I had a goal at the end of 2011 that I wanted to read 12 books in 2012. I almost made it. Sort of.
Here is my list of books that I managed to polish off. I have varied taste:
Brooke’s Reading List, 2012
The Secret Life of Bees – Probably my favourite book this year. Just a really great story with great characters. You know those characters that you miss when the book is done? Like you want to call them to see how they’re doing? This is one of those books. It was made into a movie which I have not seen yet.
The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.) – My bestie highly recommended this book and let me borrow her copy. I found the character development a bit shallow throughout the first part, but by the end the whole story and characters came together so nicely, it was hard not to like it. Takes place in the early 1900’s in Nova Scotia and was a sweet and interesting tale. My favourite parts were the recipes and concoctions Miss B would put together…and that seemed to work!
How To Win Friends and Influence People – So I had high hopes for this one, since it’s many entrepreneurs “go to” book for business relations. It didn’t wow me. It actually put me to sleep. It’s old (I knew that), but I found the information to be somewhat common knowledge (not that I know everything about everything), but I guess after a few years in sales I already knew many of the principles taught here. Wound in with old school stories…long ones…it’s a recipe for a nap. In my humble opinion.
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play – This book is about overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt free play. I used to be a serial procrastinator, but over the years this is something I have improved on tremendously. Guilt free play, or anxiety around certain tasks however (which may lead to procrastination), I still struggle with. (Hello, accounting makes me sweat). This book offers solid advice and exercises to get on with things without making a mess of them with procrastination, and also explains why guilt free play and an “un-schedule” is super important. Recommended.
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness – This book is awesome. It’s changed my views on money forever. I grew up in a family with many bankers who preached that credit was good. It’s not. And you don’t really need it. (Popular belief #1 busted). I will never use a credit card again (and paid CASH for all of my Christmas gifts this year, wooohooo!). This is a step-by-step book for not only getting you finances in order but if you already do have them in order, keeping them there, and making smart choices for long term wealth. It also talked me out of buying a new car last year, due to “Shiny Object Syndrome” which I totally would’ve done…and I saved a crap load.
The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin – This Canadian needs to admit something: I have a fascination with Sarah Palin. Not in a good way. Meaning, I don’t idolize or even like her. I do find her fascinating though. Wait, maybe it’s actually the fact that she almost became the Vice President of the United States (holy fuck!) that I find fascinating. Yep, that would be it. Anyway, there’s just something about her that I feel I want to learn more. Interesting and scandalous read! There are some damning stories in this book, I’m confident are probably true. If you are looking for a quickie trash read, this is pretty good.
A Woman’s Worth – This book was sort of dropped in my lap at just the right time. I love Marianne Williamson, and this book was wonderful. It’s positive and empowering. It talks about how we NEED women, and what our role is in our society. It’s beautiful. Would recommend to any woman.
Connecting With Your Angels – I am a spiritual person, but have not really thought of having an angel before. I have to admit, I found this stuff pretty hokey for the first half of the book. But it grew on me. I can’t explain it but it gave me much peace. I still pull it off the shelf if I’m feeling unsure about something and re-read parts. It just adds a calm to my life. Interesting!
I’m currently reading Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds by Arlene Dickinson from Dragon’s Den. I love Arlene, and so far it’s a great semi-autobiographical read. It will have to go on next years list though.
So I made 8 out of 12. Not the greatest, but a good lesson I learned in 2012 was that oh…I actually have to MAKE time to read! So that is on my to-do list this year: make time to read and not feel guilty about it (I’m learning…ha!)
(I would also like to point out that 50 Shades of Grey is not on this list!)
I have a goal of 15 books in 2013. 15! I can do this.
Please send recommendations!