a goal to read at least 40 books like I did last year. It does take conscious effort, and a little bit of self-disciple, to make time to read. Especially when I’m always thinking of other ways to spend my time.
But reading is such a meaningful habit. I usually read mystery and psychological thriller novels for entertainment. And I’ve been making an effort to incorporate business and blogging books onto my reading list as well.
After all, if you’re not learning anything new, life can get pretty stagnant. A common habit of millionaires is that they read a lot. I’ll gladly adopt as many millionaire habits as I can!
Related post: How to find time to read when you’re just too busy
In the order that I read them, here are the two fiction books I devoured in January.
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Every Last Lie: I enjoyed Mary Kubica’s other three books, so I thought I’d give this one a shot. I almost didn’t read it, because the main character’s husband dies in a car crash. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler! The very first sentence of the summary discloses that.) My husband has a long commute, and I’m always afraid he’ll get into a bad accident.
But I realized that obviously the book has no link to my life so I ventured forth. I mostly enjoyed the story. Maybe 4 stars if I had to assign it a rating. It’s not uplifting by any means, but psychological thrillers typically aren’t. I liked Kubica’s other books more though honestly.
Elizabeth Is Missing: This was Emma Healey’s first novel. It intertwines the past and present of a now elderly woman with dementia. She thinks her friend is missing, and confuses her current life events with those that happened in her youth.
I really enjoyed this book! I love a good mystery, and this one kept me guessing throughout. It really gives the reader a peek into the mind of someone with dementia. My grandparents had it, and reading this made me all the more sympathetic to their frustrating plight. Some people might find that aspect of the story quite sad, but I appreciated the insight into how it must feel to be so very forgetful. I also found parts of the book quite humorous too.
I enjoyed that the “past” portion of the book was set in post-WWII England. That time in history is very intriguing to me, as is England in general. I’d give this book 5 stars, though I see it only received four on Amazon.
Related: Here’s my reading list from 2017.
The other two books on my January reading list were nonfiction. I’m hoping to read a 1:1 ratio of fiction to nonfiction. But we’ll see how it goes. : )
Pinteresting Strategies: If you are a blogger or business owner who uses Pinterest, this is a must read! Carly Campbell of Mommy on Purpose has a completely different approach to Pinterest than I’ve ever seen. With all the pin schedulers out there, a manual pinning strategy is a fresh perspective.
But after reading Pinteresting Strategies, I am certainly also incorporating her very unique techniques. Carly’s strategies have resulted in massive success for her, so I’m definitely down for emulating that.
You Are A Badass At Making Money: Have you ever felt unprepared for how awesome something was going to be? That’s how I felt about this book. Jen Sincero is such a compelling writer if you ask me. It was a funny, intelligent, and highly motivating read.
The main idea is to “master the mindset of wealth,” and it does deliver on how to do that. But she also leads the reader through discovering their mental stigmas against wealth or making lots of money. And even though the major theme is about mastering wealth building, I would say absolutely anyone could gain insight from reading this.
My favorite chapter was about ‘inner wealth,’ which discusses the role that our own kindness, patience, confidence, and forgiveness plays in the outcome of our life. Almost every sentence in the book is meaningful, and I wrote down many quotes from it. 100% worth owning!
I definitely plan to read her other book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life soon as well.
I really enjoyed the books I read in January. My top pick was definitely You Are A Badass At Making Money.
I’ll be back next month with my February reads!
What have you been reading? Do you have any book suggestions?