2020 has been one hell of a year. From a worldwide pandemic, to Black Lives Matter, to a controversial election, this year has been one for the history books. But it’s also been a year of change and growth, endurance and hope.
So I’m sharing my top 5 books of 2020 that have inspiring messages. Because I believe now, more than ever, it’s important to take action and follow your dreams. If this year has taught us anything it’s that nothing in life is guaranteed, and everything could change tomorrow.
2020 is also the year to take that first step and to carve that new path. And after reading through my yearly faves, you’ll have some new inspiring, actionable, and entertaining reads to add to your wish list. Below, you’ll find a mixture of self-help, mindset, and fiction books to help you navigate challenges and see the positive in the negative.
*** Just a quick disclaimer: These books weren’t actually published in 2020. But, instead, these are some of the most impactful books I’ve read this year and helped me during these uncertain times.
1) Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (2019)
“You can do whatever you set your mind to if you just roll up your sleeves, get in there, and do it. Everything is figureoutable.”
Marie Forleo is a godsend for literally ANY female entrepreneur. Honestly, listening and watching MarieTV has helped me develop so many effective strategies and mindset shifts. So, naturally, when her book came out in the Fall of 2019, I scooped it up.
But I didn’t actually read it until early 2020 (before the start of COVID). And it helped me break cycles of fear and procrastination, mainly around areas that, at the time, felt impossible. Then when COVID hit and our world shifted, I used the practices Marie taught in her book almost daily.
As the title suggests, she makes a compelling argument: everything in life is figureoutable. And there’s always a way. She provides several inspiring case studies of people around the world who took the figureoutable approach to solve their challenges.
So, if you need a bit of guidance to tackle your biggest obstacles, this book is for you.
2) You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero (2017)
“You can have excuses or you can have success; you can’t have both.”
Jen Sincero is one of my favorite mindset authors. Her writing is the perfect mixture of inspiring, entertaining, and informative. Seriously, I laughed so many times in this book, and it’s not surprising that it found its way on my top books of 2020.
Sincero dives deep into changing your mindset around money and wealth. And she teaches you how to stop making excuses for the amount of dollars in your bank account. She doesn’t go through strategies to purchase lucrative investments or how to increase your marketing ROI. But she teaches you something far more valuable: how to open yourself up to the energy of money.
One of the concepts she stresses most is that money is limitless, that anyone can acquire more of it. But first they have to practice a healthy and abundant mindset.
In a year where so many people have struggled financially or have had to pivot drastically, this book is a welcome reminder that you CAN achieve great financial success. But you have to complete the inner work before you can see the outer results.
3) Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life by Chase Jarvis (2019)
“This is one of the biggest secrets of the most creative, happy, successful people: Just start.”
Alright, this one is for all my fellow creatives that often struggle to turn their passions into profits. Chase Jarvis, the founder and CEO of CreativeLive, walks you through the fundamental aspects of living a consistently creative life.
Using personal stories and practical advice, Jarvis outlines the daily practices, mindsets, and actions you need to take to succeed creatively. He points out common traps that often emerge that interrupts or distracts you from your creative flow. And he also teaches you to take calculated risks and to follow your intuition.
So if you know your creative life needs more consistency and some no-nonsense advice, this book is for you. And in a time of so much uncertainty, this book reminds you that your creativity is yours alone, and nothing can take that away from you.
4) The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah (2017)
“Alaska isn’t about who you were when you headed this way. It’s about who you become.”
First, I want to warn you: this book will pull at all your heartstrings. Also, you’ll likely have some (or a lot) of tears streaming down your face. But, and this is no hyperbole, this book is one of my all-time favourites.
Once again, Hannah brings her characters to life in this descriptive and jarring novel. Ernt Allbright returns home from the Vietnam War a different person. And, in a spontaneous decision, moves him, his wife (Cora), and his thirteen year old daughter (Leni) to Alaska.
The last frontier is dangerous and not a place for the faint of heart. And soon Leni understands the struggles of isolation, uncertainty, and crippling fear. But she rises above the obstacles thrown her way and, in the midst of unimaginable challenge and hardship, finds love and hope.
Even though this book was technically published three years ago, it encompasses many of the lessons we’ve learned from 2020. So, if you’re looking for an emotional read with lessons weaved within its descriptive world, this book is for you.
5) The Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
“Hope was tricky like water. Somehow it always found a way in.”
This book is another oldie (published in 2012) but goodie. Leigh Bardugo creates a world of magic, tyranny, and danger, where a young woman (Alina) steps into her power, even when she’s resistant to it. It’s a story about rising above your own self doubt, overcoming temptation, and following your heart.
It’s about finding the courage to do what’s right, even when you’re afraid.
So, if you’re a fan of young adult fantasy, you’ll definitely want this trilogy on your bookshelf. And in a year where so many people across the globe had to step into their courage and face unimaginable challenges and loss, this book has important lessons and themes I think we all need.
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Books have the power to inspire and change. And these top 5 books of 2020 are no different. Although they weren’t published this year, their advice and themes offer powerful wisdom for navigating this year of uncertainty.
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Also, for some more inspiring messages, check out this past post on my fave podcasts for entrepreneurs.