I have challanged myself to read 25 books in 2017. This is no small feat for me. I'm a fast learner, but a slow reader! Here is the list of books I've read. I will add to the list as I finish a book and tell you a little bit about the book and what I thought of it. Good and bad. I rarely read fiction, so if you are hoping for a list of great novels to add to your reading list, you won't find them here. But you will find 25 books to make you think about life, business, families, love, people, souls, hearts, fun stuff, cool stuff, nature, yourself and much more. And maybe, just maybe, I'll through in a novel. 

~am


 
 
 

As a side note: I did watch the Netflix series based on her life out of the same curiosity I had to read the book. I found it mildly entertaining. 

 
 

Big Magic

There aren't many people who haven't heard of Elizabeth Gilbert. She got me with Eat, Pray, Love (which I've read twice) and she keeps me coming back with her down to earth, honest, no bullshit nature. When I was on Facebook, I followed her page (which you should if you are on FB) and enjoyed her posts filled with very real everyday human experience stuff. So full of wisdom and love, this Liz Gilbert.

Big Magic is a book about creativity. Right up my alley. If you've ever read a book and thought, "That is the book I was going to write!" then you know how I felt when I read Big Magic. So much of how Liz views creativity and its impact on our lives, is how I feel about creativity. I recommend this book for those that live a creative life, and more importantly, I recommend this book for those that don't feel they are creative or have a right to be creative. It's an easy read in true Ms. Gilbert fashion. 

Tools of Titans

I wasn't really familiar with Tim Ferriss before reading his book Tools of Titans. I had come across his book The 4 Hour Workweek, but hadn't read it. I was introduced to his new book through one of Marie Forle's newsletters. Decided it was worth investigating and requeseted a copy as a Christmas gift from my son. 

Many interesting interviews in this book and many take aways for me. The book is devided into three sections: Healty, Wealthy and Wise. I wasn't much taken with the interviews and information in the healthy section. So much of it simply doesn't apply to my life, my interests or beliefs. However, I did enjoy the other two sections very much, taking notes and making lists of people, books, places, things, I want to explore in more detail. The books listed in this book as recommendations is extensive, and has lead me to more good books. 

The only signifiacnt criticism I have of how Mr. Ferriss approached writing this book, is that he didn't give equal weight to women. The interviewees in the book are heavily weighted in favor of men.  A few of the women he did include, have small interivews that left me wanting more. I can't believe he couldn't (or didn't choose to) include more significant women figures, who have so much to offer, for a book like this. I rarely feel compeled to write reviews or send authors a note about their work, but I wanted to this time. But I didn't. 

Overall, this is a chunk of a good book with good information. Take what you can use, and leave the rest type book. 

#GirlBoss

The only reason I read this book was out of pure curiosity about how a woman of early 20 something age, could conceive of, implement and grow such a successful business. These types of business success stories fasinate me. I'm not above learning from those much younger than me and since it was a short and simple read, I thought I'd give it a chance. 

Did I like the book? Somewhat. Did I learn anything from her story? Not so much. Did I want to smack her from time to time and tell her to get over herself and be a better person? Yes! Hell, yes. She was a messed up kid for a while, put her parents through hell, shoplifted, hurt people, and was a shit. As a parent, I kept finding myself saying aloud what I would have done had she been my kid. But I know that our kids are who they are, and we as parents can sometimes only love them from the sidelines. 

Sophia Amoruso is a smart lady. A creative soul who had trouble living the life that is socially acceptable and often expected of us. She did things her own way and found what worked for her. She built a successful business and grew up along the way. Today she seems to be a much better person to others, and to herself. I think this book would be a good read for young women who want to build their own businesses, who might be feeling like they don't fit the mold, and who want to dream of freedom and wealth. I can't say I'd recommend it to any other demographic.  

Brave Enough

I'm a fan. Of Cheryl Strayed as a person, and as a writer. This is a gem of a little book, of the type you want to gift to everyone. Filled with short quotes- some hers, some she has collected, full of wisdom and love. I'm making it sound a little sappy, but to me it is truth in words about how life really is and how we might live it. This is the sort of book that I will keep on my bookshelf for the rest of my days, and read it through many times. 

 
 
 

You Don't Look Fat, You Look Crazy

This woman is crazy, in the most delightful way. Fantastic pop artist, truth talker, potty mouthed call-it-like-it-is wonderful crazy woman.  First I found her art, then her book. Here, in Ashley Longshore's book, you will find her art, the how behind her success and all of the times in her life she was told she wasn't good enough. She is good enough and she tells her followers every single day that they are all good enough too. Her advise is to get off your butt and get shit done. There is no shortcut to having what you want. You have to work for it. 

Get this little book (easily read in one sitting) if you want to feel inspired to achieve your dreams. If you want to witness how one woman who knew she was different from a very young age, turned those differences into an asset, and became the very person she was born to be. 

This book is not for youngins. Do to the language mostly. And some adult content.