My Top 5 Book Recommendations From 2017

In 2017 I made it one of my personal goals to read a book a week. I started this goal in March of 2017 and was able to get through 36 books. For some of you book worms, 36 books may not be an inspiring or lofty accomplishment; but, I assure you, getting through even one book in a year was a big deal for this gal…

Here's a funny fact for you. After I completed medical school I think I cracked open and finished exactly ONE book in 13 years. Yep. ONE. I guess there was a part of me that was tired of "having" to read books and I was burnt out. But 13 years later, I dug up the urge to challenge myself to learn, grow and achieve more in life. I wanted to extract the best tips for living a full life; for building a business; for adopting new skills. I wanted to learn theses skills from experts and not break the bank in the process. Enter the wonderful world of reading...

Now, you will often find me reading something inspirational first thing in the morning, listening to audiobooks on my commute to work or while doing house chores and reading gripping stories as part of my nightly routine. I can't get enough. My entire world has opened up to the fun of exploring new ideas and mind-bending and provoking prose.

After perusing through 36 books last year, I thought I would take the time to share with you my top 5 and why I have picked them for you to consider for your Reading List.

Life's Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard:

This is a PAGE TURNER!  I could not put this book down. It is an inspiring and captivating fictional story of a man and his journey of a magical experience within a theme park. The man is forced to come to terms with his own character flaws and overcome them if he is to survive his many tests within the park gates. What he discovers will open up tremendous questions for you to explore in your own life. You will not be the same after reading its last page. I promise...

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo:

The author of the New York Time's Best Selling book,The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has done it again. This book not only adequately summarizes the concepts in her The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but she takes it a step further to teach you how to organize once you have fully decluttered and sorted. As you are aware, I am OBSESSED with simplifying my life and living an organized (but decluttered) lifestyle. While I had already implemented most of these concepts prior to reading the book, I loved the message she shares about how to revere the things we have; to only attach ourselves to those things that truly spark joy for us and to happily let go (in a grateful manner) of everything else.  Of course, she mentions the necessity of holding on to what we use that does not necessarily spark joy; but, she helps the reader to reframe thoughts around every day items to make them more inspiring.

Work Clean by Dan Charnas:

Dan is a journalist for The New York Times and spent years interviewing and observing some of the world's top chefs. In this book, he artfully translates the incredibly clean and organized world of a chef's cooking space to our every day work lives.  The way he eloquently guides the reader through the application of the mis en place concept is so mesmerizing. I am in absolute awe at how inspired I was to keep all of my work spaces, counter tops and morning routines in line with the culture and concepts that mise en place provides.  If you are the least bit interested in creating more rhythm, routine, cleanliness and purpose in your daily routines you will absolutely cherish the concepts in this book!

Love Does by Bob Goff:

This is a book that everyone must read if they are to understand how we should interact with our friends, family, neighbors and the world. The spiritual concepts illustrated throughout the pages, create practical (and hilarious) illustrations about how we as humans can demonstrate love through our daily actions, not just words. His humorous take on his adventures in life will have you rolling in laughter.  If you are the slightest bit interested in loving others more effectively, you will absolutely be glad you read this book! The best part?  All of the proceeds go to charity in an effort to make children's lives better. How cool is that?

The Charge by Brendon Burchard:

I am a huge fan of Brendon and have read ALL of his books. While I can recommend them all, for the sake of this blog post, I had to include my top two (although his newest book is currently on my reading table). In this book, Brendon shares his personal struggles and the life-changing event that catapulted him into living a charged life; a life with purpose and filled with love. He describes the 10 human drives that each of us need to tap into regularly to feel our most alive; our most vibrant selves. I believe that this book is one of the best road maps for helping you to discover the life you were meant to live in service to others.  Make this book a member of your reference library, today!

There you have it! My top 5 books that will remain part of my library or recommendation list for many years to come.  I can't wait to give you more recommendations in 2018!

Please comment below and let me know what books inspired you last year and what books you think should be on everyone's reading list!  I can't wait to hear from you!

Live your best. Look your best. Love your best.

All the best to you,

Dr. Linné

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