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My reaction after I read all of these books!

I know, we’re still in 2017. But I wanted to share five books I read this year, that were life changing. I wont spoil the book for you but rather give you a few snippets.

You Are a Badass

So I picked up this book because of the title and read the first chapter at the bookstore.This would be considered a “self-help” book but Sincero is so funny.

Me reading the first chapter of You Are A Bad Ass.

This book also boosted my confidence as I was struggling with impostor syndrome. A lot of people enjoy the audio book and there is even a calendar available. She has another book, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, I have not read it yet but New York Magazine states it is “A cheerful manifesto on removing obstacles between yourself and the income of your dreams.”

Year of Yes

Yes! You read it right. Shonda Rhimes, the Shonda Rhimes. The writer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Private Practice, and The Catch. Shows I personally watch, religiously. I loved her book because I didn’t know that a woman of her caliber was just as shy and timid as I was. Shonda describes how a simple comment prompted her to commit and say Yes to engagements for a year. She then explains how her Year of Yes was life changing for her and her family.

The Four Agreements

So what I came to realize about the four agreements listed in the book is that we are taught this as a kid. And somehow, somewhere as an adult, we forget these basic life rules. It’s a small read and fits perfectly in your purse. And if you love it, Don Miguel Ruiz also has another book called The Fifth Agreements.

Option B

I was roaming around Barnes and Nobles and past by Option B on the shelf. I then went home and continued to see it in articles, in my email and in blogs. That prompted to believe that the universe was giving me a sign, so I went back to Barnes and Noble and picked it up.

Boy, was I in for a surprise! I didn’t know who Sheryl Sandberg was or her history. Unfortunately, Sheryl lost her husband. She shared how she and her children moved forward after the loss including their struggles. Sheryl also explains how difficult it was to mourn and return to work. I love how she also adds snippets of other people’s resilience after losing a loved one. My biggest take away from this book is that I now know how to address and comfort others when they are going through tough situations.

Lean In

As I was reading Option B, Sheryl mentioned her first book Lean in several times. So naturally, I took a trip to the bookstore and picked it up. This was the first time I realized that there were other women in this world who were considered to be the minority in the technology industry. While I was reading her book, she mentioned a group of women in technology who gathered together around the world, referred to as Lean In circles. I jumped onto the website and there it was. Tons of circles around the world. I joined a circle and someone posted an article Make It Count: My Top 5 Salary Negotiation Tips on the social feed. And that’s how I found code like a girl!

Let me know what you think about these books. And I’d love it if you suggested some as well.

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