You know when you finish a book and it was so good that you want to share it with everyone you know? That’s how this blog post came about. This year I stumbled upon 5 must read books that still linger in my head and with 2017 right around the corner, they’re a great way to start off the new year. These books opened my eyes to new theories, explained things so eloquently and left me inspired and yearning for more.
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
Seeing as this book came out in 2002 I feel late to the game but BOY was this book good. It talks about how little things add up to making a big difference and once something reaches it’s threshold, how it tips and spreads like wildfire. The way Gladwell explains his theory with different examples is so interesting and makes you examine parts of your life where you think you may have had a tipping point. MUST READ.
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
I was so in love with the Tipping Point that I read this one right after. This book explains why some people are more successful than others and what path lead to their success. It’s both super entertaining and illuminating and digs deeper into the “at the right place, at the right time” theory. A really great book.
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
I partly picked this up because the book cover looked gorgeous – not going to lie – but also because it talks about how to live a creative life. It’s geared towards anyone – no matter what your profession or background is – and offers ideas and approaches you can take to live more creatively. The first third of the book wasn’t as compelling as I thought it would be but once you get past that, I freaking loved it. She speaks so freely and shows you different ways to cope with the fear of living a creative life.
You Are A Badass, by Jen Sincero
This is by far the most fun, inspiring book I read in 2016. Sincero writes brutally honest, doesn’t sugar coat, curses sometimes, and always explains things in a humorous way. I picked this up at the airport before boarding a flight to Switzerland and I was immediately taken aback by how fresh and REAL this book is. The author doesn’t beat around the bush, offers truthful – and funny – insights and is really inspiring. I held off on reading this for so long because I saw it everywhere and now I get why. It’s some seriously good stuff.
The Big Leap, by Gay Hendrickson
I’ve already read this book twice this year – YES, twice. I have endless things marked in this book because it resonated so much with me. The book talks about taking the big leap into your zone of genius. Hendrickson gives useful examples and different ways to break down the invisible barriers that we (and others) set up for ourselves. Highly recommend.
These are the 5 must read books I read in 2016 and I’d love to know what books spoke to you in an inspiring way! Please share in the comments below because I’m gathering my book list for next year and am always open to new suggestions :-)