Hello, my friends.
Ready to nerd out for a hot minute?
So this particular post from January quickly became the most popular post ever published on this blog and continues to bring lots of new visitors to All Things E daily. It also happened to be one of my favorite posts to write. Books get me going in the BEST way possible. I love reading them. Buying them. Discussing them. Looking at them.
I JUST LOVE BOOKS, okay? Okay.
Lots of avid internet-ers and blog readers seem to also love books. One of the best fringe benefits of writing about books on this blog is that people comment back with their recommendations, often with passionate endorsements.
Needless to say, my “to read” list has gotten LONG over the past few months. Filled with stories to read and things to learn. Just looking at it makes me wish I didn’t have to work 40 hours a week and could become a professional book reader, reviewer and… writer. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Someday.
Ahem, anyways. Thought I’d share my current list with you guys today and then open up the comments section for y’all to add your favorites or current reads so that we amass one GIANT to-read list and nobody has to scratch their heads about which book to read, ever. Well, at least for the next few months/years.
1. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin
I’ve recently become relatively obsessed with Game of Thrones and am just over halfway through the first book in this series. Let’s put it this way: I’ve been looking for a series to light me up in the way that Harry Potter did for years and this one just might be IT. (So uh, this is actually 5 books).
2. The Desire Map: Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte
I use the planner that accompanies the Desire Map and have begun reading the actual book after enjoying Danielle’s blog for quite some time. It’s just the kind of spiritual/soulful approach I tend to gravitate toward in life, so I’m excited to really dive deeper into this one.
3. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
I have already started listening to this on Audible. Caitlin Moran has a British (or maybe it’s Australian?) accent and is funny as hell. The feminist in me is excited to continue.
4. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
James Altucher’s blog is one that I get sent to my email and read IMMEDIATELY. He can be a grumpy cynic sometimes but I can’t get enough of his writing style.
5. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
7. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
8. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carole Rifka Brunt
These four books were all recommended to me by readers in comment section of January’s post. After reading the summaries, they were all added to my list.
9. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
Not going to lie you guys, I have this book in my possession and the first twenty pages were really odd, so I haven’t continued past there. But I have been told that it’s worth getting through those pages because it’s a great book afterward. So I will continue on… eventually.
10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
If I had a dime for every time someone told me I needed to read Gone Girl, I’d have at least a dollar by now! Luckily, I recently joined a book club and our first book is Gone Girl, so no excuses – this one will be read by the first week in May.
12. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
13. Everything I Know by Paul Jarvis
14. The In-Between by Jeff Goins
The three preceding books are all written by people whose work I REALLY appreciate online. All three write insightful, smart posts on creativity, entrepreneurship and happiness. I tend to follow along with them all on Twitter pretty closely (though I’m not sure they actually know that I do. Stalker alert?! Whatev.) – they tend to be all over the web on various pubs I like to read as well.
15. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
16. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
Both of the above were also recommendations from readers. I’ve been loving memoirs more and more lately so I’d love to dive into both of them.
17. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
I know what you’re probably thinking: “Uh, Erika, this is a parenting book. WHY do YOU (single, childless person) want to read it?” Honestly, I asked myself the same question, but downloaded it on Audible and have really enjoyed it. I’m fascinated by parenting ideas and techniques, and honestly, this book is the closest I’ve read to how I think I want to raise my hypothetical future children, should they ever come to exist. There have been many interesting ideas in this book thus far – HIGHLY recommend to other women/men that might someday possibly consider producing offspring.
Yeah. I just said offspring.
18. David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
19. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
I feel as though I’d be remiss to not mention Seth Godin on a book list. I love his work. Malcolm Gladwell also tends to have a knack for making me think as well. These two books have been chillin’ in my Audible queue for quite some time, ready for a long drive listen.
20. Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrup
The more I write this post, the more I realize that I have a LOT of books that I’ve started and plan to get back to. This is one of them. Though I have a hard time relating to the author (much like I did in Lean In – upper class people with famous parents trying to empathize with the average non-Ivy League educated person just doesn’t always work), I think the overarching ideas behind this book are definitely worthwhile to think about, especially at this point in my life. Now is the time to solidify positive money management and attitudes.
21. The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried
This was another odd ball addition to this list spurred by randomly discovering this talk Dr. Gottfried gave at Wanderlust. I think that as a whole, we underestimate the impact of hormones on our moods and lives, so I’m eager to read this and learn more about it. This is one I hope to pass to my mom when I finish as well – it’s tailored more to women that are older than me, but hey, no shame in getting a jump on information!
22. Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill
Excuse me while I nerd-out on consumer behavior – the #1 reason I went into marketing as a profession.
22. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
OK. This isn’t actually on my To Read list. It’s on my To Read AGAIN AND AGAIN list. I listened to this on Audible and honestly felt like Brene was speaking straight to my SOUL. If you’ve ever dealt with the pressures of perfection, read this. It’s freeing, insightful and inspiring. Just like ALL of Brene’s work.
MAN. THAT’S A LOT OF BOOKS TO READ.
Better get off this internet and get started, right?
Please feel free to share your additions to this list, plus thoughts and ideas about any of the books I mentioned in the comment section below – I’d love for this to grow into an even bigger crowd-sourced reading list.