I used to be an avid reader in my younger days.
But I only really started reading at the age of 9. A bit of a late starter, but what can I say 🤷🏻♀️, I LOVE doing ART and embroidery more than reading at that time.
My Love of Books
I loved reading Enid Blyton’s books as a kid. They are great books for 7-12 year olds to read and I’ve started reading these as a kid because my sister recommended them to me. By the way, she’s more of an avid reader than I am. I think I read almost all of the series of Enid’s books. It was fun, interesting, magical and funny. I remember loving them so much.
Then when I was 13, I got into the Sweet Valley High books; these are teenage romance books which I used to be OBSESSED with. I think I was at a typical age where I started being interested in the opposite sex. And man, I was a real hopeless romantic at heart and real idealistic too when it comes to dreaming about what I want my future relationship to look like. And then later, I got into the adult romance books.
Keep reading because I’ve got a reading tracker free printable for you at the end of this post.
Books That Destroy the Soul
Besides the Enid Blyton’s books (I do recommend them by the way), I have stopped all romance books altogether. Nobody stopped me from reading them as I was a kid. I did not know any better. But as I became an adult, I later found out and realized that all of these books aren’t great books to read because they causes you to sin.
These romance books subtly but surely create some kind of fantasy and unrealistic expectations of what a real relationship is. It also messes your mind with unpleasant imagery, it robs you of your purity of mind and destroys your perception of what a real relationship or marriage should look like. This is no different than watching porn and I highly discourage you to do so.
Plus, the stories in these romance books are just fiction. Although I have to admit, it was fun to read at first because it allows me to escape from the real world and creates this crazy fantasy world in your mind. But unfortunately, it didn’t do any good to my soul because it eventually brought me further away from the Lord.
However when I made the decision to quit reading these books, I knew it in my heart immediately that I did the right thing. I also believe that it is what the Lord wants me to do so as well.
Books That Feed the Soul
I now focused on books that draw me closer to God and learning the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith and books on apologetics that defend the faith.
I also enjoy reading personal development books that inspires and motivates me in my business, increases my productivity, gets me focused on the things that matter that moves the needle in my business. Not to mention, helping me be a more rounded and positive person altogether.
Now that I’m married with kids, I can hardly find the time to read physical books, so I have now opted to audio books instead. So when I’m designing or doing some mindless chores, I always have my Audible app opened, listening as I do my work. It’s been so, so great and I’m learning SO much at the same time. Do try it for yourself if you find that you too struggle to have the time to read physical books. This is a great alternative and gets you so much out of it at the same time.
Physical Books Vs Audio Books
But if I have to choose, I actually prefer reading physical books. They’re less distracting than having an app on your phone that is constantly pulling your attention at every direction, making it hard to focus.
I love physical books. I love to feel the texture of the book and flipping a page at every turn makes it quite enjoyable to read. There is also no screen or notifications to distract you.
This is especially true when you have a book in your hand, having a cup of coffee and snacks beside you while you read. Oh, such pure happiness!
Recommended Books By Successful Entrepreneurs
When I say successful, these entrepreneurs are already making millions of dollars in their businesses.
One social media influencer that I’m following is currently making over 6+ million dollars in her business because of ONE book she read. Being inspired by that book, she then went on to make her first million dollars in her business and the rest in history.
So don’t underestimate the power of reading books that feed your soul and business. You never know when that one book can change your life too.
If you are a small creative business owner, I highly recommend you read this list of books. I have already started reading some of them, so I’m not all finished yet. The key is to start reading one book at a time and work my way down.
- The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
- The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller
- How to Win Friends and Influence people – Dale Carnegie
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg
- The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
- The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness – Eric Jorgenson
- The Mountain is You – Brianna Weist
- The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul – Danielle LaPorte
- And more…
Download My Reading Tracker Free Printable
If any of these books interests you, I suggest downloading and printing my reading tracker free printable and list these books down. I hope they will feed your soul and help you in your creative business journey.
I will be adding more books to this list as I get them recommended to me.
What about you? Which book are you interested in reading first?
By the way, if you like the reading tracker free printable, then you’ll love this collection of printables that will help you organize your personal daily life too. The reading tracker is part of the Personal and Organizational Planner which has 33 pages to help you in organizing and decluttering your home, organizing your pantry, kitchen, wardrobe and more.
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