2019 is here, and this year I want to challenge myself to read more books than ever! That is why I have decided to create the 20 before 2020 challenge. I will read or listen to the audiobooks for all of the books in this post before this year ends.
The 20 before 2020 list
The following are the books I have chosen for this challenge. I’ll share the title for each book and a brief description of why I chose it.
- Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath – This book includes an assessment to help you find your top 5 strengths. Once you complete that assessment, you can learn more about each of those strengths and how to use them to their best advantage. I’m reading this one because I want to know if what I think my strengths match what the assessment says and I love learning more about myself.
- High-Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard – In this book, Brendon Burchard covers the six habits that separate high performers from the rest of us. I often feel that I’m spinning my wheels, so I think this will help me refocus on what is essential.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – This book is a guide to help declutter and organize your home that inspired the Netflix hit series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. One of my significant weaknesses in life is that I am disorganized and my home reflects that. I hope this book will help me get my house in order.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama – This is the autobiography of former First Lady Michelle Obama. I love reading the autobiographies of inspiring women, and you can’t get much more inspiring than Michelle.
- Rising Strong by Brene Brown – When we live courageously, we are all bound to fail occasionally, despite our best efforts. This book covers how to rise again after you fall. I stumble a lot and have a hard time recovering, so I need to read this.
- Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley – Our lives can feel overwhelming because we think we need to do it all. Emily Ley, the creator of the Simplified Planner, shares how to simplify your life and help set priorities. I am always trying to do too much, so I am looking forward to learning her methodology and applying it.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – This book is all about inspiration, creativity, and curiosity. How do we find them, and infuse them into our everyday lives? This book has been on my list of books to read for years, so I’m excited that it made it on my 20 before 2020 list. I often get stuck while I’m in the creative process, so I’m looking forward to Elizabeth Gilbert’s insight.
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown – We spend a lot of time trying to make our lives look perfect, but that isn’t a good way to live. In this book, Brene Brown provides 10 Guideposts to help us live more authentically and wholeheartedly. I read this book four years ago and loved it. Unfortunately, I have forgotten a lot of the lessons in it. I think reading it again will remind me to embrace my imperfections and share my true self with others.
- Take Control of Your Life with Mel Robbins – Fear is paralyzing, and it is a huge obstacle that we all face. In this Audible Original Audiobook, we get to listen in as Mel Robbins coaches real people on how to overcome their biggest fear and live to their fullest potential. I have been in love with Mel ever since I read The 5 Second Rule. I loved it so much; I wrote this post about how it impacted my life. I’m sure that I will be just as inspired by this one.
- The 15 Laws of Invaluable Growth by John C. Maxwell – John C. Maxwell is a world-renowned expert in personal development. In this book, he shares the 15 principals is takes to reach our full potential. I don’t know about you, but I’d sure like to know what to do to be the best version of myself.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey – This book is the autobiography of Tina Fey’s life. You probably know her from her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. This book is at the halfway mark of the 20 before 2020 list for a reason. I think I’ll need a laugh and I hear that she gives some great advice along the way.
- Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown – We live in a society full of perfectionism, people-pleasing and eroding civility. We are more disconnected and divided than ever. Brene Brown states her case for why we need to believe in ourselves and belong to ourselves before we can face the uncertainty and cynicism of the world. All the negativity on social media has been bumming me out. I hope this book will help me feel more connected and whole.
- The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney – Introverts make up a large part of the population, but they are generally misunderstood. They are inaccurately described as shy or anti-social, and they are often told that there is something wrong with them. This book teaches introverts how to leverage their unique strengths and thrive in a world that favors extroverts. I’m an introvert, and I believe that this book will help me understand myself better. Hopefully, I will be able to use the tools in the book to grow personally and professionally.
- Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis – In this follow up to her best-seller, Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis challenges women to stop getting in their own way. She believes that we allow others to define us instead of embracing who we are and what we want. I noticed that my circumstances often dictate my choices. I hope that this book will help me take control of my life back.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, is an introvert. In this book, she shares how her life was changed when she said Yes to any unexpected invitations that came her way for a full year. I am quick to say no when people invite me out. I am interested in learning what happened to her and seeing if I can apply it in my life.
- Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger – Stepping out of our comfort zone is a tough thing to do. Imperfect courage author, Jessica Honegger, challenges the reader to trade their comfort zone and exchange it for a life of impact and meaning. I need a big push out of my comfort zone. I think this book could be a game changer for me.
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – This is Mindy Kaling’s follow up to her hilarious book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. It is a series of essays that range from stories about her love life to our fascination with actresses weight. I chose this one because I loved her first book and I’ll need a good laugh after a lot of heavy reading.
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown – Before you ask, I’m fully aware that Brene Brown is on this list four times. I couldn’t cut any of her books out because I need each one for a different reason. This book is all about leaders and building a culture of courage. I see myself as a leader, and I want to learn how to be the type of leader who inspires others to be brave by demonstrating that fearlessness to them. This is precisely the book I need to get me there.
- You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero – You are a Badass is a no-nonsense guide to living an awesome life. It is broken up in to short, easy to digest chapters that are fun and insightful. This will be my second time reading this book. I enjoyed it the first time, but I had a lot going on at the time, and I think I missed some valuable lessons. This time around, I plan to give it my full focus.
- Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel – The final book on this list is one I need desperately. It teaches you how to eliminate behaviors that we learn as girls that sabotage our lives as adults. I know I have a lot of bad habits and I’m looking forward to getting rid of all of them!
I hope my 20 before 2020 reading list has inspired you to pick up a few books yourself this year. Want to read along with me? Click here to grab all of the books!