Anyone who knows me, knows I love to read…or love to collect books 😉 That being said, it takes a lot to hold my attention so the books I choose have to be something I’m not only interested in, but have to hold my grip. There have been plenty of times when I started a book and just couldn’t finish it, but these top 5 not only fascinated me, but made me want more. Here are the top 5 books to read this year.
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Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey in my eyes will always be the one I turn to when I need financial advice. His tried and true steps have taken us further than I ever thought possible. When anyone asks me which book is on my top 5 of all time favorites…this one is #1. Do yourself a favor and just start with one chapter. Living debt free is possible.
When less becomes more by Emily Ley
I read Emily Ley’s newest book in less than a week. I couldn’t put it down. I loved it so much that I just gave it away to a friend this morning and told her when she was done to pass it on to another mommy. “In her newest book, bestselling author and founder of Simplified® Emily Ley brings a revolutionary exploration of how to live a life of more in a world that often overwhelms to the point of burnout. Emily empathizes with readers in the throes of exhaustion and provides tools for nourishing their spirits and achieving a life where less becomes more.” It really is a fantastic read.
The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax
“Sax argues that rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people can be traced to parents abdicating their authority. The result is children who have no standard of right and wrong, who lack discipline, and who look to their peers and the Internet for direction.” I’m a big believer in not going with what is “norm” in our culture in regards to raising our children. I’m also a big believer in that kids are supposed to be kids, not a tiny version of adults. This book struck a cord with me and it outlines how to start from day one. REALLY GOOD READ.
Present over perfect by Shauna Niequist
Oh how I adore this book. This was another one that I couldn’t put down. “Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.” I love her insight on what she was doing wrong in her life, how she “fixed” it and how making that choice transformed her everything.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth grader. But it’s not only computers, television, and video games that are keeping kids inside. It’s also their parents’ fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus; their schools’ emphasis on more and more homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access to natural areas.” I still have this book right above my head right now at my desk. I can’t get rid of it. I turn to it from time to time because it left such an impression on me. The lack of letting our kids do what we used to do, play outside, is a driving force to so many consequences.
So what do you think of the list? Can you see a trend? LOL. Yes, I tend to gravitate towards “self help” if you will. I’m not a big fiction reader and that’s ok. I did a blog post last year about Kids and Mental Health and I think some of the books above touch on a lot of that. I know what we do as parents shapes these tiny minds into the adults they will become. Tell me, what books shifted the way you parent, live, or see life in general? Leave a blog post and tell me.