Books You Need

My goal for 2016 was to read more. I have kind of, sort of, accomplished that goal. I started reading a ton of books, but finishing them is another story. Audible was probably the best investment I’ve made as of late. I love having the ability to listen to books I’ve wanted to read while doing mundane tasks. Ahhh, multitasking at its finest. I find this so satisfying- completing a task I HAVE to while doing something I WANT to. Oh, it’s the little things.

Any way, whether you’re a hard copy reader or a smart phone listener be sure to add these literary gems to your cue.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is one of my all time favorite books I recently re-read about a young Shepherd’s quest for his treasure, true love, and personal legend. I think the first time I read it was back in 2009. I look back and the quotes and sections I underlined and thought were important then compared to my take away now. Perhaps it resonates ever so deeply this time around, as I feel like I too am on a quest for my personal legend, just like the Shepherd. If you haven’t read The Alchemist I highly suggest you just order it now and if you haven’t revisited it in awhile, you must!

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I’ve been meaning to read this for years and I finally downloaded it on Audible this month. I have to say, especially in the spirit of recent events, it’s refreshing and inspiring. In the first lesson Dale Carnegie suggests that “instead of condemning people, we should first seek to understand.” Could this seriously be ringing and louder? We, as a society, are so critical and so quick to judge and condemn accordingly. If we could all just remind ourselves to approach people with the intention to understand first maybe just maybe we could minimize the amount of negativity going on right now. I still have a few more hours to go with this one but so far I am a big fan.



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