Ever since I started my own marketing agency, there’s one thing that I really haven’t been able to get back to – reading. No matter how many times my mother gets me books from authors I was obsessed with before, there is absolutely no way I am able to ‘take out time’ for uninterrupted reading. But this year, I am changing things slowly.
Now those of you who are avid readers might say how it is important to switch off from everything digital and give yourself at least an hour of reading in a day. But when you run your own business and are responsible for every little thing that happens, you just can’t disconnect for the fear of things going wrong.
Yes, I have started to take out some time for myself now for working out regularly and hopefully not getting a paunch any time soon. And now I am promising myself that no matter what, there are going to be 30 minutes in a day that I would read – even if it is a thriller and not something that will help me ‘grow personally’, because hey, I need to start somewhere right!
Browsing through the books kept in my shelf that are yet to be opened, those that my boyfriend gave me on the Kindle and some that got recommended by popular sites, I finally have a list of books that I swear to complete this year.
They’re not too many. Smaller goals, but I don’t want to over-promise myself!
If any of the books listed below interests you, simply click on the link and you’ll be directed to where you can buy them from. 🙂 Yes, I like to make things really easy for anyone who’s even 20% like me!
1. How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh has always been my inspiration when it come to exuding confidence or achieving goals. The total BAWSE that she is on and off camera, this book recently made it to my must reads and while it is yet to be launched in India, I am totally looking forward to it. If the reviews are to be believed, this book has absolutely no quotes, no hopeful thoughts and absolutely no lucky charm secrets. The only way Lilly thinks you can reach the top is to go for the stairs – not even the escalators!
If you’re looking to start something of your own or take charge of your life, I suggest you add this book to your must reads this year. 😀
2. Make your mind up by Bethany Mota
Ever since I started up and swore to work remotely only, there have been times when I sit back and think if I really need to get out of my house to prove my potential. But then again, there are days and even months where I just don’t need to prove anything to anyone – not even myself. That’s when I know I am doing something right. In this book, Bethany Mota who was bullied throughout school and not thought too highly of, talks about finding your own niche and turning your life on to a positive path.
3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
All those who know me and have probably seen my book collection, know I’m not the kinds who really opts for an easy or a motivational read. The only way I can get through a book without getting bored is if it is quick, snappy or has a great twist – yes, I love thrillers and this one is lying on my table right now as I jot this post down. The book is said to set stage for far too many emotions and constantly keep your brain ticking. The twisty tale by Shari Lapena was also the most talked about book in 2016.
If you’re like me, you’ve either already read this book or are going to now!
4. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
If you too are someone who likes to read compelling stories from across the world, then this book is for you. Roxane Gay has created the ultimate collection of stories of passionate love, human connection, hard times and rough patches that everyone goes through. But what made me want to read this book is that they are all about women. Women with lives of privilege and poverty, difficult marriages, emotional blackmails and more, and how they come out of it stronger than before.
Stories of strong women from all kinds of backgrounds. Just how can you say no to this book?
5. Little Deaths by Emma Flint
You’re probably thinking why I am moving from books that are motivating to hard core thrillers. Let’s just say, I like stories to settle in and the same type of book one after the other, is just not my thing! This book is a debut crime novel by Emma Flint and is a story of a single working class mother who wakes up one morning to realise her kids have gone missing. The thrilling suspense of the story will actually make you question your loyalties at every turn.
Haunting and intoxicating are just a few words that have been used to define this book!
6. How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
Cat Marnell is a former magazine beauty editor at Lucky, one of the top fashion magazines in America. While that’s what people knew about her all along, this book is a look into her secret life. She was a prescription drug addict and this memoir looks talks about all those sleepless nights that she would take absolutely anything to grab a few hours of shut eye. In this book, Cat’s bearing it all with her followers. The fight between her ambition and her addiction, is probably going to be relatable to many and should surely be on your list if you ever wanted to know what it is like to live in a fast paced, chaotic world!
I think the book’s description had me at ‘ambition’!
7. Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler
The one thing I learnt on the go in my profession was if you can’t hustle, you can’t even think of reaching the top. The only for someone to actually make something out of their lives and achieve their goals, is to get out of your comfort zones and hustle like your life depends on it. This book is like a step by step guide to break the monotony of a 9 to 5 job and should be on your reading list if you’re planning to step into the big bad world on your own.
Me? I’m just reading this to see if I missed a few steps or if there are any hacks to hustle more! 😉
8. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Amy is one charming lady, with probably the sassiest way of talking her way through things. Yes Please is a book where she shares a stew of personal stories that are sure to grip you and stir up emotions you probably didn’t know existed. There are the funny bits, some on love, friendships and parenthood, and well, some real life advice in the book! And as she says it, you don’t want to be following them all too closely. Hah.
This one’s in my list for sometime now and I think I need to finally sit down to read it now!
9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Another book that has been on my to-read list, this year I’m making sure the bossy me is reading Bossypants. Starting off as a girl with big dreams with recurring stress and having finally made it as what she always wanted to be – a recognised comedian on TV, Tina Fey shares what it takes to go through the grind. From the first page of her life to the last sentence, this book has it all.
Why is this book in my list? Because she says, ‘you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.’ And well, it’s kind of something I get to hear every day!
10. Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman by Gail Evans
As someone who’s constantly competing with aggressive men in the industry, this one had to make it to my list. It is an honest handbook that reveals what the relationships between men and women look like at work. And as much as we would like to say that things have changed, they haven’t. Even the women at the top struggle to maintain authority in what we don’t like calling a male chauvinist society.
Yes, this is for the entrepreneur in you!
Which of these books is on your list for this year? Is there one that you recently read and would love to recommend?