HAPPY NEW YEAR! Last year, I covered books written before I was born, as well as, some of the latest must reads. I am feeling blessed to have the time and the desire to devour all of this talent. I will add some details to the books over time, but for now, here is the list of books I read in 2018:
All The Light We Can Not See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
This I loved this one. The novel was published on my birthday in 2014 and it was an award winner – Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
My mom’s book club recommended. It is beautiful. Simple to read. It’s two main characters a blind French girl and a German boy are over time brought together. Their two stories weave you through two different sets of reality, but both were kind hearted. The main themes center around science as wonder vs death, strength of character and hope. The book has great women characters and the french girls father made sure despite being blind, she could clearly see and perceive. Highly recommended. I cried. I was surprised. I was enlighten.
American Marriage: Tayari Jones
This is one of Oprah’s book club I purchased the book once I heard the author on NPR, she was amazing – and I was inspired to read the book.
It’s about love, race, loyalty and justice – well in this case, injustice in the criminal system in America. It centers on what happens when the unthinkable takes place to “normal” people. The main characters, a young African-American couple, golden in the eyes of society – marry soon after college graduation. Poised for success: he’s a successful corporate executive, she’s a promising artist. Then, on a visit Louisiana to see family, Roy is falsely accused of a murder that he did not commit. That his wife, and we readers know is not true. He is sentenced to 12 years in prison, and the story is the toll it takes on them both and the injustice and prejudice in the legal system today.
I highly recommend this book. It gets you thinking, and I love books that get you thinking. It felt very real reading it. I was angry, yet hopeful the whole way thru and it ended perfectly.
Awaken the Giant Within: Tony Robbins
Cello. Want a quick read, want to be pumped up. Want to be a better you but don’t know how to start. Or love how you are but want a professional breakthru? This one if for you. If you listen the audio book it is Tony himself. I listen to this book every year at least once.
Be Here Now: Ram Dass
Boston Girl, Anita Diamant
Google books says “A story “about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters.” I really enjoyed this book. Fast read, was Madison’s (who lived in Boston) and she loved it, so I wanted to read too. Setting in Boston was wonderful, the daring transformation, and a great love story.
Brave: Rose McGowen
ClickFunnel DotCom Secrets: Russell Brunson
ClickFunnels Expert Secrets: Russell Brunson
You can get digital copies of the books free here – note you will be in his funnel, I think it is fun to see how he markets to you, and after you read the books, it will be really transparent – he is an incredible guy and has built a thriving technology business.
Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh
As a boot-strap business builder, I loved this book. Zappos sold to Amazon for more than a billion bucks – and Tony created a culture, people would work, even if payroll was late, or in some cases not coming. He cared about his people, his products and it was a fast, fun read. Here are 3 great lessons about building an awesome company from his 2010 New York Times bestseller:
- Company culture is more important than customer service.
- Choose one thing you want to be best at, and then focus on that.
- Invest $0 in marketing and everything in your product.
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
This was the sleeper hit of my year reading. I loved every second reading this 1952 classic – it actually ruined me for a couple other books that I started and had to put down because this writing could not compare. Steinbeck’s sentences seep into your soul as you read them. This classic was my sister’s book I borrowed and may never give it back. Other reviews call it Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel – my take away, no matter how deep-rooted the sin, there is always a chance for redemption.
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How to Analyze People on Sight, Benedict
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The Big Leap, Gay Henricks
I read a few others that I did not enjoy, or could not finish 🙂 So this is my go to, best of 2018 list of books. Over time I will try to add some notes about the best of’s but wanted to get this list put together since asked 🙂 Thanks for all the support, I could feel the love.
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