The Best Books to Get Your Life

Written by Monica Mickel

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved books. I’m not sure where my love for books came from, but I can take a wild guess and say it was my mom. I remember as a kid, my mom would drag my brother and I to the local library every Saturday for hours to sit and read. I would curl up in a corner and get lost in titles like Charlotte's Web, The Babysitters Club, and every single Chicken Soup for the Soul title you could name. Reading for me as a kid was my favorite pastime, but as an adult, it has become a requirement for both my professional and personal growth.

Over the years I’ve read tons of books, but the following titles have really added true value to my life. My hope is that they’ll do the same for you.

Here are my Top Six Books to Get Your Life This Year:  


1.Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor And Middle Class Don’t!

I read this book in high-school and it completely changed the way I thought about money. I like to call this book the Financial Literacy God! If you’re searching for a book that will explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich this is it.

2. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Ever wore a pair of TOMS shoes and wondered how the company got started? Are you on a quest to drive social change or live your life with purpose? If so, this book may be for you. When I first had the initial thought to start my business, I read this book and it guided me and opened my eyes in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

Top Gems/Quotes to start something that matters:

  • Be the Change you want to see in this world.

  • If you wait for the timing to be right before you make a move, you may never make a move at all.

  • Be resourceful without resources.

  • Share your story

3. How To Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie

Three Words- Social Media Branding! If you’ve read the original version before, I encourage you to read the digital age version as well. In this book, Dale  Carnegie breaks down top strategies for lucrative progress in your digital conversations, your collaborations, and your company. This book has been extremely helpful in helping shape the story I’m telling about myself online.

4. The Dip by Seth Godin

A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit and When To Stick

Seth Godin is by far one of my favorite authors of all time and I adore anything he writes. I read this book two years ago when I wanted to switch career paths, and it helped me a lot. In this book, Seth walks you through how to quit the wrong stuff, stick with the right stuff, and have the guts to do one or the other.

5. Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

If you’re a fan of the Nasty Gal brand and want to wake up your inner Girl Boss, this book is for you. Before reading this I had my thoughts on what my idea of a girl boss or boss in general was, but hunny was I wrong. In this book, Amoruso breaks down the hard work, grit, and detail it takes to build a multi-millionaire sustainable brand.