The current stack of books… on my kitchen counter… trust me, the books are everywhere in this house.
Here’s the Best Books (So Far) of 2014.
The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle is a book full of short, 2 pages or so ideas for developing your own talent and helping develop others’ talents. He has research and time invested in studying the subject to back him up. I liked that it was short bursts of info, and found it encouraging and implementable.
You Learn By Living by Eleanor Roosevelt got an 8 from me, and I recommend it and found it easy to read and encouraging. She came across as an interested, intelligent woman and I would like to follow up by reading a good biography on her.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell was definitely a highlight for me. Gladwell presents various stories – the story about the doctor who helped develop a way to combat leukemia in children? Fascinating!! – and seeks to prove that we look at David all wrong. He wasn’t the underdog…he was specifically equipped to be the one that COULD beat Goliath. Great book. READ IT.
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters by Jon Acuff – light, easy read that took me an afternoon to finish. I like Jon’s enthusiasm and high energy (I’m pretty sure we’re both Short Attention Span Happy People.). I’m also a part of his 30 Days of Hustle he’s doing online and find its short bursts of encouragement kinda my speed and how I get things done. I can directly attribute a couple big changes I’ve made in my life to his advice. So I recommend the book for its enthusiasm!!
Two of the best fiction books I’ve read so far:
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – story of Katy Kontent in the Jazz Age era. Think The Great Gatsby atmosphere… and clever writing. Good – not a happy book, but a good book.
The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman was a good book – a few of my friends have read it as well and we all liked it. The story of a husband and wife who are lighthouse keepers isolated on an island. When a boat washes ashore and they find a dead man and a little baby who is still alive, the wife convinces her husband to keep the baby as their own. Their isolation makes it plausible…but what happens when they meet the mother back in town on land?
But my number one Recommendation is definitely David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.
Here’s the complete list of 2014 reads:
1. The Little Book of Talent; Coyle, Daniel Rating: 9
2. You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life; Roosevelt, Eleanor Rating: 8
3. Rules of Civility; Towles, Amore Rating: 9
4. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants; Gladwell, Malcolm Rating: 9
5. The Lies We Believe; Thurman, Chris Rating: 8
6. Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith; Hatmaker, Jen Rating: 7
7. Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World; Oxenreider, Tsh Rating: 7
8. Stuff Christians Like; Acuff, Jon Rating: 7
9. The Light Between Oceans; Stedman, M.L. Rating: 8
10. Eleanor & Park; Rowell, Rainbow Rating: 8
11. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief; Wright, Lawrence Rating: 8
12. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert; Gottman, John Rating: 7
13. The Bright Side of Disaster; Center, Katherine Rating: 7
14. The Snow Child; Ivey, Eowyn Rating: 7
15. Here I Go Again; Lancaster, Jen Rating: 6
16. Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis; Winner, Lauren Rating: 7
17. Restless: Because You Were Made For More; Allen, Jennie Rating: 8
18. Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters; Acuff, Jon Rating: 8