Books I Read in 2019

Books I have read- Ashton Rodenhiser

I made this post around this time last year of the books that I read in 2018 and since I have been keep track again this year I thought I would make this a yearly post of all the books that I read (or mostly listened to via Audible)

I’m happy to share my list and recommendations for you to consider adding these to your audiobook (or physical book) list in 2020.

Bookcase #1 - Entrepreneurship, Business and Money

1. Rejection proof  - Jia Jiang - I loved reading about this journey of rejection and how we quickly found out what we learn from rejection and how often when we ask for something that more often then not, people are awesome and willing to help you out.

2. Essentialism  - Greg McKeown - I have been saying for years that I'm in the constant pursuit of minimalism. I enjoy living simply, with less and try to not consume my home and life with clutter and things that I don't need. I think I'll re-read this book again next year.

3. Do less – Kate Northrup - Not one of my favourites this year, but there were certainly a few tips and ideas in there that I like. I like the notion of creating a life of 'less'

4. Company of one – Paul Jarvis - Another book on simplicity. When creating a business there is so much pressure out there to create something gigantic. I love the notion of staying small - small but mighty?

5. Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport - Trying to scroll less of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter has been something that I've been trying to shift this year. During this book I even removed Facebook from my phone for a few months. I definitely consume less and have noticed how using social media makes me feel (and it's usually not good). I am more intentional (or try to be) on my daily social media use.

6. Finish – Jon Acuff - I 'finished' this book in just a few days. I really like Jon and his writing. I liked his idea of looking at the data instead of your emotions when you are trying to do something, get something done or communicate an idea.

7. The Alter Ego – Todd Herman - This was a interesting read on how you can use personas to help you overcome an obstacle or challenge yourself.

8. Chillpreneur – Denise Dunfield Thomas - I think I'll re-read this one again in 2020. I noticed sometime last year that I would harness a lot of 'frantic energy' I would call it when I was working in the office/studio, trying to work on my business. I now strive to make a more relaxed approach to my life and business.

9. Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo - You can basically sum up this whole book but it's title. It was a great read though with insights and stories.

10. Overcoming Underearning – Barbara Stanny (re-read) - A book that I have decided to read twice a year. I read this in the summer and winter (July/December-ish)

11. Secrets of Six-figure Women – Barbara Stanny - I think this was the book that came before (but maybe after?) Overcoming Underearning. It's easy to put people on a pedestal when it comes to their earning and this book has a lot of awesome insights.

11. The Illusion of Money – Kyle Cease - I love Kyle's approach to everything and listen to his weekly calls through his 'Absolutely everything pass'. I love his approach to money and you have to fall in love with the idea of being broke since most folks creating a business out of lack and fear. Highly recommend.

12. 168 hours – Laura Vanderkam - The dreaded time management! I could certainly do better on how I utilize my time. I think I'm mostly good but this is something that can always been improved.

Bookcase #2 - Mindset & Life

Whatever arises, Love That – Matt Khan - Another book that could probably be summed up by it's title but this book is so deep and honouring of trying to love things that may be unfavourable. I listened to this book a few times this year.

Grace Not Perfection by – Emily Ley - Another book that wasn't my favourite but overall was a good book. I probably didn't enjoy it as much because it was a lot of things that I've already heard before but it's always good to have a refresher!

The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer - This was a different change of pace for me, listening to this book. It was a bit autobiographical with ideas and learning intertwined around how we are in the world, how we ask for things and communicate with each other.

The Surrender Experiment – Michael A. Singer - I think this was one of the first books I read this year and I think it's up on my top 10 favourite books of all time now. I loved this stories about how Michael, throughout his life surrendered. He would say 'ok universe, if that's what you want' to everything in his life, allowing him to have amazing experiences yet living within the truth of who he is. Highly recommend.

The Untethered Soul - Michael A. Singer - I think this book came after The Surrender Experiment (but it could have been before). I love this book so much because it helps put into words my approach and outlook on life and how I like to think. Another one I would highly recommend!

Bookcase #3 - In Process

I do have a little bit of a habit of starting books but not finishing them. Here's a list in no particular order of books that I started this year but for whatever reason I haven't finished them. This list only includes books that I do plan to finish.

  • The Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez
  • Becoming Supernatural - Joe Dispenza
  • The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
  • Tapping into Wealth - Margaret M Lynch
  • The Code of the Extraordinary Mind - Vishen Lakhiani

If you have any recommendations of books that I should read in 2020 I really love to hear them!

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