Earlier this week, I posted my 10 best shows to binge-watching during all this craziness, but today I wanted to share my 10 best books to read during quarantine! Reading isn’t something that I have had a ton of time to do. Honestly, most of the times when I “read” a book, I’m generally just listening to the Audiobook because I drive so often. I haven’t been driving hardly at all lately, and so I haven’t gotten to read the pile of books I have stocked up. Anyways, I wanted to share 10 favorites that I have gotten to read. Some self-help, some fiction, some true stories, all good!
10 Best Books to Read During Quarantine
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic had me thinking about all the creative ideas I’ve ever had and never moved forward with them. Elizabeth talks about how she believes that creative ideas are swirling around the universe, and if you don’t take it, someone else will. It made me happy to know that these ideas don’t just go somewhere to die, but someone else can use it. She had a ton of other inspiring points, but I really need to re-read this one because I know i’ll get ever more out of it.
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
First off, this is a business book, but you COULD translate it into your personal life. Profit First brings a totally different take on what to do with your money. Instead of paying all your bills, then paying yourself last, Mike recommends on paying yourself, paying your bills, and then the things you have that you don’t have money for, you find a way to remove those from your budget. Personally, this helped us a ton with our budget. Little unnecessary things we were spending money on are now not in budget. Read it, use it.
Making Money is Killing Your Business by Chuck Blakeman
Another business booking, shocking I know. HA! Chuck brings an idea that most businesses go through different steps. Most businesses only make it a few steps in and then end up in a revolving door of having to work too hard, and not having anything to show for it. He tells you what you need to do to get OUT of the door and start living your life not just running your business. I really liked this one.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Paula is the same writer that wrote “Girl On a Train”, and while I never read that book (just watched the movie), I really enjoyed this one. Mystery and definitely a twist you won’t see coming!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I listened to this one on Audible as I went on walks last summer, and it totally had me freaked out thinking someone was following me. HA! A psychiatric patient who allegedly killed her husband is in a ward because she hasn’t spoke since the event. Twists, craziness, and something you totally wouldn’t expect. If you liked watching the show “You”, you’ll like this one.
Best Self by Mike Bayer
I’m still in the process of getting through this one, but I’ve really liked what he recommends doing to be your best self. I know a lot of us may be struggling during this time either with ourselves, or with just life in general, and I think this one would be beneficial for SO MANY PEOPLE. Go check it out.
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
First off, I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Brene. She’s a freaking genius. This one digs deep into shame (something she always talks about) and why we tend to shy away from things that may cause us to feel shame. That tends to make us afraid to be leaders, but we have to push past that. This is a must read.
Tribes by Seth Godin
I got SO many of my favorite quotes from this book, including but not limited to:
“In unstable times, growth comes from leaders who create change and engage their organizations instead of managers who push their employees to do more for less.”
“When you fall in love with the system, you lose the ability to grow.”
“Change almost never fails because it’s too early, and almost always fails because it’s too late.”
SO SO GOOD! I really did love this whole book, but you should read it for yourself.
All About Them by Bruce Turkel
This one reminded me a lot of the next book that i’ll recommend, but it’s title sums it up. Business need to remember it’s “all of them”- them being their customers. We aren’t in business to help make ourselves look better, but to help out our customers. We are there to simplify their life in some way. If you are wanting to give your costumers a better experience, you need this book.
Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller
This book was one of the best resources that I used when I was rebranding my business a few months ago. Like I mentioned with All About Them, this book talks more about how we are there to help our customers. We’re not here for them to help us. Another helpful part of this, is being able to log onto their website and build your own story brand. I recommend this book to every business that works with costumers and wants to provide a personal service.
Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear what you got out of them!!
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