I’ve read some great inspirational books throughout 2017 and 2018. I’m one to give just about any book, and I have a special place in my heart for inspirational or I guess what could be classified as self-help books. Below are my reviews of some of the ones I have loved, and also some that I have picked up from the library and are on my list!
You’re Not Lost by Maxie McCoy // This is the most recent book I’ve read and I have recommended this book to everyone! Maxie has such an inspiring and energizing writing style that makes you want to go out and tackle the world.
Her book is an action plan to help you figure out what the next steps in your life should be, based entirely on how the steps she presents as her plan are answered by you. Her book is funny (she is not shy about her love for Oprah at all) and she also discusses her own path through adulthood and career transitions to exhibit just how the action plan affected her own life.
I read this book at probably the best time I could have, because it helped push me to try a new project at work that I am so excited about. If I hadn’t read this book, I may not have agreed to try something new, so this book is definitely one I recommend to those who may feel slightly lost.
Goodreads stars: 5/5 (AKA I hope you’re already on your way to your local library/Barnes & Noble/used bookstore/Amazon.com account to rent/reserve/purchase it!)
Rising Strong by Brené Brown // This is the only book of Brené Brown’s that I have yet to read, but I enjoyed listening to it and am eager to pick up her other books whenever I get through the few other hundred on my to-read list.
In this book, the main idea is, “If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall.” Brown goes on to show throughout the book how if you can own those feelings of disappointment or failure that inevitably come along with a fall, whether the fall be in your professional or personal life, then you can turn those feelings into the new motivation for you to continue on learning or succeeding. I definitely think I enjoyed listening to this book more than I would have reading it, but overall the book was entertaining and gave me a new perspective on some of those feelings of failure and how to cope with them.
Goodreads stars: 3/5 (AKA I enjoyed the book, but I would not recommend it as highly as other ones I’ve read.)
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy // This was another one I listened to (If you read my post about how I make time for reading, you probably remember that I’m very much an audiobook lover for my commutes to and from work.) and supremely enjoyed the book for that very reason, because essentially it was an extended TED Talk!
Cuddy’s book is a mix of the science behind the human body-mind behavior, as well as ways that you can better yourself and present yourself confidently in those terrifying situations like elevator pitches, job interviews, and other oftentimes scary instances.
The biggest takeaway of the book for me was that the changes we make do not have to happen overnight. You can work slowly or in stages to improve your confidence during big, momentous times.
Goodreads stars: 4/5 (AKA I truly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend you add it to your to-read lists!)
Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading //
Some more self-help-esque books I’m looking forward to reading are below!