Covering everything from sleep science and physical endurance to happiness and minimalism, here's my reading list for 2020!
With the goal of reading one book a month, I set myself up for success by mapping out my dream reading list at the beginning of each year. It may seem extreme, however I've found that when I remove the decision making process, I remove the procrastination. Less choice = more chapters! Fellow bookworms can read along through my Book Club. It's free to join everyone is welcome!
Let's do this...
Everything Is Figureoutable - Marie Forleo
To kick things off, my first book of 2020 will be 'Everything Is Figureoutable' by Marie Forleo. If you aren't familiar with her work, this woman is a standout in the business/motivation space.
While most self-help books offer quick fixes, 'Everything is Figureoutable' claims to retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks.
Unfu*k Yourself - Gary John Bishop
In what is meant to be a straightforward handbook, Bishop gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish what's weighing you down and become the truly unfu*ked version of yourself.
According to critics, this is a BS-free, self-empowerment guide that offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations... Let's see!
The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin covers her year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness, drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world examples.
I've read work by Rubin previously, so I am exited to see her journey through this study.
Can't Hurt Me - David Goggins
Not one I would usually read, however I have found myself drawn to ‘Can’t Hurt Me’, by David Goggins.
Through self-discipline, mental toughness and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes.
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
I pride myself on being somewhat of a minimalist, although there is still room to grow. That’s why I’m excited to get into Marie Kondo’s best seller ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising’.
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house 'spark joy', this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon aims to help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home, and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me!
In June I plan to read ‘A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose’ by Eckhart Tolle.
‘A wake-up call for the entire planet. [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.’ - Oprah Winfrey.
The Only Woman In The Room - Maire Benedict
It appears this year I'm partial to authors named Marie, however 'The Only Woman In The Room' by Maire Benedict is my last, promise.
A little different to the rest of my 2020 choices, this one was recommended to me by my bestie. I'm excited to take a break from the informational overload I usually choose and dive into some historical fiction, seen through the eyes of a strong female lead.
Eat That Frog! - Brian Tracy
There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day.
While I've never actually eaten a frog, I fight with procrastination on a daily basis, so 'Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time' by Brian Tracy really does need to be on my list.
Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
Sleep and dreams are topics I am really fascinated by, which is why my birthday month reading is ‘Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams’ by Matthew Walker.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life (eating, drinking, and reproducing) the purpose of sleep remains more elusive.
How To Win Friends And Influence People - Dale Carnegie
I'm also choosing to reread one of the classics - Dale Carnegie's ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’.
For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Becoming - Michelle Obama
I’ve wanted to read ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama’ for some time now, hoping that despite the scale of her achievements, the content will still be relatable.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
I have a few friends who would be horrified to know that I am yet to read this classic, which is why I plan to spend the silly season curled up with a copy of ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens.
This story charts the course of orphan Pip Pirrip's life as it is transformed by a vast, mysterious inheritance… and that is the extent of my knowledge!
I'd love to know your thoughts on this list!