Inside: I like to close out the year with a solid book list. This year is no exception. Here you’ll find my favorite reads from this year as well as three I can’t wait to release next year. Don’t miss the best books of 2020. *For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you.
I’ve heard it said that you’re not really supposed to read books while also trying writing one, or perhaps you just typically loses the capacity for such activities. Regardless, I found the opposite to be true. Thanks to this pandemic forcing the need to mentally escape the chaos of the world around me + the added pressure of meeting my own looming book deadline, I dove headfirst into more books this year than ever before.
In no particular order, (except for number one. Number one is my all time favorite read from 2020), here are my favorite reads from this year, plus 3 I can’t wait to be released next year.
1. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
I loved this book. Loved, in like a mind blown kind of way. Just Mercy is not only an incredible book, packed with powerful true stories, but it was hands down the most important book I read this year. It left me truly changed. Please read this book.
The movie is good, but you miss so many important stories if you don’t also read the book.
2. The Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
If you’re unfamiliar with the enneagram, it’s a personality typing system that is made up of nine different personality types. The Road Back to You is a practical, easy to digest, yet in depth explanation of the enneagram and all nine personality typings.
Understanding my enneagram type, which is a six, has been a major catalyst in my own personal growth. It’s given me a better understanding who I am, how I’m wired, my strengths as well as the areas in life that trip me up. I can not recommend this book enough. It was incredibly helpful in helping me both narrow down my own typing and understand more about how and why I respond to the world the way that I do.
If you enjoy learning more about the enneagram I recommend reading my recent article titled, How Understanding Your Enneagram Number Can Help You Live Clutter Free.
3. We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter
I couldn’t put this book down. We Were the Lucky Ones is the incredible true story of a Polish family separated during World War 2. If you read and loved The Nightingale, then I think you’ll love this one as well.
4. Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rawling
I know, I know, I’m a little late to the game. I’ve heard these books are amazing for years, but it wasn’t until my son specifically asked me to read them that I picked up the first book of the series back in April. Since then I’ve read books one through five. Gearing up to start number six soon.
Our copies are tattered, well-loved and the currently in the hands of my daughter. One of the biggest challenges of 2020 in our home has been keeping our children from accidentally spoiling the saga for me and each other. Reading these books along with my kid has helped us connect around reading and I’m totally here for it.
5. Project 333, by Courtney Carver
This book by Courtney Carver, is a deep dive into the Project 333 fashion challenge. Project 333 helped me deeply prune my closet and create a simple, easily tidied wardrobe. If you’re hoping to simplify the clothing situation in your home, this book will help.
6. Get Out of Your Head, by Jennie Allen
As a chronic over-thinker, I find myself stuck in my own head all…the…time. I loved this book. Allen shares her own story of feeling stuck and strategies to help set you free.
7. Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer
I listened to this audio book on my Hoopla library app. It’s a book about finding purpose. Palmer walks you through his life, work and experience with depression and leads you on a journey to help you begin to discover what it is you were made to do.
8. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
In my opinion, this book lives up to the hype. I loved this book. It’s a murder mystery, which isn’t normally my thing, but it’s also a coming of age story about a young girl living as an outsider in her community. It’s just. So. Good
9. The Legacy Journey, by Dave Ramsey
I just finished listening to this book on my Hoopla library app. We’ve been fans of Dave Ramsey’s financial principles for a long time. In The Legacy Journey, Ramsey discusses saving, spending, generosity, contentment, and passing on wealth to our kids.
10. 12 Tiny Things, by Heidi Barr and Ellie Roscher
12 Tiny Things releases January 5th, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early reader copy. In this book, authors Barr and Roscher walk us through 12 essential areas such as space, work, spirituality, nature and creativity, encouraging us to take tiny steps in order to grow. It’s a refreshing and important read as we exit a chaotic and overwhelming year.
Books to Watch for in 2021
The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less, by Christine Platt
I love Christine Platt’s take on minimalism. It’s refreshing and inviting. She focuses on creating a home that fits your own personal style and a minimalism that works bests for you. I’ve been following Christine on Instagram, @afrominimalist, for a while and I’m so excited for her book releasing June 2021. Don’t miss it.
Effortless: Make it Easy to Do What Matters, by Greg McKeown
If you haven’t read McKeown’s book, Essentialism, it’s a must read. I can’t recommend it enough. I’d place it at the top of my list of favorite books to inspire simplicity, minimalism and doing less for the sake of more. Which is why I can’t wait for his newest book to release April 27th.
Messy Minimalism, by Rachelle Crawford
I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that the book I’m most looking forward to releasing next year was my own. Messy Minimalism, releases late fall 2021, (which feels like an eternity away).
I wrote this book to make minimalism doable. Often times the benefits of living with less are swallowed up by its seemingly unattainability. It can feel out of reach to the very people who need it most. Messy Minimalism shares a grace-based approach to minimalism, one that is very much doable. Follow @abundantlifewithless on Instagram and by email for all things Messy Minimalism related.
I’d love to hear, what books you loved reading this year?
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