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Top 15 Books of 2014

By February 1, 2015 April 7th, 2015 No Comments

Hey SuperStar!

Did you know that educating yourself, reading being one way, is the best thing you can do to grow yourself into the person you want to become?

It’s totally true.

I’m a bit of a book worm. I mean, I love a good book, but only if it can hold my attention. There are a lot of great books out there with fabulous information, but if it doesn’t hold my attention, I won’t finish it.

Which reminds me about the time I was part of a book club back in Edmond, OK. There was this great group of women I worked with and turns out they loved books too. So, we decided to start a book club and would read 1 book a month. I stayed up to speed with them for a little bit, but it got to the point where the books they were reading no longer interested me, so I stopped participating and went down a different rabbit hole to explore other books.

Why? Well…there was one book we were reading and I quit reading it when I got about halfway through. It was painful and tedious and would flat out put me to sleep. I just couldn’t do it. There was one lady in the group who got upset with me because I didn’t finish it. She said it was painful for her to finish too, but she did it anyways. I actually felt bad for her that she continued to torture herself so she could participate fully in the discussion of it.

There just comes a point where it’s okay to say no. That was one of those times.

Anyways, point being…

I read a variety of things (and I encourage you to as well). This helps to expand my mind while still staying in the comfort of my own home. I haven’t participated in any other book clubs since then because frankly, I haven’t found one that reads a lot of what I want to read.

I have a method to keep things balanced. I alternate from Non-Fiction to Fiction so that I stay interested and balance both sides of the brain. This also allows me to indulge in fiction stories that I love without feeling guilty for doing so.

Fair warning – I have included a variety of books in different areas that I have enjoyed this past year.

These are my top 15 favorite books of 2014.

Business

One-Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth

This book is a game changer for me! It inspires me to be the best person I can be, share knowing that the flow of knowledge never ends and well, frankly reminds me that I can create a business I love.

It is laid out differently than most books. It has a fictional story and a practical advice side that tells the same knowledge and information in two different ways, so no matter how you learn (with your right or left side of your brain) you will be able to grasp the valuable lessons inside this book.

Launch by Jeff Walker

If you are into Internet Marketing, then this book is for you! Jeff Walker is very well known in the Internet Marketing arena and this quickly became a best-seller.

And for good reason!

The way this is written is easy to follow, entertaining and real. Real advice from a real guy who is walking his talk. (No pun intended…okay, may there was)

The Creativity Checklist by Tim Castleman

Okay, okay, I admit that sometimes wrangling the creative brain into submission can be a bit challenging at times.

However, it’s totally possible!

Especially with books like this one. Creativity seems to be an elusive creature, but once it’s given direction, it thrives.

This book helps you create an 11 step system, with practical tips, to gain confidence in your ideas so you can start making money with them. Because your ideas are good!

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird is all about taking your ideas (mainly for writing, but it can be translated into any creative project you are doing) and how to take the first steps and keep moving through them. Step by step, bird by bird, until you are reach the end.

Sounds simple enough, right?

I read books like these because theory and action are two different things. Books like these help to engrane the theories and concepts into the brain so when it’s time to take action, it’s much MUCH easier to do.

Fortune Cookie Principle by Bernadette Jiwa

The Fortune Cookie Principle is AWESOME! If you are in business for yourself, you need to read this book. It’s a must!

Bernadette explains in this book how people don’t love fortune cookies for the cookie itself. Noooooo… People love fortune cookies for what’s inside. The fortune! The cookie is just how it’s delivered.

Same thing with your business. How you delivers matters, but people aren’t buying your cookies because they are cute, they are buying your cookies for how they make them feel.

That right there is transformational!

Period. The End.

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Have the balls to show people what you are up to! By doing this you will grow your tribe, your followers, your peeps, into people who love you and feel connected to you. Isn’t this what you want?

People want to be involved in your life and will love you for sharing what you are up to.

So, stop being scared and know that there is plenty of magnificence to go around.

That’s what Show Your Work! is all about. It helps you grow balls!

Self-Development / Art / Fun / Spiritual

Wreck This Journal (Print Only) by Keri Smith

This is an artsy book. Kinda. If you feel you are not an artist, you need this book. It’s more than a journal. It’s more than an art journal. It’s a book that gives you permission to completely destroy it.

