We can only be deliberate about the way we live to the extent that we are deliberate about the way we lead ourselves – including the way we manage our emotions.
It’s that time of year again! If you’re looking for ideas on what to read in 2017, here’s a round-up of the books that stood out to me this year. If you’re looking for tips on how to read more in 2017, check out this earlier post on ‘4 Easy Ways to Read More’.
There were a few stand-outs for me this year in my reading list, including my first ever read of the Harry Potter series (what?! How could I have never read them before? I know…), and a successful second attempt at reading Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book on economics and inequality, ‘Capital in the 21st Century’, which I had tried and failed to finish when it came out a couple of years ago. I’m so glad I gave it a second try, because it turned out to be SO fascinating. I also started reading a few of the titles on the list of ‘A Year of Reading the World’, which gives suggestions for books translated into English from each nation in the world.
Here are the top 10 books that I found most impacting, significant or enjoyable, along with the rest of my reading list for the year –
There is one advantage that is available to anyone, requires no investment of time or money, and can radically improve your quality of life.
This is not to say that cultivating a posture of gratitude is easy. It’s not. It’s difficult. It requires discipline in our thoughts and our emotions.
And yet gratitude that is anchored in healthy and secure identity is, in my experience, all up-side. I have never in my life thought to myself, ‘You know, I think I really just should have approached that situation with a little less gratitude. I think I would have been a lot happier.”
This is a lesson of which I still have to continually remind myself. When I do, these are some of the things I tell myself:
(this is a post that originally appeared on an older blog, which I have transferred across to A Deliberate Life)
I set myself a little personal challenge for 2014, to read a book a week on average. I mostly just read whatever interested me, but when I discovered that I was gravitating overwhelming to books written by American men in the last 10 years, I also tried consciously to mis up my author perspectives by nationality, age of the book, gender, etc., because it’s boring and a little dangers to view the world through only one lens!