2014 Essentials: 5 Books I’m Reading This Year

2014 Essentials: 5 Books I’m Reading This Year

If you’ve been reading this blog or following me on twitter for any amount of time then you’ll know that reading is one of my favorite things to do. I love to get lost in a great book and emerge having learned something new.

I usually wait until after I’ve finished a book before I tell you about it, but as I was compiling my reading list for the first half of the year I got the sudden urge to share the list with you. And I mean that literally because I’m giving away two of the books mentioned below. Keep reading to learn how you can win.

Financially Fearless

1. Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money by Alexa Von Tobel
Getting those finances in order is probably at the top of many 2014 resolution lists. So it makes sense to kick off the new year by reading Financially Fearless, the first book from LearnVest founder and CEO Alexa Von Tobel. Fearless just debuted at the top of the New York Times’ bestsellers list, so clearly I’m not the only one ready to crack this one open. 
Buy It: Financially Fearless

Jony ive leander kahney

2. Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney
As a huge fan of both Steve Jobs and Apple, I’ve always been curious about the guy who seemed to be one of Steve’s righthand men: Jony Ive. Ive is the senior vice president of Design at Apple and has played a key role in creating some of the company’s most ubiquitous and successful products. So when I learned that Leander Kahney had written a book about Ive, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! 
Buy It: Jony Ive
Win It: Instructions Below 

The Tools

3. The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence and Creativity by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
The Tools, is the book that I’m reading now. And even though I’m almost finished reading it, I find myself flipping back to earlier chapters to revisit some of the lessons. Because unlike most self-help books that tell you what to do about a problem and nothing else, this book gives you tangible instructions for how to cope with common issues that all of us face such as, anxiety, depression, stage fright and self-doubt just to name a few. 
Buy It: The Tools

In Her Shoes Tamera Mellon

4. In Her Shoes: A Memoir by Tamera Mellon
I’ve been intrigued with Tamara Mellon ever since I read The Towering World of Jimmy Choo, a controversial account of the rise, near-fall and rise again story of Jimmy Choo. So when I learned that Mellon, who parted ways with the company she turned into an iconic luxury brand a few years ago, would be talking about how she made it happen in her own words, I was all in. This is the book I’ll definitely be reading next! 
Buy It: In Her Shoes
Win It: Instructions below

The Dip by Seth Godin

5. The Dip by Seth Godin
This is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time, so any chance I get to introduce someone new to it, I take it! This book will expand your mind and cause you to view your current situation in a whole new light and perspective. It’ll ask you some of the questions you’ll need to answer to know whether or not you should stick to what you’re doing or if you should quit. It will also taunt you and call you out. 
Buy It: The Dip

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– THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED –
Winner: Tiesha Street

What I’m Giving Away: 

One (1) copy of In Her Shoes by Tamera Mellon and one (1) copy of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney. One person will win both books.

How to Enter (Mandatory): 

Tweet about this giveaway. Must mention @MissSuccess in the tweet and include a link to this post.

Example: I just entered the 2014 Essential Book Giveaway by @MissSuccess [link to post]. 

Bonus Entries (Increase Your Odds of Winning):

  • Comment below and let me know what books you’re looking forward to reading this year or what you’re reading now (2 entries).
  • Subscribe to this blog using the form on the upper righthand side of this page (3 entries).
  • Follow @MissSuccess on twitter and send a tweet to be counted (1 entry).

Contest Ends: Friday, January 17, 2014 at Midnight EST.

Open To: U.S. Residents Only.

Each entry will be assigned a number. The winner of this contest will be selected using a random number generator and will be notified by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be selected. The winner will receive their prize by mail.

Disclaimer: The products being given away were personally selected by me and provided for the purpose of this giveaway by Penguin Group.

  • Need to read Financially Fearless next. Currently reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. Just finished reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Super funny and creative. Read it in 2 days!

    • MissSuccess

      I heard Bossypants was really good. Need to check out ‘Where’d You Go.’

  • Tasha B

    I’m currently between two, scratch that, three books. The Book of Secrets by Deepak, The Alchemist and Ayurveda: Nature’s Medicine by Dr. David Frawley (for research). On my list of books to read this year are Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz and Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier.

    • MissSuccess

      Ooo! More good choices. Will be adding a few of these to my list as well! Thanks Tasha!

  • laurirottmayer

    The Dip is a great book and one I give to people who are struggling with “should I or shouldn’t I be doing this”. I also love to read and read 87 books last year. This year, I hope to top that and these two you are giving away look like good additions to my list. Will also be looking at the others you referenced. 🙂

    • MissSuccess

      87? That’s amazing! Good Luck Lauri!

  • Rana Campbell

    I’d really like to read The Dip by Seth Godin. Currently, I’m doing some e-reading with the Marketing Bullet series by Gary Bencivenga!

    • MissSuccess

      Rana, The Dip will change your life! Seriously…and it’s a super quick read.

  • Tiesha Street

    I am currently reading “Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Dreamed of and More” by Amy Dubois Barnett and I looking forward to reading David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell also Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    • MissSuccess

      All 3 of these are books I want to read. You guys are really making my list super long! LOL

  • I’m currently reading Orange is the New Black. Just finished Lean In and The Lean Startup. I’m looking forward to Financially Fearless and the Jony Ive book. Read The Dip last year, great and quick read.

    • MissSuccess

      How was Lean In?

      • It was good, quick read. I got it from a friend but if I recommended it I would tell someone to just check it out of the library. Not something you reread.

  • imperfctconcept

    These are some great books. Have you read Towering Over Jimmy Choo? Since her book came out I always urge people to read it.

    Yes, I have always be curious about the people closes to Steve Jobs. One of my mentors worked closely with him on NEXT so its pretty darn cool =)

    I am reading Break Out! right now and then I will start another one by Friday. Did you create a 2014 reading pinterest board?

    • MissSuccess

      Yes! I mention ‘Towering’ in the post! Loved that book. And I definitely want to read Break Out by Osteen. My list is getting longer!

  • Deej

    I need to read The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing…and Love by Jaimal Yogis. I also need to read the book you’re reading now, The Tools!

    • MissSuccess

      Finished the Tools the other day. It’s a good read! I need to check out The Fear Project!

  • Imani Rodman

    I’m finishing up “The Defining Decade”, which is an amazing book that helps young adults set the building blocks for success! I would love to read The Tools, thanks for the reco 🙂

    • MissSuccess

      definitely have to add this one to the list and YES! The Tools is really good.

  • Tiffany Winbush

    At the end of the year, I wrapped up ‘Stop Saying You’re Fine: Discover a More Powerful You’ by Mel Robbins. It basically gives you a shift kick in the pants to get up and going if you’re stuck in a rut. This was released several years before Sandberg’s ‘Lean In,’ but it actually discusses the concept of leaning in often throughout the book. It’s a great read and will certainly enhance any 2014 reading list.

    • MissSuccess

      Wow Tiffany! This definitely sounds like a book I need to read! Thank you so much for the recommendation.

  • thebayarean

    I have always been a bookworm and am excited at the possibility of winning some new reads! I just finished “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo and highly recommend it.

    • MissSuccess

      Going to look into this!

  • thisgrownman

    I need to get my game on with reading. No more excuses. Thanks for these recommendations. I like Seth Godin.