52 Books in 52 Weeks…
Is it “cliché” of me to challenge myself to read 52 books in 52 weeks? Does everyone make the resolution to “read more” when the new year begins? Even if everyone does, I wonder how many people actually follow through with their goal. Well, I plan to be a woman of my word this year, so when I say I’m going to read 52 books in 52 weeks I mean it damnit!
“Why?” You ask. The short answer is I’m trying to do better with my life! Most successful people in this world are avid readers, and if I want to be successful I should probably take notes from the #badasses of the world. Another reason is it’s much cheaper than a degree! Most of the degree programs on offer these days barely touch on the useful information you need to thrive in this world. Rather than waste my money, I’d rather read the books of experts who’ve been there, done that! Sure beats listening to a business professor who’s never even owned a damn business!
Where Do I Begin…
Well, I thought I’d jumpstart my year with a little bit of #girlpower! For the month of January, I have chosen to read four books by four #girlbosses that I know will give me the motivation I need to follow through.
As you all know, February is Black History Month. I’d like to take this month to focus on reading Black author books written by some of my favorite celebrities. These books dive into the lives of Black women I’ve come to truly admire.
During the month of March, while everyone is going “mad” I will be staying calm, by immersing myself in books that are based in philosophy and life lessons. A few of these books come highly recommended by my boo, Tim Ferriss.
By the month of April, I will have my mind on my money and my money on my mind! That is why I’ve chosen four books that are all about how to build wealth. None of that “get rich quick” shit. It’s real advice from real people who’ve manage to build wealth the sustainable way.
I will be dedicating the entire month of June to my baby, Tim Ferriss. Everyone knows I love this man more than life! Most of his books I’ve already read, but if you know anything about Tim, you know his books need to be revisited over and over, because there’s always something new to discover.
July is a popular travel month, and at least one of my vacations will be taken during this month. This is why I’ve decided to read books with a focus on travel. There’s a reason this blog is titled “Passionate Gypsies.” It will be nice to dive into books that tell how travel has impacted other people’s lives.
August is my birthday month, and I just know I’ll be craving some serious women empowerment juice! This is why I’ve decided to dedicate this month to reading books that talk about how to own your womanhood and make the absolute most of it! What better way to celebrate my 27th birthday than by continuing my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge! Hashtag, no excuses.
1. THE WOMAN WHO WOULD BE KING BY KARA COONEY
2. LOVING MY ACTUAL LIFE BY ALEXANDRA KUYKENDALL
3. YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR BY PHOEBE ROBINSON
4. SHE MEANS BUSINESS BY CARRIE GREEN
5. REDEFINING REALNESS BY JANET MOCK
By September, I’m hoping I’ll be debt free! It makes sense for me to revisit the topic of building wealth, as I’ll be in a better position to implement some of the advice provided in these books. Plus, it is my personal opinion that you could never read too many books on wealth management.
During the month of October, I will be redirecting my focus back to #badass girl bosses and I’m quite unapologetic about it. It’s no secret that the personal development and finance book industries are saturated with men. It’s time I make a conscious effort to read more books authored by women this year.
1. PLAY LIKE A MAN, WIN LIKE A WOMAN BY GAIL EVANS
2. NICE GIRLS JUST DON’T GET IT BY FRANKEL & FROHLINGER
3. BECOMING THE BOSS BY LINDSEY POLLAK
4. MASTERING YOUR INNER MEAN GIRL BY MELISSA AMBROSINI
This year, I thought I’d take the month of November to get in touch with my spiritual side. The books I’ve chosen for this month touch on spirituality, non-conformity, and introspection.
1. WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE BY ROBERT WRIGHT
2. ORIGINALS BY ADAM GRANT
3. HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE BY CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN
4. THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT BY CHRIS GUILLEBEAU
5. THE ART OF NON-CONFORMITY BY CHRIS GUILLEBEAU
Finally, as my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge comes to an end, I’d like to focus my attention on books that encourage me to live better with less shit, and to kick some serious ass while doing it!
1. YOU NEED A BUDGET BY JESSE MECHAM
2. THE MORE OF LESS BY JOSHUA BECKER
3. THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP BY MARIE KONDO
4. CRUSHING IT BY GARY VAYNERCHUK
And that’s it folks! Tell me what you think about this list. Too self-helpy? What does your list look like? What are your goals for 2018?