I consider myself a true bookworm, a library rat as we say in French. But this past year, I’ve surpassed all my reading records by reading more than 90 books! I’ve selected my top 20 books of the year in this two-part series, and here’s the final 10 books I’ve appreciated most in 2017.
I’ve been waiting for the release of this book for the most part of 2017. The author, Gretchen Rubin, is part of my team of virtual mentors, and I’ve been reading everything she publishes. It is no surprise that she appears twice in this top 10! The Four Tendencies is a personality framework she has come up with that help us better understand why we can or can’t accomplish certain goals we set for ourselves, and how to harness our personalities to achieve them. I’ve written a review when the book launched.
Better than Before is the previous book published by Gretchen Rubin. It is all about the strategies we can implement to set healthy habits and to break those we don’t need. It’s been the third time I read it and I still get great insights each time. If you’ve set resolutions such as quitting smoking or losing weight in 2018, Better than Before is a great book to help you achieve your goals.
Author Atul Gawande is a reputed surgeon whom has worked with the World Health Organization to improve the rate of survival for common surgeries. In this short, yet powerful book, Gawande sings the praise of a simple checklist to assure the security and success of any enterprise. As a fervent Bullet journalist, checklists are some of my favorite tools and it was very interesting to see how this seemingly basic device can save lives!
In this personal development guide, author and podcaster Jonathan Fields introduces his concept of Life Buckets and gives actionable tips to fill up your life with the right things, making you more fulfilled, connected and happier. The concepts are simple, the stories are very relatable and the author is downright inspiring.
This book by Brian P. Moran has become my productivity bible. He lays out a concept called the 12 Week Year used for goal setting and project planning. I dive deep into the concept of quarterly planning and demonstrate my process in this blog post. I highly recommend this book to any of you productivity geeks out there.
You might be surprised to see such a book on my top 10, as it seems to have nothing to do with productivity and personal development, but I assure you it does. One of the biggest challenge my readers face is a lack of energy to accomplish their daily to-do lists. Health and nutrition comes first in generating levels of energy suitable for peak performance. This book profoundly impacted the way I look at my plate and changed my eating habits for the best. I thrive with energy, focus and clarity as I’ve never had before. I highly recommend this book by Gary Taubes.
I’m not much into novels, but this one has been recommended to me so often that I had to check it out. It lays out the story of Siddhartha and his spiritual quest. We follow the young man into tribes and tribulations on his path to enlightenment. Highly recommended for anyone who’s trying to live a better life and looking for wisdom along the way.
Journaling is one of my favorite personal development practices. This book offers a special take on journaling, implying that something unexplained happens when you put pen to paper, as you can gain insights beyond your own understanding when The Voice answers your call. A bit esoteric, but contains great prompts and techniques for connecting with your inner wisdom while writing.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (and it’s all small stuff)
I think I’ve read this little book at least 10 times so far. A classic in the personal development field, this guide offers 100 quick tips to stop worrying about the small stuff in your life and, really, when you think about it, everything’s just small stuff.
After writing the acclaimed Start with Why , Simon Sinek has been asked again and again how we could find out what is our why, our life’s purpose. His colleagues wrote this follow-up guide with a detailed technique to help you find your mission on this earth and put it to good use. I’ve been offering coaching on this topic for a while and applying Simon Sinek’s technique with great results. If you would like to discover your why with my help, check out my coaching page here.
So there you have it! My top 10 books, part 2! You can read part one, all about personal development, right here! Let me know your favorite books of this past year in the comments below!
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