5 Books That You Should Read Before December 31st

It was December 31, 2017…I remember it like it was, well, last New Year’s Eve. I made a goal (because I don’t subscribe to resolutions*) to read 5 books a month, every month in 2018. I made this goal knowing that it would be added to a growing list of daily activities like: mom-ing, meetings, scrolling IG, volunteering, looking cute, writing, pitching and doing all of the activities that are attributed to living my best life (shout out to Duval, for the culture).

Thanks to my (now expired) Amazon Prime membership, I had all 15 books for Q1 2018 on my doorstep by January 4, 2018. Today is September 19th and I’m proud to say that I finally found the time to pick the books up from my doorstep and bring them in the house.

Actually, I’ve read 5 books this year and started 8.

Earlier this week, I spent the day in Barnes & Noble to scope out new book titles although I’m not buying anymore until I read the ones that I purchased in January.

Here are 5 books that grabbed my attention:

1.       Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media by Brittany Hennessy

If you are a content creator looking to grow and engage your audience, monetize your brand and become a top influencer, this book was written for you! (Shameless Plug Alert: I’m about 80% into this book, in case you haven’t noticed my blog updates and IG feed). The book is divided into four digestible sections: Building Your Community, Packaging Your Brand, Monetizing Your Influence & Planning Your Future. Hennessy shares tips that you can implement immediately and see results. I keep this book in my purse and re-read sections, use templates and follow (and study) the influencers and business owners mentioned in the book.

2.       The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate by Fran Hauser with Jodi Lipper

If you are a smart professional woman looking to take your career to the next level without compromising who you are, this book is for you! The title immediately caught my eye particularly because “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” by Lois R. Frankel, PhD is one of the books that I started this year. I logged on to my library account to see if it was available (I’m all about saving money) and borrowed the ebook! I read the first three chapters today. This book speaks to those of us that walk the line of sometimes being too nice to avoid being labeled a bitch. It also speaks to those of us that hide our niceness at work to avoid being viewed as weak and ineffective.

3.       Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry

If you are in fact a broke millennial, just interested in financial literacy or anywhere in between, pick up this book. The tone of this book makes it far more interesting than other financial literacy books that I’ve read. Erin discusses how to get financially naked with your partner, managing student loans and balancing your bank account and social life! The advice is practical, realistic and relatable. I skimmed the book today and have definitely added it to my “To Read” list.

4.       Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

I asked my friends and social media fam for book recommendations and this book was mentioned 10x! My friends tell me that the twenty lies and misconceptions that Rachel addresses in the book are spot on. She shares the falsehoods that we all are guilty of telling ourselves (and believing) that hold us back from living our best lives. The book is funny, real and necessary.

5.       13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success by Amy Morin

If you are ready to kick bad mental habits in the ass, you’ll love this book. We’ve all heard some version of the saying “Master your mind and you will master your life”. This book shares 13 tips to master your mental strength that can work for anyone from college students to CEOs. Among the strategies are: Don’t focus on things you can’t control, don’t resent other people’s success and don’t expect immediate results (do I need to say it louder for the people in the back?). I love lists as they are easy to follow and refer back to. I haven’t started this one yet,but looking forward to it.

What books from this list have you read or plan on reading?

*comment drips with sarcasm.