After many requests, here it is! I’m an avid reader, and as such many of my readers wanted to know what my favorite books from 2017 were. The sad truth is that I didn’t read as many books this year as I had wanted to, but I still managed to find a few favorites. So, in no particular order, here you go!
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud – This is a big book….I highly recommend you slowly read and digest this one, but regardless, it’s an amazing read! In fact, I recommend that everyone read it! It’s all about setting and sticking to boundaries in your relationships (both romantic and non-romantic) and keeping those boundaries healthy. Seriously, make sure you add this one to your reading list this year! You won’t regret it.
Unshakable by Tony Robbins – This is one of the few finance books I read this year and it is by far the best one! Saving for retirement is and has been one of our biggest struggles, but this book gave us the confidence we needed to start diving in! Don’t get me wrong, we’re no where near where we want to be, but we’re actually moving in the right direction which is better than what we were doing when we started this year! So if investing is something that you plan to work on in 2018, add this one to your reading list. It’s easy to read and understand so don’t worry, it’s not a whole-bunch of finance jargon. 🙂
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – This is the only fiction book that I read this year and man, was it a good one! I kept hearing about this book through the blogosphere and honestly, at first I wasn’t interested. I was like, “oh great, a story about a grumpy old man…woo-hoo”. But wow y’all. Seriously, it’s a great story – starts off a little rough and there a few bad words, but it’ll have you laughing and crying by the end.
More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom – This one wrecked me. It’s a finance book but really it’s more of a memoir and oh my goodness, it will forever change the way you see poverty in America. I truly can’t recommend this one enough! I know this is a short reason why you should read this one, but it’s only short because I want you to experience the same “wrecking” that I did and I don’t want to give away too much of the story. 🙂
Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins – Okay, so I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and it definitely touched my heart. It’s a true story about how a single mom of 4 kids built her own house with her 4 children (as in, they actually hammered in the nails, poured the foundation, and truly built their home from the ground up)….it’s definitely interesting! (She seriously deserves some major kudos for this endeavor!) And since I’m married to a contractor, it was hilarious to read about her blunders and realizing that I’d probably have made those same mistakes if it weren’t for Pat.
But, there are some difficult-to-swallow parts of the story and there are quite a few curse words throughout so be aware. Like I said, overall I really enjoyed the story despite the difficult parts because it challenged me and opened my eyes up to struggles faced by women in abusive relationships that I wouldn’t have otherwise understood.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Joanna Weaver – Oh this one. If you’re a Christian woman, pick this one up. You won’t regret it. It’s powerful. I love the way that Joanna tells this story and how much truth she speaks into your heart.
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider – If I had to rank this one on a scale of 1-10 – 10 being my favorite book of the year, this one would be a 9. I’m a huge fan of Tsh and so I may be a little bias, but this book was such a fun read. I loved hearing about her family’s adventure around the world and the challenges they faced. And if I could convince my husband to do it, we’d totally take the same trip…okay, so really I’m the cautious one so in the end it would be myself I’d have to convince. 🙂
Live.Save.Spend.Repeat by Kim Anderson – This one is written by my blogging BFF, Kim (over on Thrifty Little Mom) and if you’re struggling to get ahead with your finances and are just lost, this is the book for you! Kim’s writing is more like sitting with a friend at Starbucks as she walks you through the various ins and outs of managing your money well.
Trim Healthy Table by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison – Okay, so this one is a cookbook and not a legit book, but it’s one of my favorite cookbooks! I’ve actually been able to keep the weight off that I lost after going through the BodyBoss Method program over the summer because of the recipes in this cookbook!
I will tell you that some of the recipes require some expensive ingredients – for us, we just leave them out. And if you’re not a fan of Stevia like us, substitute honey where they call for Gentle Sweet (I sub in honey for sugar in almost everything that I make – including breads!). 🙂
The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran – This book is a game changer if you’re a career-driven person! It’s all about breaking up those yearly goals and changing them into 12 week goals. Basically, you’re going to be getting more things done in less time than most because instead of focusing on the entire year, you’re just focusing on 12 weeks.
Okay so these are my favorites books from 2017. I did read more than this, but not every book can be a winner. 🙂
What was a favorite read of yours in 2017?
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