The Ever-Growing MUST Read List

Hi my name is Cyn and I have a problem. And that problem is I cannot stop reading books! During university I didn’t have a lot of spare time to read, and now that I do, I’m pretty much reading everything under the sun. Below is a list of books that I want to read, have just finished, and are currently reading. This list will get updated over time, as I cannot stop finding books I want to read. Some are in my bookshelf already, so I’ll try and read those first! If you have any recommendations PLEASE post them below! I always love a great read!

Currently Reading

  • The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
  • Unraveling Isobel – Eileen Cook

Personal Development

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Noah Harari[bookshelf]
  • You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero  [bookshelf]
  • Grace not Perfection – Emily Ley
  • The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  • Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

Books I Probably Should Have Read by Now

  • Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
  • Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • Sisterhood Everlasting – Ann Brashares [bookshelf]
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky [bookshelf]
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green [bookshelf]

All the Other Books I Want to Read

  • Beautiful Day – Elin Hilderbrand [bookshelf]
  • The Best Things in Life are Free – The Lonely Planet [bookshelf]
  • The Shift – Theresa Brown, RN [bookshelf]
  • On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves [bookshelf]
  • The Wisdom of Sundays – Oprah Winfrey
  • This is Me – Chrissy Metz


Leave your book recommendations in the comments section!

Takeaways From The Slight Edge

I started reading this book out of recommendation from a friend who could not stop raving about this book. The Slight Edge is written by Jeff Olson and essentially walks you through the secret to success, beginning with “Mastering the Mundane” in order to create simple habits, that in turn, create success.

I have only reached chapter 9 so far (page 126), however I already feel the power behind this book. This book can be described as the tool you need to utilize every other personal development book you have already read/will read. Without discounting the power of other personal development books, I often find myself swimming in an overflowing pool of wisdom. When I read these books, I’m looking for a sign to point me in the right direction to be able to actually utilize all of the information I have gathered.

The Slight Edge offers you the power of teaching you how to harness all this knowledge and wisdom and turn it into something that can enhance your life each and every day. Below I will discuss a few takeaways from this book that have helped me and continue to shape me in making every day lifestyle changes

  1. Your Philosophy: The Slight Edge highlights this quite often, making it apparent that your philosophy dictates the actions you do to get you where you want to be. Having the proper philosophy allows you to manifest the lifestyle you want. The Slight Edge teaches you how to create said philosophy so that you are in the appropriate mindset
  2. “Mastering the Mundane”: In this book, there is a chapter dedicated to this. The gist behind this is that you create habits and recognize tasks that need to be completed pretty much every day. Although these tasks seem boring and minute, over time, they compound into large successful results. The Slight Edge goes over the importance of continuing these tasks, and also the importance of what happens when you don’t continue to do the tasks.
  3. There is no overnight success: Success does not happen overnight. Success must be cultivated through “Mastering the Mundane” and continually working at achieving your goals. Success is gained in the long-run, but the overnight instant success our society craves does not actually exist.

So far, since I’ve only completed about half of this book, these are three components that I have used in my every day life to create small changes and build habits that will lead me towards long-term success.

Me before The Slight Edge: I truly believed success was an overnight thing. It always seemed like everyone around me was creating the life they wanted overnight. I know this is truly not the case, as social media plays a hand in portraying the highlight reel we choose to show of ourselves. I expected to win the lottery and get the dream job and just move on with my life, skyrocketing myself into success, hanging out in an atmosphere sprinkled in star dust.

Me, being humbled by The Slight Edge: Success really is the collection of small, everyday habits and tasks compounded over time. Expecting instant success is not only detrimental to completing these tasks, but it clouds your judgement into believing that success is only achieved by luck and circumstance. Creating a successful life (whatever that means to you: financially, emotionally, physically, etc) is a series of repeated tasks. For example: financially. By storing away $50 of your weekly pay cheque may feel stupid and useless. However, you will have $2600 at the end of the year. In 5 years, you will have $13,000. All from repeating the same, mundane task of transferring $50 out of each pay cheque. This practice applies to any area of your life that you are trying to improve. By working towards a goal continuously and diligently, you will achieve a successful lifestyle.

I am barely halfway through this book and I have already incorporated changes into my lifestyle. The power this book possesses is truly limitless. Once I have completed the book, I will add a few more takeaways from the second half. I truly hope this was enough to spark your interest of this book, because I truly cannot rave enough about this book.

Have you also read this book? Are you thinking about reading it now? Let me know in the comments!

Currently Reading +Book Wishlist

Although being a university student is bitter sweet, when it comes to an end the sweetest thing by far is having the time to pleasure read. Out of sheer guilt (from not even being able to finish all the assigned readings) and lack of time, I didn’t have time to do one of my favourite activities – reading. This was also extremely annoying because I have TWO bookshelves in my room that are half full of books I haven’t read yet.

My love of reading definitely came from my mother, but it doesn’t end there. Although we differ on genres (she’s into murder mystery and crime, while I’m into romance, biographies and autobiographies, and personal development), we can both agree that it doesn’t take us much time to get through a great novel.

I plan on using the ‘Currently Reading’ tab on my blog as space where I can write about what I’m reading at the moment, how it’s affecting me, and what are the takeaways. I will also be posting a book list broken down by category (genre, purchased vs. not yet purchased, etc) so you can see what I’m reading and how I’m making my way through my current book list.

I’m very excited to finally be posting in this tab. If you know me personally, you would know that I can’t keep quiet about a good book. I get so excited and will chat about it to almost anyone that will listen. I truly love reading and sharing the knowledge that I gain from reading books, and I hope you use these small blurbs from the books I’m reading to be able to add books to your own ‘must read’ list.

Stay tuned for more to come in this tab!