[Photo taken at Big Reuse, definitely worth checking out if you live in NYC and love a good thrift hunt!]
Since I was a child I have loved reading. Not one to get carsick, I would always be reading on the long road trips we took as a family. While I was in undergrad and then grad school, I had enough reading to do for class that I didn’t do too much else on the side. However now that I don’t have classes with required chapters, I have been reading more and more and it has made me so happy to get back into it.
I have the same issue as many people do with reading though – when is there time in the day to do it?! Often by the time I get in bed at night I am so exhausted I can barely make it through a couple of pages before my eyelids start to fall. How I've circumvented this issue is simple - audiobooks! I listen to audiobooks while I'm cooking breakfast in the morning, while I'm washing dishes, while I'm commuting to and from work... All this time adds up and I can get through a book in two weeks without even setting aside time to read. I highly suggest you give Audible a try, especially since your first audiobook with them is free.
Now that you know where to get your books, let's get into the list shall we?
Overview - "It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched."
My Take - This book is one of those stories that messes with your mind, some of my favorite kinds. You aren't sure who to trust, even the protagonist seems like she may be hiding something.
Overview - "The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France."
My Take - A slower build, beautifully written with a cinematic quality, this book can be described as an epic story with two wonderful female leads.
Overview - "College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. Thread by thread, he begins to unravel the tapestry of Carl's conviction."
My Take - Another thriller that kept me riveted from the very start. Couldn’t put it down.
Overview - "Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEO's, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history - proven principles and strategies that can be adapted for your own life, whether you want to be the best salesperson in your company, become a leading architect, score top grades in school, lose weight, buy your dream home, make millions, or just get back in the job market."
My Take - I found this book relatable and easy to read with tons of actionable ideas that anyone can implement immediately to make significant progress towards their goals, whether they are personal, financial or career-driven.
Overview - "Wake up and take control of your life! From the bestselling author of Inner Strength, Unlimited Power, and MONEY Master the Game, Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life."
My Take - For me personally, I found this book a little less relatable than “The Success Principles” but it is still a great read if you are looking to improve your life and/or circumstances in a meaningful way. Plus, people go crazy over Tony Robbins so this is good entre into his work.
Overview - "If you want real success, you have to be obsessed and know how to harness that power to rocket to the top. This book will give you the inspiration and tools to break out of your cocoon of mediocrity and achieve your craziest dreams."
My Take - I found Grant (the author) to be a little brash at first but I started to love his over-the-top, tell it like it is, tough love style. He does not beat around the bush, rather he demands a lot of himself and you. If you need a swift kick in the butt to get motivated towards a goal, dream, job, anything - this book is great. *Tip - Grant does the reading for the audiobook, definitely suggest picking this up over the paper copy, as his delivery takes the message to the next level.