Curious Reads

5 Books I’m Reading this Fall

Ahhh! Fall is among us. Although the official date isn’t until September 22, the start of school is always the start of fall for me. And with this season comes the time to revamp my To Be Read List. Thus far, I’ve read at little over 20 books. I am super proud of this because I haven’t read this many books in a really long time. And I’m determined to keep  going.

My mentor Dr. Stacia Pierce always says to read in the direction of your goals and right now I am focused on a few areas. They include:

  • Career
  • Personal Growth
  • Love and Relationships
  • Finance

Additionally, I do believe you should read for fun too. A good story always does an imagination good, so throw some fun reads on your list.

Here are a FEW tips for constructing your fall reading list:

  1. What are your current goals? Evaluate your goals and then determine the subjects you need to be reading about.
  2. For ideas on what to read check out reading suggestions on Amazon, Good Reads, or Pinterest on your selected subjects.
  3. Select your reads.
  4. Start reading and record your takeaways in a journal.

I’ve created a document where you can record your reading list for the fall. Download it here. fall-reading-list

Here are 5 of the books that I will be reading this fall. I plan on reading more but I wanted to share my top 5.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Skip the Party Start a Business by Ariana Pierce

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The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

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The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

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What’s on your reading list? Have a great book you’d like to recommend? Please don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.

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6 Money Books to Help you Slay Your Finances

April is Financial Literacy Month so in honor of this special month, I took the time to compile some serious reads that will help you out. These awesome reads will not only help you shape up your budget but help you improve your money mindset and put you on a path to growing your money. So go on and slay boo slay.

  1. Girl, Get Your Money Straight by Glinda Bridgforth

Ya’ll remember Oprah’s Debt Diet? That was some years back but Ms. Glinda was one of the financial gurus featured on the show. Her book will help you get your financial life together. With real-life examples throughout the book Glinda shows how you can go from a hurting money situation to a hopeful one. I liked this one particularly because it gives you a whole list of ideas on ways you can increase your income.

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2. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

A quick and resourceful read that is rich in information. What I like about this book is that it teaches women financial independence and really how to “own your money.” In the back of the book there is an entire appendix section that deals with the budgeting process, investing, and real-life scenarios that include solutions.

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3. Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois P. Frankel

“You mean I can’t be nice about getting this money?” Well not according to Frankel. You definitely have to step up your money game on the road to wealth. There are so many money habits that we’ve carried on with for most of our lives that are poison to wealth building and financial independence. Run and get this book and start breaking those habits today.

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4. You’re Broke Because You Want to Be by Larry Winget

What a bold statement to make. But it’s true. I hear you, I hear you. I hear your excuses as you’re reading this. Whatever your excuse, Larry debunks it in this in your face read. After you’re done reading this book, you won’t have an excuse.

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5. Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

Where my six-figure ladies at? Apparently everywhere. Stanny wanted to improve her own financial situation and began speaking to other six-figure earners on how they got there and is sharing what she learned with us. Get the book and learn the secrets for yourself.

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6. Get a Financial Life Personal Finance in your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner

Now this book right here, should be in everyone’s library that is in their Twenties and Thirties. I personally think it is a great reference book to have. You don’t have to read this cover to cover. Each chapter includes a summary or a crib sheet of sorts, so if you’re in a hurry you can still get the information you need.

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What are some other financial reads that you have found helpful? Increasing your financial knowledge is the best thing you can do for yourself. To learn more about financial literacy, check out http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/. The site features an awesome 30 steps program that gets you on the road to better financial health.

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Back to Learning Series: Fall Into Reading

The kids went back to school this week here in Orlando. The start of school mean quite a few things around here, more traffic, fall sports, fundraisers, homework and assigned reading. Ahhh…I just got nostalgia there for a moment. One of my favorite subjects in school was English. This was due to all of the reading we were going to embark upon that school year. I’ve always been an avid reader. I even remember the very first book I checked out at the library.

My very first book I ever checked out at the Library. It was a great read too!
The very first book I ever checked out at the Library. It was a great read too!

Every season, I make a list of books that I plan on tackling. I find reading to be beneficial and somewhat magical. It increases my knowledge and a good story allows me to explore other worlds. I read for growth, for fun, and to make me more interesting (hey,it gives me new things to talk about). As the fall season embarks upon us, I created a new reading list for myself. Here is what I plan on reading below:

  1. Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  4. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor
  5. It’s Not How You Look It’s What You See by Lisa Bevere
  6. I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones and Sophia Bush
  7. Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  8. Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
  9. 13 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  10. I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
  11. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  12. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  14. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  15. The Sisters are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris

Do you have a list of books you’ll be reading? I implore you to make a list for yourself. Why?

Reading is Fun

Reading Motivates You

Reading Makes you Smarter

Reading Opens you up to Opportunities

Reading Makes you Cultured

Reading Makes you Well-Rounded

Reading Helps you Solve Problems

I could go on and on. So where does one start when making a list. For me, I always read in the direction I want my life to go in and I throw in some fun reads to add some variety. I also look at various reading lists. Recently looked at some reading challenges that I plan on trying in the next year. If you don’t know where to start, you can start there. I’ve created some Pinterest boards that can help you in creating your own list. You can follow them here…https://www.pinterest.com/raginasmith/the-curious-gal-blog-reading-lists/ and https://www.pinterest.com/raginasmith/the-curious-gal-blog-reading-challenges/

I hope this encourages you to make a list for yourself. I’ll be reporting my readings here on the The Curious Gal Blog. Stay tuned.