There are SO many books out there that I want to read. But honestly, every time I think about sitting down and reading a book I talk myself out of it. I almost feel guilty for taking the time to read…does anyone else feel this way?! But at the same time, I love to read and learn.
This is why I have become a devoted audiobook lover! I can drive, work out, do laundry, etc. and get everything out of a book without feeling like I’m neglecting the other things I need to get done (hello busy mamas). The only thing I miss about actually having the time to sit and read is being able to write notes and go back to the after but I guess you can’t have it all right?
How to “Read” a Book in TWO maybe Three Days 🙂
I use the Audible app to listen to my audiobooks. Audible is available on your computer or as an app for your smartphone. It’s an Amazon company and is completely free for prime members. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, don’t worry–your first book on audible is always free, so test it out and see if you like it!
This post is not sponsored, I really am just so excited to be listening to these books without staying up late after Diego goes to bed! I love having the ability to multitask while I listen.
Here are the books that have I have read recently and that left an impact on me:
The Gist: Health & wellness that MAKES SENSE!
Kelly LeVeque is a celebrity health and wellness consultant that’s changing our relationship with food and understanding the scientific relationship food has with our bodies. Nothing about her book feels like a diet, but more about freeing yourself from “food drama” and listening to how your body feels. But, my favorite part of her guide is the easy to remember Fab Four: 1. Protein 2. Fiber 3. Fat 4. Greens to incorporate into your meals and that will elongate your blood sugar curve. I honestly learned so much! From all the “eating” books I have ever read this is my favorite. It’s easy to make good choices when you understand the impact that those foods have in your body. Her book comes with 88 recipes whether you purchase as an audiobook or physical copy.
Since I read the book I have been having a Fab 4 Smoothie for breakfast and it’s amazing how much energy I have all the way until lunchtime. For this one I actually bought the hard copy too so I can easily reference the recipes.
The Gist: A science of changing, creating, and keeping habits.
Habit. Knowing how to create it is the core of what people call “willpower”. Charles Duhigg breaks down the 3-Step Loop of a Habit: Cue, Routine, Reward. Changing a habit is as simple as changing one part of the loop–your routine. There are so many different examples given and all of them remind me that “the only thing stopping you from being what I want to be is what I do”. It’s really an amazing reminder that we have the power to change and that we have the power to shape our lives to take us where we want to go. This is a great one to listen to if you are trying to achieve meaningful change. Also, remember that small changes turn into big changes when you start adding them all together.
The Gist: How to cleanse your mind of negative judgment and how life changing it is.
Whether you’re being judged or doing the judging, it’s such a poison to our health and happiness. This book really opened my eyes to how common judgment is in our daily life. BUT it’s something we can remove from our lives.I feel like sometimes we even do it without noticing! This book has an interactive 6 steps for how to detox your life of judgment. I got a hardcopy of this book as a gift and after I read the first chapter I bought the audio version!
The other day I heard somewhere that we must act how we want to feel instead of acting how we feel. This book reminds me of that, sometimes we let bad feelings like resentment take over our lives and energy with no possible positive outcome. We have to be mindful of these feelings and learn how to transform them into positive thoughts that will bring us peace and happiness.
The Gist: Effort CAN and does often succeed “talent,” our mental endurance and vision make a difference.
This book motivates me. Angela Duckworth gets into what makes highly successful people really different from the rest, and no it’s not some inborn talent. She talks about the importance of effort to the point that others aren’t willing to give, and that’s what gets mistaken for talent. My favorite lesson from the book is to “combine small, low-level, daily goals with a larger vision to stay consistently motivated.” If you feel “stuck” I really recommend this book to put things back into perspective. I love how this book emphasizes working hard for what you want, successful people aren’t lucky they know what they want and they work hard to achieve it.
I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired to give some of these audiobooks a listen! If you have any suggestions for audiobooks not mentioned on this list, be sure to let me know in the comments below!
P.S. If you prefer to listen to podcasts, here you can find some of my favorites!