My life changed 30 years ago when I renewed my library card and started reading. Since then, I’ve read over 2000 books, articles, blogs, & newsletters. Every year I set a goal to read. Since last year I turned 50, I set a goal to read 50 books. Although I did share my list in a previous blog post, I wanted to share my top 5 favorites reads of 2015.
MY FAVORITE BOOKS FROM 2015
The Ultimate Recipe for an Energetic Life, by Kathy Parry
By far, one of the best resources for how to increase your energy levels via improved nutrition. Seriously, if you suffer from low energy, you want to read Kathy’s book.
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
My husband’s aunt sent me this book to read because she thought I would find it meaningful as a nurse. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a remarkable look at aging and quality of life as told by surgeon, Dr.Atul Gawande. He shares his own personal touching story about his father and the challenges families face when their loved ones are dying.
In this book, Joe provides practical strategies for managers to create environments where their employees are engaged. He includes the latest research on leadership, employee engagement, and motivation. I LOVE this book!
The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
I’ve been a huge fan of Success Magazine and publisher, Darren Hardy (although he just stepped down as publisher). In this book, Darren talks about how it’s the small changes when repeated over time that creates monumental change. I’ve read this book twice already and continue to revisit the principles included in this book.
The Payoff Principle, by Dr. Alan Zimmerman
In this book, Dr. Alan Zimmerman shares the secrets for getting what you want in life. He focuses on 3 keys areas: Purpose, Passion, and Process. If you are feeling stuck, this is a great “unsticker”.
The most important measure of success is not the numbers in your bank account, the square footage of your home(s), or the number of initials after your name – it’s making a difference in other peoples lives. We LEARN how to make a difference by becoming better humans ourselves. Reading helps us achieve more and do more. I hope my favorites become your favorites too.
Feed your body good food and your brain good content.
What are some of YOUR favorite books? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading. Take care and stay connected!
About the author: Dr. Renee Thompson is a keynote speaker, author and professional development/anti-bullying thought leader. Renee spends the majority of her time helping healthcare and academic organizations address and eliminate bullying behavior. To find out how you can bring Renee to YOUR organization or nursing event, click here.
As a nurse, I’ve seen my share of nurse bullying and physician incivility. The undermining, condescension, gossip, backstabbing, and refusing to help,