2015 Books In Review, Part Three

Ready for some self-help books? I am a self-help junkie and include business, health, psychology, and lifestyle books to all be in this category. I read a LOT of this type of book but here are some good ones I read in 2015.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown. This is an EXCELLENT book that I highly recommend to everyone, especially anyone who feels like their life is too busy and too full of “must-dos”. I took a lot of notes while I read this and reference them regularly. It’s a short book and will help you weed through all the bullshit you tell yourself and zero in on what’s truly essential to YOU.

Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Simply wonderful, beautiful, breathtakingly lovely. There are only a few (at most) books that I read each year that are so good that I buy my own copy. This is one of them. I don’t know how to describe this book other than to say it’s a guide to dealing with failure while you are failing and it hurts and you feel scared and vulnerable and everyone wants you to be brave.

Finding Meaning In the Second Half of Life by James Hollis. I discovered this book on accident one night when I was looking for something to read. It was available as an ebook from the library so I gave it a try and ended up really loving it. Part philosophy, part psycho-therapy and lots of food for thought for approaching life with older kids, older parents, and the different perspectives and goals that come with age and wisdom.

Resilience, Eric Greitens. I should have put this in the philosophy list but I didn’t so here it is. Read it. It will help you a lot. With everything. I don’t know why so many of the books I read this year seem to be slightly titled toward the male reader, but it is so. This book is among them and would therefor be a great book to give to the guy in your life, especially if he is a Navy Seal fanboy. It’s written as an ongoing correspondence between two male friends, one who is struggling to get back on his feet after coming home from deployment and one who is helping him. Lots of wisdom here.

Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin. I am a huge Gretchen Rubin fan. I love how she distills all kinds of sources of knowledge into tangible, useful strategies fro every day life. Read this before making your New Year’s Resolutions.

Lastly, I read a few excellent books on personality typing. I would recommend them ALL so here they are:

I also have this book on the way and will hopefully have it read before the end of the year:

I hope I have inspired you to pick one of these up in 2016. I think you will be the better for it. And please note, I used affiliate links in this post.