17 Inspiring Books About Life, Productivity & Business to Read in 2017

17 Inspiring Books about Life, Productivity & Business to Read in 2017

17 Inspiring Books About Life, Productivity & Business to Read in 2017

Every year I like to make a list of books for the blog that I’ve read, or want to read in the coming year. I’ve been asked a few times in the last year, whether or not I would consider taking this list and doing a Charmed Book Club, but for me, reading has always been a pretty solitary pursuit. I like to read at my leisure, not feel like I have to read to keep up with an expectation. At least, I haven’t done that since college and I swore to myself once I graduated that I would never make myself read anything on some arbitrary schedule again! Although I prefer to read at my leisure, I don’t necessary read for pleasure either, most of the books I read are non-fiction or personal development because I read to learn. If you were curious why I know certain things or how I got to be so intelligent, I’d have to blame it on something I read or the act of reading itself. This year, I’ve challenged myself to do something a little out of character with my reading habit, and that is to read regularly. What I read is up to me. When I read is up to me. I just want to develop my habit into a more regular practice and finish at least a book a month. Right now, I read at least two dozen books a year, but some months I read none, and others I may read five. I’m not consistent with my reading, and I’m convinced that if I commit to the habit of reading a few days a week and finish the book of my choice a month, that it will stimulate the creativity in my brain and expose me to thoughts and ideas outside the norm of what I regularly experience online.

So, to follow in my annual footsteps, I have assembled a list of 17 books to read in 2017. These books cover a variety of topics from finance, productivity, and business, to confidence, career and sleep. Some I have read before, but many are new to me, and my plan is to share my progress with these books via Instagram. So if you are interested in what I am reading and what I’m thinking about each, definitely follow me there.

1. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charmed Duhigg

2. The Marshmallow Test: Why Self-Control Is the Engine of Success by Walter Mischel

3. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

4. Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

5. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

6. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder  by Arianna Huffington

7. Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success by John C. Maxwell

8. Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation–and Positive Strategies for Change by Linda Babcock 

9. I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam 

10. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

11. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

12. How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty: And Say Yes to More Time, and What Matters Most to You by Patti Breitman

13. You Got This: A Strategic Goal Setting and Planning Guide to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Organize Your Life! by Alexis Giostra

14. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

15. The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life by Sophia A Nelson

16. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason

17. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

I’d love to know if you have read any of these books and which you recommend. If you have any other suggestions for me and the community, I’d love for you to share those down in the comments or let us know what is on your TBR (to be read) list for 2017!

xoxo,

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