Reading has played a big role in my own journey of personal development. Here, I share books I’ve read, those I’m reading, and those in my “To Read” queue.
Books I’ve Read
Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John Maxwell Love the leadership principles and foundations in this book, and the fact that they apply not just to business, but non-profit, education, church, or family!!
I’ve Been Thinking...by Maria Shriver. LOVE this book! Maria shares reflections, prayers, and meditations from the heart. I was really drawn to her messages of positive mindset, inner power, and finding the jewel inside of yourself!
Dear Madam President, by Jennifer Palmieri. Loved It! What an inspiring and powerful message, told with such conviction, in a truly relatable way! The author uses experiences and lessons from being on the front lines in politics to provide empowering advice for any woman with the ambition to be heard and make a difference.
15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by John Maxwell. Wow, this one really spoke to me! John shares tried and true principles for personal growth and exercises to help increase awareness and take your growth to the next level!
The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon: This book was good, but I’ll admit, the Seed by Jon Gordon is my fave and this didn’t bring as much power for me as that book. However, still an essential and influential concept that’s presented here. The Energy Bus is a bestseller that takes readers on a ride and reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with kind, positive, forward thinking.
Emotional Intelligence – Mindfulness, by Harvard Business Review: This one really resonated with me! My focus for a few months has been on being present in each moment, taking time to reflect, and reducing stress. This book provides practical steps for building a sense of presence in your daily work routine. It also explains the science behind mindfulness. The book includes the work of Daniel Goleman, Ellen Langer, Susan David, and Christina Congleton.
The Seed by Jon Gordon: This book follows a fictional man who has lost his passion for work. Readers follow Josh on his journey to uncover his true passion and purpose. This is an excellent read that will open your mind and your heart.
Rainbow in the Cloud by Maya Angelou: I have been enthralled by Maya Angelou since I was a young girl. Her words lift off of pages and directly into my heart and soul. This collection of poems is no different, offering quotes on creativity, culture, community, family, equality, race, values, spirtuality, parenting and relationships. Thank you to my mother for this wonderful Mother’s Day gift!
Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something: Another Mother’s Day gift and wonderfully inspirational read. Have the tissues on hand because this book follows Robin’s incredible journey overcoming cancer, a rare blood disorder and personal loss. The honesty, perspective, and positivity that Robin shares are a motivator to dig deep and a true reminder that you never know what the person next to you could be going through.
Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart: This was the perfect beach read! A true story about two young women who traveled to New York City in 1945 to land summer jobs in the fashion industry. Turned away from about every department store, Marjorie and Marty find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co. – the first women to ever work on the sales floor.
Books I’m Currently Reading
I realize, this may seem like a long list, but what can I say, I thrive by working on multiple projects at once and I enjoy reading multiple books at once. I like having options and picking up a book based on the mood I’m in at the time.
Failing Forward, by John Maxwell: Wow, such powerful concepts even just in the first few pages! John says “I want you to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway, because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with them. Stop failing backward and start failing forward.” Loving this book so far!
Start with WHY, by Simon Sinek: I know, I’m late to the party on this one, but so happy to be diving in. My copy has post-its and highlights everywhere! Start with WHY is not just a book, but really a movement to build a world in which we are inspired by the work we do.
The Tipping Point, by Malcom Gladwell: I know, late to the party on this one as well, what can I say – better late than never. In the Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell uses unique examples to demonstrate how three key factors play a role in whether a trend will cross a threshold, “tip”, and spread like crazy!
Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple: I love having a light read on hand to mix things up every once in a while. This one definitely fits the bill. Where’d You Go Bernadette is fun and lighthearted with a dose of mystery that keeps me turning pages – and laughing out loud. Definitely check it out!