The best and worst thing I ever did to nudge me to read more books was get Amazon Prime.
Just click a -button and within a day or two voila! A new book appears in my mailbox.
The good part is, I’ve read more books this year than in past three years combined, the bad news is I can be a bit of an impulse buyer. Seriously, who wouldn’t be, Amazon makes it so easy!
Most of the time when I reading something that really inspires me I think how much I would love to share it with you. So, maybe someday I’ll start a book club. But, until that happens I want to share with you the list of books that I’ve gotten the most out of. Some of these I read decades ago and some I just finished this month.
The list I share (at the bottom of this post) is all non-fiction. Sorry no Shades of Grey or Gone Girl in this list. I do enjoy leisure reading, but I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to ‘personal development’ books, so that’s where I usually have my nose.
Why you should read more books
1. It puts you in a student mindset.
I think one of the biggest mistakes we make is thinking we know it all or to admit we don’t know something. I have a friend who, every time she goes to a conference, she always reports back about what would’ve made it better, or how she felt like the presenters were saying stuff she already knew. She goes into the conference, not with a student mindset, but with the mindset that she is going to find whats wrong.
I think there’s a couple things going on here. One, she might feel that pointing out the shortcomings of others affirms to others she’s an expert in her field. And second, that mindset automatically shuts her down to being open to a new message. She is so afraid of what people will think if she doesn’t know her shit, she gets focused on making sure she lets others know how smart she is. How are we supposed to expand our minds and invite knowledge when we focus on making sure people acknowledge us?
When we open our minds to being a student and let go of our self-worth is attached to what other think of us or what we already know, we open space for new ideas and thoughts. This moves us to a higher level of thinking and being.
2. Reading helps us get clear on what our inner wisdom is trying to tell us.
One thing I like to say about knowing when our inner-wisdom is speaking is that we know without knowing. Its the nudge that says, oh, that book looks interesting and yet you’ve never read a book on that subject before.
I believe that when we are attracted to something (or someone for that matter) there is something about the energy of that thing/person that is in alignment with what our soul knows and is trying to tell us. In essence, whatever that thing is, it already exists in us, we just haven’t brought it to the surface yet!
3. I love paper.
Maybe you didn’t catch it at the top of this post, but yes, I buy real books that get delivered to my mailbox. I do own a kindle and when I want to read fiction I buy it on kindle. Yes, when I read Shades of Grey I didn’t want everyone at the resort knowing what I was reading…gah…So I read them all on my kindle. And yes, I read all three… oh, don’t act like you didn’t read them!
But seriously, when it comes to books that expand my soul and help me expand my view there is nothing I love better than paper AND a highlighter. Yes, a highlighter. My husband makes fun of me and my highlighter. He says it’s not like you’re going to take a test on it. True, but I like it anyway.
A (sorta) Short List of My Favorite Books to Help You Ascend into Your Greatness
I wanted to make this easy for you so just click here and I’ll give you a downloadable list of my favorite books.
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