6 Books I’m Reading In 2017 To Boost My Career And Make Me A Better Person

December 29, 2016

Jenell Book Shelf

My goal is to read at least one book each month in 2017 for a minimum of 12 books throughout the year. I’m off to a great start because I already have 6 books on my book shelf that I need to finally read.

I’m planning on sharing book reviews here throughout the year as well just to share what I thought of them. It was suggested to me on Instagram that I take this a step further and start a book club. Let me know if you’re interested and I can get to work on creating this for everyone to join me.

First Up

I never read one book at a time, sometimes I read 4 or even 5 books at time but never of the same genre.  I often have different literary needs throughout the month. Sometimes I want to read an empowerment book or something purely for entertainment but then I also need to read a spirituality book to keep me centered and one with God, but I also want to read a career book to continuously develop my skills as an entrepreneur and expert speaker.

Right now I’m reading “I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life” by Joel Osteen. I started reading this daily meditation book in April, 2016 but only got through to day 8 of 31 during this year.  When I started the book my dad was really sick and in the hospital I was also dealing with emotional stress with my career. With this book I knew each day I would read it and be filled with the word. This book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. Declarations will affirm God’s blessings in the areas of health, family, legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook and overcoming obstacles.

As I type this, I’m on day 13 and I really appreciate how empowering and uplifting this book is. I share my declarations on twitter daily. Check them out.

I’m also reading the “The Highly Paid Expert: Turn Your Passion, Skills, and Talents Into A Lucrative Career by Becoming The Go-To Authority In Your Industry” by Debbi Allen because like I said, I’m never ever reading just one book at a time.  This book offers proven strategies and a powerful step-by-step plan of action on exactly how to quickly grow your expert business. As someone who’s been working as an expert in the beauty industry for almost 7 years I self taught myself many of the things in this book before ever reading it but reading it in the book validated lots of the work I’ve done. And I will admit I’ve gained a few gems and I would recommend this to someone who is at the bare bones of starting an expert business.

Up Next

I plan on reading “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek when I’m done reading “The Highly Paid Expert” in a few weeks. And when I’m done with “I Declare” I think I’ll read “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.

I did crack open “The Girl’s Guide: Getting the hang of your whole complicated, unpredictable, impossibly amazing life” by Melissa Kirsch because I really liked the cover but after reading the first 20 pages it’s just not doing it for me. This could be do to where I am right now at this time. I’m very focused on my career and the new projects that I’m working on and this book just isn’t grabbing me right now. I’ll put it to the middle of the pile and pick it back up during the summer when I’m traveling and need something to read on the plane.

I don’t like reading books of the same genre at the same time so I plan to read “The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization” by Jacob as the last of the career books I read from this pile.

What books are currently on your bookshelf? What goals do you have for reading in 2017?

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  • Reply Turquoise December 31, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Hi Jenell, I also plan to read a book a month as part of my 2017 goals. I am interested in joining your book club!

    • Reply Jenell B Stewart January 9, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Let me get this book club up and running then!

      • Reply QueenEsther Spivey January 14, 2017 at 7:39 am

        Please do Jenell! You are such a positive inspiration in my life. I love reading as well, probably why I keep returning to school, because you can never be too educated.

  • Reply Zucchuni B. Murphy December 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Great choices. I can’t do Joel Olsteen but I will check out Start with Why. Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy!!!

    • Reply Jenell B Stewart January 9, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Spill the tea on Joel?
      I havent started Start with Why, but lets share notes when I do.

  • Reply Gina January 5, 2017 at 10:40 am

    My current read is Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. My oh my. You should add it to your stack. It’s truly a gem and I’m not even finished with it.

    Great posts and books you’ve hipped me too. Thank you. Happy reading.

  • Reply Latrina January 9, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I Love it I thought I was the only person to read more than one book at a time my short term goal is to read 12 books and long term Goal is to read 24 in 2017

    • Reply Jenell B Stewart January 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

      You are definitely not alone. I find that A LOT of people read multiple books, especially those of us with intense multi tasking skills. LOL
      I love how you broke it down into long and short term goals. Happy New Year.

  • Reply Makeba February 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I’m ready for the book club as well because I too would like to read 12 books for the year. On my list are: Addicted to Unhappiness by Martha Heineman Pieper & William J Pieper; Destiny by T.D. Jakes; Exponential Living by Sheri Riley; Everybody Has Something by Robin Roberts. Definitely looking to add Start With Why & Boundaries.

  • Reply Jamie Rockymore-Bess March 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    This is amazing, I think it is a great idea to have a few books to read and to go to. Reading is such a peaceful activity to engage in and it also strengthens our vocabulary. I will be looking forward to hearing your reviews, and I admire how you give yourself a goal to tackle down this year. Wishing you the best and thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Jenell B Stewart March 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Jamie. I totally agree. Reading is fundamental!

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