Who is ready for a reading challenge?! I know, I know! One more thing to add to your plate, but trust me – this will be good!
If you read articles online about CEO’s, you will find one thing in common – most C-level executives immerse themselves in business books throughout the course of the year. They are constantly improving, constantly learning and constantly seeking to understand the changing landscape that business is. If you aspire to lead a company, a group or just be a better leader at home or in your community, you need to start reading.
In fact, studies show that most CEO’s read an average of 60 books per year! That’s more than 1 book per week! While I can’t commit to 60 books, I can certainly commit to 1.5 books per month, or 18 books this year. Below, you will find the 18 books that I have pledged to read in 2018. I hope you will join me on this journey throughout the year and this reading challenge to become better leaders and better readers, starting today.
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Most of these books are available via Amazon Kindle and even Audible. A few of the books are offered free on Kindle Unlimited right now – and you can even signup for a free trial month! If you prefer to listen to your books or want a way to listen during your morning commute or on your way to run errands, right now you can try Audible and get TWO of these audiobooks for absolutely FREE!
The 18 in 2018 Reading Challenge
I have broken the reading challenge down by months, which you will see below. Feel free to move at your own pace, this is simply a guideline. Once I’m done with a book, I’ll link back to a review on it – feel free to comment and let’s discuss! Maybe we each heard something the other didn’t. Don’t be afraid to share it!
January: Let’s get our mindset right!
Increased Happiness = Increased Productivity!
January to February:
Happy As a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World
by Malene Rydahl
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World
by William H McRaven
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
by Jen Sincero
March to April:
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
by Cara Alwill Leyba
She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur
by Carrie Green
May to June:
How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
by Shauna Niequist
Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs
by Megan Alexander
July to August:
You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days
by Holly Gerth
Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions
by Sarah Kornak and Beth Anne Schwamberger
Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits that Bind You
by Erin M. Straza
September to October:
Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro
by Dana Malstaff
Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to…Embrace Your Style *Get Organized *Delight in Where You Are
by Melissa Michaels
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
by Anne Bogel
November to December:
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
by Jessica N. Turner
Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More
by Rachel Macy Stafford
BONUS! Read these books if you find yourself with extra time or swap them out with others you are reading through the year on this reading plan if you have already read them or just feel the desire to.