#FridayFive: Five Books I’ve Just Read | Chapter Four

Friday Five

It’s been a while since my last book update, and I think this may be my first since the beginning of 2020. I wish I had more time to read and I wish I owned more books.

I’ve began my #12BooksIn12Months challenge again, hoping to beat my record of 15 books last year with 16 or more books this year. So far, I would say, so good. I’ve read five books in the first three months and one of those books took me a month by itself, I could hardly read it without falling asleep.

Hopefully my next batch of books won’t be that boring or uninteresting for me. I’m always open to recommendations, especially within the self-help/psychological genre, so please do send any you have my way.

Here are my first five books of 2020.

1. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

I loved this book. It’s definitely one of the best motivational books I’ve read in a long time. It was an easy read and cut the crap about why we aren’t being our best selves, why we procrastinate and gives you the motivation to get your life in order.

It does good for your mental attitude to life too. Like, why can’t you be the best at something? Yes, there’s always somebody out there doing better than you, but compete with yourself. Better yourself. Beat your own records and just constantly improve.

The book also touched a little bit on manifesting which I had been missing. I love that kind of thing. After reading The Secret, I want to learn more and more about manifesting, ‘the universe’ and how we can attract the things we want into our lives.

2. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey

This book took me quite a while to read as it’s lengthy and very technical. It was first published back in 1989 and a lot of the anecdotes in the book are relevant for that time, moreso than now. However, the majority of teachings in this book are still relevant today.

The book was originally created to be geared towards businesses and people that work in corporate firms. A lot of the teachings are relevant to daily life as well and there are a lot of humbling teachings in there as well.

Stephen Covey teaches through anecdotes which I think works really well. He also uses a lot of stories about his children and how he teaches them to be better people and less reactive. Huge fan of this book. Although it is great, and relevant today, I think it would be even better if it was updated for the modern era.

3. The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson

I won’t have too much to say about this book. I was in the midst of not having any new books and wanting to read a book without having to spend $20. One of the interns gave me this book that he had been given to read for work. I can see why he hadn’t bothered to read it.

Great if you work or want to work in sales, but otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it.

4. Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight

Have you ever wanted to quit your job and move to the Dominican Republic? Well you will after you read this book.

I’m a huge fan of Sarah Knight’s writing as it’s very informal, straight to the point and tells you how it is. It’s definitely a book if you want to buck up your ideas, get better at being on time, start saving some money and don’t want to be one of those people that is always forgetting or losing something.

It does what it says on the cover and basically tells you how to get your shit together.

5. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight

I had read this book before during my second year of university as it had been a Christmas present along with my #GirlBoss book. I’ve re-read that #GirlBoss book many a time, but this was my first re-read of Sarah Knight’s book.

I got through the book in three days, as with Sarah Knight’s books, they’re a very easy and entertaining read. When going through all the different scenarios of life, it’s easy to see where we waste so much time giving a crap about things we really don’t need to.

For me, I definitely worry about keeping up appearances and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). But I spend a lot of time, energy and money by doing things I actually don’t want to, just to keep up with everyone else and to appear social. Sometimes, I just want to curl up on the sofa and watch Netflix in the evening instead of going to endless bars, spending lots of cash and waking up with a hangover from hell the next day.

This book literally says, “You do you hun!”

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