Instead of the usual, fitness and weight loss New Year’s resolutions, what if you made an effort to read a new book each month? Keeping your mind sharp and continuing your education is also great for your health and your brain. Plus, it’s fun and enlightening!
Fun fact: I’ve always been a book nerd and even minored in English/British Literature in college. So I enjoy reading as a hobby, while I travel, on the beach, by the pool, before bed, etc. Today we all read articles online and on our phones daily, but many of us neglect a good old fashioned hardback book. I still enjoy holding a book in my hand, but e-books are so easily accessible to us these days that there’s no excuse not to read!
Here are a few books that I’ve read recently and have on my list for this month:
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight is a surprisingly fantastic story teller and shares his journey to build one of the biggest sports brand empires in the world. One of my favorite books of 2016, this is a must read for anyone — especially sports fans. He even talks about the many athletes that have helped make the brand so iconic, from Michael Jordan to Tiger Woods and more. I loved it!
The Magnolia Story: A book by Chip and Joanna Gaines
I’m such a fan girl of Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna Gaines! Even if you don’t watch their show on HGTV, you will love this couple. They are such an inspiration to how we can live our lives, be positive, passionate about our work, family and community. It’s so fun to hear about their love story with each other, Waco, TX, and their business. Read this to insert a little light in your day.
Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour
As a reporter for the PGA TOUR, I hear stories behind the scenes about players and events. Shane Ryan does a wonderful job of exposing some of those unspoken stories, while telling them so eloquently — making you understand why and how individual players tick and do what they do. It’s so fascinating to hear the background stories of players like Rory McIlroy, who were charged with introducing the public to a new generation of golfers in 2014 as Tiger Woods struggled to stay healthy. A must read for any golf or sports fan!
Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force — on my list of books to read!
Ego is the Enemy
Ryan Holiday makes you think deeply about your own intentions and goals for your life and career and how those goals/intentions impact others and your legacy. A follow-up to his book “The Obstacle Is the Way,” Holiday also inspires you to work hard at those goals, while making you consider your true aspirations and what achieving them can look like.
A few of my favorite quotes from the book include:
“Arrogance and self-absorption inhibit growth.”
“Though we think big, we must act and live small in order to accomplish what we seek.”
“Passion is about…Purpose is about doing something outside yourself.”
Books on my “to read” list:
- Settle for More by Megyn Kelley
- The alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- All the Light We Cannot See
- Scrappy little nobody by Anna Kendrick
- THE GIRLS
I hope this inspires you to pick up a book this month! It will be a valuable addition to your weekly routine! Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy it or even learn something 😉