Suggested Books for Life Improvement

I recently asked my email list subscribers to tell me which book has been the most helpful in their lives. I got back many responses and I’m eager to get started on several of these!

If you need some help getting through your own reading list, I want you to join the KW Book Club Facebook group. You make a commitment as to how many books you want to read every month and add your name to the Google Sheet so we can see if you are honoring your commitment.

My commitment for the group is to read two books a month, and I’ve been very faithful about meeting my goal. It’s a great group and we’d love to have you join!

To get you started, here’s a list of books my email subscribers recommend in no particular order:

  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  • The Bible
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable,Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World
  • Anything by Mitch Albom
  • Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No Is How You Get There
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money…It’s About Being the Best You Can Be!
  • The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • The Alchemist
  • Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business
  • Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
  • The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book
  • How to Use Power Phrases to Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, & Get What You Want
  • The Road from Contract to Close: How to Successfully (and Easily) Manage the Details Without Losing Your Mind – Or Your Clients
  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know

I’ve read a lot of books, and I’ve probably forgotten a lot more, but there is one book that I return to occasionally and that’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I found this book on my grandmother’s bookshelf and I asked if I could borrow it. And by “borrow,” I apparently meant “fall in love with and never return.”

Mine is a special edition 1943 printing though it’s not worth anything. It’s pages are yellow and the binding is weak. The type is tiny, and it smells like an old book. It is exquisite.

I probably wrote several essays on it in high school and college so I know the work pretty well. I love it because the main character, Francie, lives in such a different world than my own. The story begins in New York, 1912, and tells the story of how Francie Nolan grows up. To me, it’s simply wonderful.

I wouldn’t say the book changed my life or had a hugely significant impact, but I do love it to this day.


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