If you want your life to be different… READ!

Words are thoughts that when shared are accepted as good ideas or bad ideas. Every single word you hear or read consciously or subconsciously shapes your beliefs and therefore they shape your life. Below you will find seventy-seven books from my personal recommended reading list. These books have changed my life. I am grateful to each author whose words shaped my soul. If you want your life to be different… read!

Allyson Lewis’ Top 10 Must Read Books
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  1. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Acct of Operation Redwing & the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Lutrell
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankle
  3. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  4. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
  5. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  8. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John Mann
  9. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  10. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Biography

Who do you admire? Imagine what you can learn from reading the biographies of some of the best and worst men and women in history.

  1. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  2. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  3. Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Major (Ret.) Dick Winters & Cole C. Kingseed
  4. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose
  5. D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches by Stephen Ambrose
  6. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  8. John Adams by David McCullough
  9. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
  10. Abraham Lincoln (Pocket Biographies) by H. G. Pitt
  11. Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
  12. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
  13. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  14. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Attention / Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity: the brain is plastic or changeable. Do not miss this section! Yes, some of these books read like text books.   The brain science of neuroplasticity has fascinated me since the moment I first read about how you can re-wire your brain to increase your attention span and sharpen your concentration and ability to focus.

Personal Development

You can be different tomorrow than you are today. Reading books is one of the best ways to learn from the wisdom of others.

Psychology

Happiness, sadness, creativity, logical thinking, planning, dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, courage, motivation, new challenges. This set of books will inspire and educate you.
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Business

The business world changes at the speed of light… but, some of these books are decades old.

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Fiction

What novels will you read to sweep you away?

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Faith

We all believe something. These are books that have inspired hundreds of thousands. Slow down and enjoy a book to reconnect with your soul.

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Three Recommendations to Help You Read More

As a time management strategist I offer three recommendations to help you find the time to read more books.

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1. Read 10 Pages a Day

Books are not usually intended to be read in a single setting. Create a daily reading strategy, set a time where you will read ten pages of a book every day. If you want to learn more about leadership, read ten pages of a biography a great leader. I you want to be inspired, read ten pages of an inspirational book.

2. Listen to Books

Some people have difficulty sitting and reading.  Therefore, my second recommendation is for you to download books to your smart phone or to your computer and list to books as you exercise or clean house or while you are waiting in a doctor’s office.  Many libraries now allow you to download books electronically for a couple of weeks at no charge.  And, there are several other great ways to download books like Audible.com.

3. Read Books Aloud

This is one of my favorite recommendations to help you read more books.  This idea came from a friend of mine, Lindsay Penn, who said when she and her husband go on a trip she will pick a book and read it aloud. I have strong memories of my elementary teachers reading books aloud to our class and when reading time was over we would collectively beg for her not to stop reading.

 Do you have a library card?  Make time to go to your local library today – what book will you read first?

Featured photo credit: Allyson Lewis via flickr.com

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