2019 Reading List

In the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the Earth Pig. It is also the twelfth and final zodiac animal. A pig in this context is a symbol of wealth. Thus, “2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life” (source).

The earth element “carries positive elements throughout the year of the pig 2019. Synonymous with organization and availability for others, the Earth element brings flexibility, modesty and intuition. Teaching, philanthropy and spirituality are particularly important through the year (source).  

I don’t usually believe in “signs” or the “alignment of the stars” per se but the word “understanding” has been coming to mind so often recently. So often that I’ve decided to make it my theme for 2019. To gain understanding; to achieve understanding; to learn to listen to understand (and not to listen to respond). To gain a better understanding of self. 

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This feels like a perfect fit, based on the fact that this is the Chinese year of the Earth Pig; a time of wealth, teaching and spiritually. Attracting success is also a feature of the year and everything I have ever read about attracting success/abundance begins with YOU - the self. I am therefore committing to getting to understand more  about myself (with the view to change hindering behaviours and mindsets).

You’re never too old to get to know yourself better.  

I have coupled this goal (of understanding myself better) with my goal of reading more. I’ve always loved reading and have always used reading as.a kind of escape from reality. However, the kind of reading I will be doing in 2019, will not be about escaping reality - but about improving reality. 

The term “self-help book” really does a disservice to what books of that nature really help us do. They are really “personal development” books; guides that help us be better; do better; achieve better; acknowledge issues; and outline solutions. 

I have come up with the following “wish list” of books to read for 2019 (they are not ranked). It’s an eclectic mix of financial help guides; books that will broaden my philosophical perspectives; and just titles I was curious about. 

  1. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

  2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  3. The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

  4. Becoming by Michelle Obama

  5. The Money Book for the young, fabulous and broke by Suze Orman

  6. Women and Money by Suze Orman

  7. The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be Book by Mark Sanborn

  8. The End of Food: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Food Supply-And What You Can Do About It by Thomas Pawlick 

  9. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman 

  10. You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero 

  11. Becoming An Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression by Anne Bishop

  12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

  13. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

I know what you're thinking: where will I find the time to read? I’m thinking the same thing ! As Millennials, and really just as citizens of the world in this technological age - it never feels like there is enough time in the day. But, I've done two small things that have given me a bit more time to read:

  1. I eat small meals throughout the work day and use my lunch hour to read 

  2. I've added reading for an hour to my evening routine (and it's non-negotiable)

Do you have any books that you're looking forward to reading? Comment below, or share your list with me on Twitter #GrownUpsRead