I love reading. Books have been cherished friends ever since my 4th-grade teacher Miss Hinchey introduced me them to me. She would read novels to us by reading us a chapter as a reward for getting our work done and transported us to such places as a ranch near Colorado in the early 1900’s or to the magical factory of Willy Wonka.

Every day, I carve out some time to read. One time is part of my bedtime routine. I enjoy a good story to take me away from the craziness of the day. The other is my morning book which I call my learning book; something which is thought-provoking and helps me to grow. I usually will read for 20-30 mins each morning before I crawl out of bed. It helps me to get in a good headspace before I tackle the day.

Although I do have an eReader and tablet, I am not a fan of eBooks. Give me a ‘real’ book any day. I love the smell of the paper, the feel of the book in my hand, and the physical act of turning the page. It is my thing. Books make me happy. I have been known to go to a bookstore or a library just to browse and I feel my stress levels fall as I wander around the shelves.

I try to be open to all different books and genres. Often I will stand in front of a row of books until one “speaks” to me. Other times, I will choose a book someone recommends. Sometimes I will just google recommended books and see what I get.

The one thing I don’t usually do is keep track of what I read. So this year, I decided to keep a list of my learning books. My goal was to read 25 but life got in the way as it sometimes does and I only managed 21. Some are older while others are on the hot best-seller list. Most were great reads but some were painful at times. A few I pulled off my shelf to read again. However, I learned something from each and every one of them.

In case you are interested, here is my 2017 reading list:

1. Think and Grow Rich – Bob Proctor
2. Reinventing You – Dorie Clark
3. The Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
4. All In – Arlene Dickenson
5. Take the Risk – Ben Carson
6. The Time of My Life – Margaret Trudeau
7. The Introvert Entrepreneur – Beth Buelow
8. Fast Forward: How Women can Achieve Power and Purpose – Melanie Verveer & Kim K. Azzarelli
9. Get Your Shit Together – Sarah Knight
10. Get It Done – Sam Bennet
11. A More Beautiful Question – Warren Berger
12. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
13. The Brain Warrior’s Way – Dr Daniel Amen & Tana Amen
14. Blind Spot – Gordon Rugg
15. The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done – Gene C. Hayden
16. The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership – Richard Branson
17. The Education of an Accidental CEO – David Novak
18. Option B – Sheryl Sandburg & Adam Grant
19. To Sell is Human – Daniel Pink
20. Experiential Marketing – Kerry Smith & Dan Hanover
21. You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

I hope you are inspired to start your own reading list. I can’t wait to start mine for 2018!

Keep reading!