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3 Books to Read Before 2019 *With GIVEAWAY*

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Note from Nichole: The giveaway is now closed. Christina M. is the lucky winner! Please keep following this blog. I will be doing another fun giveaway soon. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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I’m all about self-improvement. I think it’s because I’m constantly looking to do better, be better. I want to get the most out of life. You only get one, right? You might as well make it as amazing as possible. So, lately, I’ve been listening to book recommendations from friends and taking some adult leisure time to read. I highly suggest it.

Here are 3 books you should read before 2018 comes to a close.

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Book #1: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I love this book! Girl, Wash Your Face features 20 lies Rachel Hollis used to tell herself.  A few of the lies she talks about include being a bad writer, not being a good mom and being bad at sex. She basically de-bunks these relatable lies in a fun and easy-to-read fashion. I enjoy her writing style a ton. It feels like you are reading 20 short blog posts with takeaways at the end of each article. Girl, read this book! She also has a podcast that I’m planning to start this week.

Favorite takeaway: Stop breaking promises to yourself. If you tell yourself you are going to do something, do not make that promise your last priority. If you were best friends with yourself and you constantly broke self-commitments, wouldn’t you start feeling bad about yourself? Exactly. I recently made a commitment to myself to work out for 30 minutes for 30 days in a row. I keep this promise in the forefront of my mind to help me succeed. I am on day 22.

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Book #2: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This book, You are a Badass, is a great way to get motivated to create the life you have always wanted! Jen Sincero does an amazing job of relating to her readers while doing so in an interesting and thoughtful way. You’ll need a highlighter for this one because there’s so much to take away from it.

You are perfect. To think anything else is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. – Jen Sincero

Favorite takeaway: One of my favorite lines in this book keeps coming up in my life. Sincero recommends to focus on what makes you feel good and you will attract what makes you feel good. Do things that make you feel happy and happiness will find you! Believe that everything you want is available to you! You can and will succeed. Seriously, this book will leave you living a better life.

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Book #3: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Do you have habits in your life? Of course you do! Do you know how to change those habits for good? Do you know how to incorporate healthier habits into your life? You will after you read this book. The Power of Habit has a different reading style to it than the other two books I mentioned, but it is just as easy to enjoy. I can honestly say I am a believer in the science Duhigg is describing. He will take you through exactly how to change your habits, which might include sleeping patterns, eating habits, exercise routines and more. Figure out a cue that works for you, understand the routine and what reward your mind or body will appreciate. It’s really quite simple once you understand the process.

Favorite takeaway: It’s pretty amazing being able to understand why we do what we do. My favorite takeaway is exactly what he reiterates throughout the book: cue, routine and reward. You will get it. Try this book. You won’t regret doing so!

I’m of the belief that even if you don’t like everything about something, you’ll learn at least two important things from it. These books offer many more takeaways than that! You’ll find yourself motivated to grow, live and love more meaningfully than you ever have before. Happy reading, friends!

Have you read any of these books yet? Do you have any book recommendations? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


*Thank you to Jessie, Lauren and Thomas for your wise book recommendations! I deeply appreciate it.

This post was finished after lunch out with my daughter, Natalee. Coffee was present (at least on my side of the table).  

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Comments 52

  1. It would be awesome to win one of these books. I have not read any of them yet and all 3 are on my list of books to read. I have hear so many great things about each book.

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  2. My husband and I decided we’re writing the follow up to “Girl, Wash Your Face.” It’s called “Boy, Take a (cold) Shower.”

    Seriously, though, I loved the book and I look forward to reading the other two on this list! ❤️

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  3. I’ve heard so much about the Rachel Hollis book but not the others, thanks so much for the recommendations. My motto this year is better everyday!

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  4. I’ve been planning to read the first two suggestions for some time now. Maybe I need to start with the third suggestion so I actually get some reading done! Lol!

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  5. I’m not sure if my last comment went through….SO 😎 I’ve read the habits book and loved it. I haven’t read the other two, but have heard great things.

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  6. I have heard nothing but great things about these books. As always you are wonderful. I dont have any recommendations because i just dont read enoug 🙁

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  7. I just ordered “You are a badass” and am super excited to get it. They all sound like great reads! Once I have the self realization of badass-ery down I do plan to give the others a try. 🙂

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  8. The title “Girl, Wash Your Face” is enough to get me interested in reading it…even if I don’t feel the need for any more self-improvement. I’m pretty awesome just the way I am 😉😳😄😊

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