In 2017 I read one book a month which ignited my new passion and habit of reading! I wanted to double that number in 2018 and although I didn’t exactly double it, I am still proud I went from a couple books a year to 12 to 20. My new goal for 2019 is 33 (since I will be finishing my 33rd trip around the sun)
Here are the books I read in to 2018 and there are
1. The Hitchers Guide To The Galaxy
By Douglas Adams
This book has twisted and turns as your fly through space on the most creative mind-bending journey. The British humor will surely keep you laughing at loud as you read. I really enjoyed started off my year with a comedy to remind myself life is fun and not to get too serious as we all get heady into new years resolutions.
by David Eagleman
David Eagleman has been my mental muse since last year! His books are more than brain food, they are a five-star meal. Sum is highly creativity tales of the afterlife, which make you question and think about the life we live. My boyfriend and I decided to make this book an interactive creative project and after each short tale, we sketched whatever came to mind. This expanded my creativity and was so inspiring! THIS BOOK IS BRAIN ECSTASY!
3. Ask and It Is Given
by Esther and Jerry Hicks
This book was passed to me at the perfect time. I was feeling pretty shit about life, struggling with money and my own happiness. I started reading this book every morning and it uplifted my spirits. It got me out of bad thinking habits and before you know it. I had attached the money I was looking for. It has great exercises to change your mood and to actually learn how to manifest your desires. THIS BOOK REALLY HELPED ME!
by Malcolm Gladwell
What makes successful people successful? Malcolm finds patterns in who different people have become successful from hockey players, to airplane pilots. Looking at birthday's, and cultural norms. As much as it is a best seller, it wasn't one of my favorites.
5. Zen In the Art of Writing
by Ray Bradbury
Ray has created beautiful essays to get lost in a writers mind. You see how authentic and real writing can be and how you can find it in yourself. He teaches you the 'zen' in not just writing, but I found the zen letting go. He takes you on a poetic journey to understand how to use your life as a story to write stories. WORK. RELAXATION. DON'T THINK
6. The Voice Of Knowledge
by Don Miguel Ruiz
THIS BOOK IS MAGIC AND CHANGED ME! Again like magic this book came to me at the perfect time! I had breakdown when reading this book about the judgment and lies I was telling myself and learned to let it all go! This book really uncovered something in me that shifted my reality. I feel so free after this book! I found Inner Peace.
7. The Pilgrimage
by Paulo Coelho
Such an amazing book that that you on a universal quest of life. Paulo who also wrote The Alchemist has a beautiful way of twisting our thoughts of what the truth of life's journey is about. I enjoy traveling on this pilgrimage with a plethora of life's lessons.
8. Growth Hacker Marketing
By Ryan Holiday
Ryan is one of my favorite bloggers on Medium.com. In this book he teaches you how to hack through and grow your business through what almost seems to be the new princples of marketing. This quick read get's you in your head to realize you don't have to spend tons of money on marketing. He gives you the ticks of the trade to grow your serves.
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Mihaly has such a way with words. This books pushes your brain deeply into the uncovering of flow. It’s long and dense, but I enjoyed the discovery of flow while reading it.
1o. ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
The New Aged Matrix! I am not a VR fan, but this novel takes you on such a wild version of a possible VR future. It keeps you guessing as you feel you are playing a video game in your mind. Loved the beautiful tale of love and girl vs. evil. Couldn't put it down.
11. The Third Door
by Alex Bayana
One of the most inspiring books I have ever read! Alex's young heart and fearless determination will motivate the shit out of you. If you need inspiration about achieving your wildest dream Alex will serve you a dose of magic.
12. the untherhed soul
by Michael A. Singer
This book is a life bible! Everyone should read it. Takes you deep into uncovering your mind and heart connection. I had to stop myself from highlighting every sentence! He breaks down what I call mind heart hacking. He reminds you take you can live in the most world if you allow your self to create it.
13. Shoe Dog
by Phil Knight
Phil's memoirs of he's relentless journey to bring great shoes to athelets is so inspiring. He's up and down in the beginning creation of NIKE will remind you to never give up. A great book to see what it’s like to start from the bottom and reach for the top!
14. Be Here now
by Ram Dass
Another one of my life bibles! Although I read this book cover to cover, I love to flip open to any page and read these divine messages of remember to BE HERE NOW in life. The book pages are of brown paper with the words and illustrations as art on each page. It's a beautiful journey to understanding yourself and living life in the present as told by a modern monk. Every page is a gold!
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Oh Mihaly! He is referenced in so many books, and after reading his other book flow in the beginning of the year and loving it I had to read creativity. Although I thought he looked at creativity mostly through a scientific point of view he didn’t touch much of artist creativity. His research and discovery is still so fascinating.
17. Creative Quest
by Quest Love
Quest Love is my childhood love. Performing and dancing to his music as a kid shared so much of who I am. He writes like a true artist, and his methods of creativity and mind hacking are so much fun to read. He is brilliant and has transformed himself as an artist through time which is even more inspiring years later, he is still one of my tops loves of life.
18. Mindful Athlete
by George Mumford
This is a quick and easy read to learn mindfulness and apply it to an athlete state of mind. Mindfulness and and staying in “flow” are tricks of athletes. This book teaches us how to get to states of mind to achieve just got playing your best or winning, but the real secrets to performing through life itself.
19. Sum It up
by Pat Head Summitt
Adding to my knowledge of the sports world this year, Pat Summit caught my eye as a wild women force to learn about. Her never ending dedication to basketball and winning takes her on a journey that shows us the meaning of will power, but Pat’s will power isn’t always the best medicine. We feel like we are right there on the side lines coaching with her in a fiery heat. Pat is mean and hard, as that generation of coaching shows us were women wanted to stand in a male dominated sport. To WIN.
by Yuval Noah Harari
Wow! One of my favorites this year, as Yuval’s takes us on a a history lesson of humankind from our very first existence to present day. This book ignited my ancestor blood. He gives you such a psychological understanding of who we been and who we are as a species.
From this list above here are my
TOP BOOKS of 2018
Sum - David Eagleman ( To give your brain creative fantasy )
The Voice of Knowledge - Don Miguel Ruiz ( For Spiritual Enlightenment )
The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho ( For Spiritual Enlightenment )
The Third Door - Alex Banayan ( To learn to take control of your life)
The Unthreaded Soul - Michael A. Singer ( To learn about LOVE ) *A MUST
Be Here Now - Rum Dass ( For Spiritual Enlightenment )
Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari ( To learn who WE ARE )