What to Read
Looking for a new book? Whether you need motivation, advice, inspiration or a new outlook - these books can help.
Here are my top picks:
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay: If there was one book I'd recommend to all of my friends, this is it. And I have, including mailing my own copy. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who has compiled a book specifically for twenty-somethings based on years of experience and science. Jay uses anonymous patient stories to set examples and provide advice for those in their twenties. I admired Jay's honest approach explaining how your twenties define your future, and shouldn't be overlooked. The book is divided into four main parts that focus on: the mind, body, relationships and work. Perfect for any recent grad, a friend or, of course, someone in their twenties.
Becoming by Michelle Obama: Easily one of my favorite reads of this year. Admittedly, I knew very little about Michelle Obama before reading, aside from her efforts at reducing childhood obesity. This memoir is more than just a timeline of events leading up to the White House. It is a story about a woman's journey through education, love, careers, motherhood and finding her purpose. A woman who refused to be defined by a label, and continuously fought for her dreams. From goals to mistakes, Obama also struggled with the dreaded "Am I Good Enough?" that always seems to creep up. I highly recommend this read to anyone, especially women, who are looking to find their own voice and make an impact.
Quiet by Susan Cain: Calling all introverts, this one is for you! Susan Cain, a Harvard Law grad, uses interviews, studies and psychology to explore and explain the world through both an extrovert and introvert lens. With every chapter I felt like I was learning something new, or saying "yup, that's me" to myself. Given that one third to one half of the population are introverted, this book is great for anyone looking to learn more on the subject or better relate to others. Since we all know, work, live or are someone with introverted tendencies - why not try to understand them better?
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale: If you're looking to change your perspective, pick this book up. Readers will gain insight into creating their own happiness, maintaining energy, managing expectations and many other helpful lessons. I recommend reading this book one chapter at a time. Many of the stories Peale writes are faith based; however, anyone reading this book can benefit regardless of religion/belief.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: This was one of the first "self help" books I've read. If you're familiar with Eat, Pray, Love, then you'll enjoy Gilbert's Big Magic. Focusing on "living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear," this book will push you out of your comfort zone. You do not need to be artistic to live a creative lifestyle. You will reflect on what living a creative life looks like to you, and learn how to get out of your own way.
If you read one of these, let me know! Better yet, send me suggestions. That graphic at the top? Designed by yours truly. It illustrates the 21 books I read this year, a new personal record. So, if you're looking for suggestions on the best thriller fiction novel or beach read - I'm your girl.