A Complete List of Books Read In 2018
As we enter the final moments of 2018, I am humbled to know how many stories, how many lessons, and how many wonderful words I have read over the past 365 days.
Upon entering this year, I set out on a goal to read more than I have ever before. I committed to reading the books I had bought in previous years and never touched, in addition to diving into all of the new books that landed in my lap this year. I made a promise to myself that I would read as often as possible and I even allowed myself to not finish a book I wasn’t enjoying, because to be quite frank, there are too many books in existence that aren’t worth my time.
Allowing myself to stop reading a book - no matter my progress - because I wasn’t enjoying it, allowed me to finish dozens of other books that I was crazy about.
This was a game changer for me and if you’re someone who can’t seem to put a book down, even though you don’t like it, my advice for you is to take out the bookmark, close the book, and walk away. You’ll thank me later when you begin devouring that stack of anxiously awaiting titles that you’ve been meaning to get to, you know, after you finish that soul-sucking book you’ve been trying to read for the past six months.
I tracked every book I started and finished in my Danielle LaPorte Desire Map Planner this year and let’s just say I’m glad I did! Not only did it help me later when I (finally) signed up for a Goodreads account and was filling out my 2018 reading challenge, it also showed me how narrow I was keeping my reading options.
By the fourth quarter of 2018, I actually allowed myself to read fiction again. Fiction! I haven’t read a fiction book since high school! I was always under the impression that life is too short to dwell in someone else’s story book.
I wanted to solely read educational and informational books on anything from entrepreneurship to spirituality to Nazi Germany. My mind craved constant information and never allowed me to take a break on the beach to read something other than Eat, Pray, Love. Which in my mind was basically chick lit.
This year I have completely read (or listened to) 44 books and I am currently reading two additional books. Is anyone else cringing that I’m SO close to 50?! My inner perfectionist is screaming, but hey maybe I can sneak a few extra in, in the next 24 hours.
A Complete List of Books Read in 2018:
While the above list is written in no particular order, I do have specific recommendations for those of you wishing to add a few of these books to your To Read List.
The Top 5 Non-Fiction Books Mentioned Above:
White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte - I’m sure I’ve already talked too much about how much my soul love this book in this post and in this post but for those of you who are new to this site; I’m obsessed with this book. I’ve listened to the audiobook twice this year and I purchased the hardcover over the holidays so I can highlight and underline until my heart’s complete. If you’re a woman who longs for having a best friend conversation about all the things on your mind and deep in your soul, cancel all your plans and hit play on this audiobook. Danielle’s tranquil voice will give you everything you need to feel loved and understood right where you are.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - The funny thing about this book is I had never heard of it or even really knew what it was about when I began listening to the audiobook. Fast forward to today and it’s on every ‘must read for 2019’ book blog starring back at me. It is an incredible true story about a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. If you truly want to be reminded of how precious life is, pick this book up and also grab some tissues.
Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo - There’s a chance this book touched my heart more than it would for others due to the fact that my brother passed away a few years ago. However, I do believe that these innocent recollection of memories from a young boy might be the best proof we have that yes, heaven is real.
How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't by Lane Moore - If you’ve ever felt like you don’t belong (raises hand), that you’ve never had someone to call your best friend (raises hand), or that you’ve continuously moved from crowd to crowd trying to find ‘your place’ in the world (raises hand), then you really need to read this book. Lane talks about her struggle to find her place, her friends, her tribe, and how her deep loving nature hurt her more often than helped her in these situations. Basically, Lane if you’re reading this - I hear you. I am you. Let’s be friends.
The Third Door by Alex Banayan - Holy mother load of inspiration! This ones on the list for all my entrepreneur readers, or rather anyone that has an idea and is craving to bring it to life. If you feel like everyone around you has somehow ‘made it’ in life and you’re just continuously running into walls, you need to read this book and learn about Alex’s third door method. Basically if you want something bad enough, no matter what life throws at you, you will find a way to make it happen.
Bonus Fiction Recommendation
And for those who aren’t typically a fiction reader like myself, The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey is a historical fiction book. Quite honestly, the author pulled enough historical information into this book that I would have sincerely believed it was a true story if it was not labeled as a novel.
Whether you’re just looking for a light read or if you’re interested in what it was like to be a female entrepreneur in the 1900’s, this book must be added to your 2019 book stack.
If you’ve read any of the books mentioned above, let me know! I’d love to hear which books were your favorite. And of course, if you have book recommendations for me in 2019, please add those into the comment section, below!