So one of my goals for 2019 was to read at least one book a month. Now I realize that probably sounds ridiculous to any of you avid readers, but the truth is reading isn’t something I’ve had much time for over these past few years. This season of life is pretty busy with raising three little ones, so there isn’t a lot of extra time in my day for hobbies. But reading has always been something I enjoy, so I made it my goal to set aside time each week to sit down and read. And I have to say, it’s been awesome. It’s been so good for me and I’ve discovered some really great books in the process. So today I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites of 2019 so far!
Now before I get into sharing my favorites books of the year, I have to give a little disclaimer here: I LOVE SELF-HELP BOOKS. I know that sounds cheesy as all heck, but it’s true. If I’m going to make time in my busy day to read, I want to read something that will improve the way I think, live, act, etc. I love learning more about my faith or finding news ways to look at life from a fresh perspective. That is my JAM, so those are the kind of books I usually read. Ok, enough rambling–let’s get into it!
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero: This was the first book I read in 2019 and it truly changed my perspective on SO many things. I think this book was the exact kick-in-the-pants I needed to start the new year and I’m still practicing many of the things I learned in this book. Sometimes the language is a bit rough, but overall this book is a must-read if you are someone that struggles with doubting yourself or any other ridiculous self-sabatoging beliefs. I LOVED it.
GIRL STOP APOLOGIZINGby Rachel Hollis: Oh my goodness, this book was awesome. I honestly liked it so much more than Girl, Wash Your Face and I found it to be so inspiring, particularly as a blogger/entrepreneur. This book has tons of really practice and useful tips for owning your life, chasing your dreams, and working hard for what you want without feeling guilty about it. Highly recommend!
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: I don’t know what kind of rock I’ve been living under, but I just discovered this book last month. I know it’s super popular and many of you have probably read it, but I was slow to come around to this one. But I’m SO glad I did. I like to think of this as the guidebook for living your best life with tons of really practical strategies.
Draw the Circle–The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson: My mom actually recommended this book to me and I LOVE it. It’s like a daily devotional, but more in-depth. Each chapter has inspiring stories and prayer prompts that encouraged me to pray more boldly and more passionately. It honestly changed the way I look at prayer and I definitely want to re-read this one again before the end of the year!
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst: I have to be honest, this book sat on my shelf for a LONG time before I finally picked it up. I don’t know why exactly, but I just didn’t know if this book was for me. But oh boy, I was so wrong. This book made me realize just how much of a people pleaser I am and how I desperately need to put less value on what other people think of me. It reminded me that God is truly the only one that matters and I know HE has my story perfectly mapped out. I underlined and highlighted so many passages in this book. This one was such a comfort to my soul and I loved it.
Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley: This is the kind of book that I feel like every women needs to read. I found it SO inspiring because the author talks a lot about finding happiness and purpose during every season of life, but especially those in-between times that can often leave us feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. So much goodness in this book!
Well that’s it for my favorites of 2019 so far. I’d love to hear what books you’ve been loving lately! I have a running list of books I want to read, so let me know what I should read next!