It’s official Fall season!
Fall means a lot of things, we’re closer to the holidays and the year seems to have passed us by. And while many will see this as a reason to wind down, fall is actually a great time for a fresh start. With a little over 3 months, until we usher in 2017, this is as good a time as any to hit the reset button. In addition to planning for the new year (which you should have already started to do), we can use this time to analyze, restructure, and start over in many ways.
In the spirit of that attitude, I’ve compiled a list of books that I think would be perfect for this time of year. These books will help you with goal setting, accountability, attitude shifts, and the much-needed laugh.
Here are the five books to read this fall:
I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
I have been a fan of Luvvie Ajayi’s for quite some time. Her immensely popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, is laugh-out-loud funny! No topic is off limits for this side eyed sorceress; from the tragedy that is kitten heels to race in America. She says everything most of us are afraid to say. In her debut book, I’m Judging You, Luvvie tackles a multitude of topics that range from humorous to thought-provoking. For all of us that need to do better, Luvvie’s book is a must read this fall.
Maximize the Moment by Bishop T.D. Jakes
“Only you can run the race to be yourself successfully. It is a different kind of competition. No other runners are breathing down your neck; there is only the shadow of yourself if you do not pursue the race. The race is against yourself to be who our Creator has made you to be. Embrace this journey with the total passion of your mind, heart, and soul.”
There are many of us who take the hyphen between our birth and death date for granted. We must live life to the fullest, surround ourselves with the best people, remain faithful in our work, and do the very best we can. Bishop T.D. Jakes teaches us to maximize the moment in this book that I simply could not put down. He reminds us that, “God provides all that we need in order to achieve our success.” For those of us in a rough spot and trying to figure out the needed action plan for our life, I believe this book can help.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
I raved about this book earlier this year, and pretty much recommended it to everyone I knew. I am sure that I will continue to recommend this book for many years to come. You Are A Badass doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and it doesn’t necessarily give you new information. What it does give you though is a kick-ass accountability partner that refuses to accept any of your excuses while urging you to stop settling.
My favorite lesson? Love yourself. Unapologetically and with your whole heart. It’s the most important lesson. No one will love you better than you. Love yourself and the rest will fall into place.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes was one of the top 2 books I read in 2015, without question. This book will inspire you to stop allowing fear to hold you back. It will encourage you to take life by the horns and say yes to everything that scares and worries you. That thing that you try to make up fifty-leven excuses not to do? The thing that causes you to sweat profusely and think of everything that can go wrong? Do that. If only once. Do it.
My favorite lesson? Achieving your dreams doesn’t fix everything. Stop getting so caught up in endless to-do lists and daydreams that you give yourself a false sense of feeling when a certain goal is accomplished. One of my favorite lines in the book was this: “I realized a very simple truth: that success, fame, having all my dreams come true would not fix or improve me, it wasn’t an instant potion for personal growth. Having all my dreams come true only seemed to magnify whatever qualities I already possessed.”
What books are you reading this Fall? Let me know what I need to add to my book list in the comments below!