Know that by buying this book you are going to destroy it. It’s perfectly acceptable and okay to destroy a book. Especially this one.

Every page has a prompt for you in some way to destroy that page. Things like smearing something green all over this page, or poke holes in that page.

By actively doing the activities in this book, it will unleash creativity you didn’t know you had and gives you permission to be imperfect and messy. It dissolves perfectionism and inspires the beauty of a purposefully done mess to come through that you will love.

Mastering Your Hidden Self: A Guide To The Huna Way

The Huna religion comes from the Hawaiian Shamans and is a beautiful way of learning how to feed your soul and start to live an inside out life.

It is all about peace, connection to all things and making friends with the deepest parts of yourself. It all about working in harmony with the Universe to create what you want from life that is also for the greater good.

It feeds my soul.

Daring Greatly by Berné Brown

Vulnerability is my #1 Personal Value. Starting to become vulnerable in the world, can be a bit intimidating and sometimes flat out scary to do. This book helps to give the courage to get out of your own way and be who you are meant to be in this world.

Being vulnerable and open with others is the first step.

Being imperfect is okay.

Being courageous is necessary.

This book helped me to find my inner badass so I can help you find yours.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The brain loves routine. Creating habits and routines that help to move you forward is one of the smartest things you can do to become successful.

Why not start by learning what works for those who are already successful and find out for yourself how well it works?

This book is packed full of habits that could help move your life in the direction you want it to.

Mystical Mandala Coloring Book by Alberta Hutchinson (Print Only)

Yes, this is a coloring book and yes I added it to my to 15 favorites.

Why?

The simple act of coloring in a coloring book helps to clear my mind of stressors and opens up the creative side of my brain. It will do the same for you.

I chose the mystical mandala coloring book because there is power in the repetition. By giving your hands something repetitive to do, it put your brain in a more relaxed state. In the end, you have a beautiful picture and a relaxed brain and maybe even a few of those million dollar ideas we talked about.

Fiction

Dead Eye: Pennies For The Ferryman by Jim Bernheimer

My sister recently came out to Georgia to visit for the first time. She wanted to visit the East Coast for the first time. Because it was her first time coming to the charm of the South, I told her we were going to Savannah. So, we drove 4.5 hours both ways from Atlanta to Hilton Head, SC, spent some time at the beach and then headed over to Savannah. It was wonderful girl time.

On our drive back, she plugged this audiobook in and I was mesmerized. It kept me awake on the long drive back, but we only got half way through it. I had to get the kindle version so I could finish it.

It’s about a guy who gets an eye implant from a former psychic and the ability to see ghosts comes with the eye. The ghosts need his help and he reluctantly helps, just so they will leave him alone.

He’s funny, snarky and entertaining through the whole book. Just what a weary traveler needed.

The Line by J.D. Horn

I am fascinated with Savannah. It’s the most haunted city in the US and I love a good ghost story. I also love a good witch story. Especially ones with magic.

This book satisfied all those loves in one place.

Mercy Taylor runs a tour in Savannah called the Liar’s Tour, where she takes her talents of quick thinking and storytelling and combines them together that entertains both locals and tourists.

She takes you through back alleys and graveyards that intertwines with her family, who just so happens to all be witches. All but her.

This story is captivating, moves fast and has great character development. If you like a good modern-day witch story, give this one a read.

The Source by J.D. Horn

This is the second book in the “Witching Savannah” series. And well, let’s face it, when you have a great witch story, you just have to continue the story.

Mercy Taylor has started to fully embody her role as the family’s new head witch. Her power has been restored to her and she now has the responsibility as the anchor to protect the line that holds everything in place.

The story goes deeper into the hidden world of the Taylor family that is sure to satisfy your craving for the supernatural.

Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind

Okay, I admit, I’m a little late to this this book series, but I’m okay with that. Frankly, it’s better late than never.

This book kept me up till 3 in the morning for several weeks because I couldn’t put it down.

Richard is an ordinary forest guide, who meets Kalan and soon gets thrown into a world of magic with mystery, action, war and romance.

He soon discovers he’s more than an ordinary forest guide and is really a wizard who has great powers and must save both the magic and non-magic lands.

*Swoon* It fills all my needs.

Okay, that’s it for now! Enjoy the new reads. 🙂

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