By Kerry Pivovar:
The Red Branch summer reading guide is here! Take advantage of the long days and warm weather to recharge your life with our top five picks. From pursuing passions to decluttering spaces and improving your financial situation, there is something for everyone on this list of motivational books. Take sip, turn a page and get motivated!
1. Ignite a Passion
“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
Title: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Author: Angela Duckworth
Why: Grit shows readers the secret to success isn’t talent or brains, but passion and persistence. Learning how to identify and develop this trait can be the key to success across any industry. Duckworth reflects on her own upbringing to deliver a powerful story on finding the secret to success.
What Readers Say: “Angela Duckworth has done unparalleled research on a topic that often eludes us. And yet, it might be the most important idea when it comes to examining our life, work, identity, and relationships.” Buy Now
“Without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life.”
Title: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your LIfe…And Maybe the World
Author: William H. McRaven
Why: Retired Navy SEAL McRaven opens up about the lessons he learned during Navy SEAL training and how those experiences help him overcome challenges and move beyond failure. This inspirational book is full of hope, perseverance and bravery. If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.
What Readers Say: “The message of the book was profound and inspiring. I read the entire book in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down.” Buy Now
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3. Declutter Your Life
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”
Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: Marie Kondo
Why: Life. Changing. Book. Period. Marie Kondo is a genius in the art of decluttering and organization. This book takes you on a journey, guiding you on what ‘sparks joy’ in your life and what doesn’t. Your relationship with material possessions and clutter will be transformed.
What Readers Say: “I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s ever struggled with the guilt of letting things go. I’ve tried many organizational programs and bought countless storage devices to keep it all contained but all I really needed to buy was this book. As cliché as it sounds, the book truly did change my life and I am so grateful.” Buy NowGet #motivated poolside with this list of summer reading: Click To Tweet
4. Take Back Your Finances
“Money is something we choose to trade our life energy for.”
Title: Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
Author: Vicki Robin
Why: This book has been a mainstay in financial wellness books for more than 25 years. Vicki Robin walks readers through the 9 steps in transforming your relationships with money from budgeting to knowing what your time is really worth, to financial independence. Whether you would like to get out of debt, live on a budget or build wealth, this book is for you.
What readers said: “The authors ask you to pull all your money skeletons out of the closet and confront them. They challenge everything we’re taught by our culture about money and how we should be spending our time. They also ask you to do the work, and it’s not easy. It took me three attempts (several years apart) to fully read and comprehend this book, so don’t worry if you can’t finish on the first try.” Buy Now
5. Get Over It
“Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”
Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Good Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Why: Cut the positivity crap. This book addresses how to effectively deal with the negativity we have to deal with in life. Life is not always rainbows and butterflies, and the good guys don’t always win. Manson uses an honest and quasi-nihilist approach to come to terms with our emotions – and what we actually need out of life.
What Readers Say: “This has been one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a while. I love self-improvement reads, but nothing compares to Masons inspiring in-your-face reality checks. Hearing the truth has never felt so good! It’s about time someone says it and says it right.” Buy Now
Feel the Breeze
A good read can reset a mindset and change a mood. The talented authors on this list share their wisdom in the hopes of improving the lives of their readers. They offer a personal and practical approach to bettering lives no matter what state it is currently in. Take this summer to recharge your batteries and refocus your life on what matters. What is better than a margarita and a book while laying poolside?
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