A Complete List of Books Read In 2018

A complete list of books read in 2018. Plus an additional five non-fiction recommendations for you to add to your 2019 reading list.

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.

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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.

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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:

  1. Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein

  2. The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

  3. Chakras Beyond Beginners: Awakening to the Power Within by David Pond

  4. The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

  5. WTF is Tarot?: ...& How Do I Do It? by Bakara Wintner

  6. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

  7. The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan

  8. The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska

  9. Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson

  10. The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey

  11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  12. A Tribe Called Bliss: Break Through Superficial Friendships, Create Real Connections, Reach Your Highest Potential by Lori Harder

  13. She Means Business by Carrie Green

  14. Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared by Jessica Honegger

  15. Fearless & Fabulous by Cara Alwill Leyba

  16. A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson

  17. Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington

  18. The Essence of Happiness by Dalai Lama

  19. Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

  20. Stay Hungry by Sebastian Maniscalco

  21. Believe, Ask, Act: Divine Steps to Raise Your Intuition, Create Change, and Discover Happiness by Mary Ann Dimarco

  22. Ask and It Is Given by Esther Hicks

  23. The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary R. Renard

  24. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo

  25. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

  26. Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life by Anna Yusim

  27. White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte

  28. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

  29. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

  30. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

  31. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer

  32. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

  33. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  34. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  35. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

  36. Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose by Gabrielle Bernstein

  37. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

  38. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brene Brown

  39. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss

  40. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

  41. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

  42. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

  43. How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't by Lane Moore

  44. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

  45. Currently Reading - The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams

  46. Currently Reading - How to Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness by Andrea Owen

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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.

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.

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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!