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I used to read like crazy when I was in school. Everything and anything I could get my hands on. Once I got married and had kids, I kind of lost time to do that. And I missed it!
About two years ago I was having some doubts about my motherhood, myself, my ability to do the things in life that I wanted to do. Someone suggested that I start listening to books on Audible that would help my mind get into a better place. I started listening when I was cleaning or driving or any time I happened to find a few minutes to myself. I don’t feel like I retain quite as much as when I actually read a book, but it’s better than nothing.
I listen to books on Audible. Audible is an Amazon company of audio books. I pay for a monthly subscription that gives me a book each month and a discount on any books I buy during the month. There are a couple different subscription options. I currently have the Gold Subscription, which gives me 1 free book each month. You can cancel the subscription and keep the books. If you haven’t tried Audible before, you can use this link and get a free first month with 2 free books.
One thing I really love about Audible is the fact that if you don’t like a book, even if you’ve read the whole thing, you can return it, no questions asked. You will be refunded your credit or the cost you paid for the book when you do. My Audible subscription has been one of the best ways I’ve spent my money over the last two years.
During those two years, I’ve read 50 books. Many of them have really changed my life. I wanted to share ten of my favorites that I think are so great for women, but specifically for moms.
- You Are A Badass by Jen Sinchero. Disclaimer: As you can probably tell by the title, the language is strong in this book. But if you need a boost of confidence, this is a great one.
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie. This one is actually somewhat similar to You Are A Badass, in fact, Jen Sinchero references this book a few times in her book. The language is much better in this one. I do recommend listening to this book over reading it because it has dialogue that is just easier to listen to than read.
- I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown. Honestly, ANYTHING by Brene Brown could be on this list, but this one was one of my favorites. It really helped me see that the things I struggle with aren’t unique to me, and that I have the tools I need to improve my life.
- How To Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. This book is all about how to stop over parenting your children and let them grow up to be adults that know how to take care of themselves and know how to handle real life issues. This is probably one of my favorite parenting books.
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. If you need an energy shift, this is your book. It really helped me see things in a different light and have a more positive outlook on life.
- Grit by Angela Duckworth. If you have a dream you’re working on achieving, or feel like you give up on everything you ever try, this is the book you want. This book helps you see that success isn’t about talent, but about the ability to stick with things and figure them out, even when they get hard.
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. This book changed my marriage and changed the way that I interact with my children. It helped me understand relationship with everyone significant in my life. Even if you’re not in a relationship, I highly recommend this book.
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Most people have heard about this book. If you haven’t read it, you should. Even if you’re not interested in a minimalist life, I still recommend it. This book is about only having things in your life that bring you joy. When I embraced the teachings of this book, my life got much simpler and I learned not to be consumed by “stuff”.
- Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. This is a really quick book about time management. As a mom, I feel like I NEVER have enough time. This book gave me a few little tweaks that I was able to make to my routine that helps me be more efficient.
- Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susie Stiffelman. This one is another great parenting book. It helped me find little ways to help my stubborn child. It helped me understand her better and have more patience with her struggles.
Of the 50 books I listened to in the past 2 years, those are the top ten that I would recommend to anyone, but especially to women, and more especially to moms.
Do you have any books that you would add to the list? I’d love to hear them! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorites are.Share