Welcome to Down the TBR Hole #201-220! What is Down the TBR Hole? It is where I grab 20 books from my incredibly long TBR list on Goodreads and decide if I am keeping or removing the books. Need to catch up? Click here to go to the previous post. As a reminder, here are the rules:
This week has been a recoup and recover week from a stressful week with a family emergency that happened. I usually would turn to books, but I am not sure I read anything outside of some poems this week. But I also didn’t add many books to the list, so I am starting this week with 4,663 books. Let’s get started.
1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
I’ve heard so many great things about this book, and although it is about the military strategy, it is supposed to be great to use in business. It’s one of those books that is probably considered a classic. But I decided last year that just because a book is a classic doesn’t mean that I have to read it. So while I am sure this is a great book, it isn’t something that I want to read at this time. I am removing it from my list.
2. The Art of War for Women: Sun Tzu’s Ancient Strategies and Wisdom for Winning Work by Chin-Ning Chu
The author uses Sun Tzu’s strategies and gears it towards women. But like the book above, it just isn’t something I want to read in this season. I am removing it from my list.
3. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes A Day by Becky Rapinchuk
When I quit my job, I had this dream of being the best damn housewife out there. So I wanted to learn all these additional things to make my house the best home for my husband and myself. So I wanted to read all the books to do just that. As much as I love cleaning and organizing, I feel like I can always learn a better way. With that being said, I am keeping this one.
4. The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself – The Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuk
Apart of me wanting to do better with cleaning and organizing was also to do so naturally. I wanted to replace all of the things that weren’t good for us and our home. So finding a book that can help me make my own cleaning products, was right up my alley. So I am keeping this one.
5. The Power That Changes the World: Creating Eternal Impact in the Here and Now by Bill Johnson
I think this message has been given and packaged in many books, and there isn’t anything calling out to me about this book. Because of that, I am going to remove it.
6. Big girls DO Cry: Letting God Heal Your Hurts From The Inside Out by Lisa K. Spivey
I think every Christian should know how to handle any type of loss before it happens spiritually. I’ve seen so many people lose their faith after a tragic event, and it is heartbreaking. Since this book talks about the way to turn to God during those times, it is a book I want to keep on my list.
7. God is With You Everyday by Max Lucado
Another devotional. And as much as I love Max Lucado, I need to be honest with myself about if I’m going to read all of these devotionals. And I am not. So I am going to remove this one.
8. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
Another book that I have heard great things about. And being more appreciative of the everyday things and moments is something that I need to do. I complain a lot and am hoping that in 2020 I can change that. I am keeping this one.
9. Closer Than Your Skin: Unwrapping the Mystery of Intimacy with God by Susan D. Hill
Intimacy is something that I struggle with in my relationship with God. I can honestly say that because He isn’t someone I can see or tangibly feel all the time, it’s easy for me to not really “feel” like He is here. I know that isn’t the correct way, but it’s just my truth. I am keeping this one to help with that, hopefully.
10. Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
Someone promoting being yourself and using our own creativity instead of being like everyone else? Yup, I’m for it. This seems like it will be a quick, motivational book. I am keeping it.
11. Be You & Live Civil: Tools for Unlocking Your Potential & Living Your Purpose by Karen Civil
Karen Civil is one of those badass women who I sit back and watch and be amazed at all that she is and has accomplished. So I will be happy to read all that she produces. I am keeping this book.
12. But Are You Making Any Money?: Stop Being Busy and Start Creating Cash by Marley Majcher
I think this would be an excellent book for a different season. I realized that I have shifted into one of those people that can sometimes get caught up in the creating and planning and struggle at times with the actual doing. I am removing this one.
13. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
Another book I’ve heard a lot about specifically in the female entrepreneurship world. It’s been on almost every recommended book list I’ve seen for business women. I do want to read it. I am keeping this one.
14. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
Success, productivity, and purpose. Three things that I am interested in. I am keeping this one.
15. Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn
Money is a hot topic in Christianity. We think we should be blessed enough to have money but turn our nose up when those in ministry have money or ask for it. I have my own opinion based on what I have read in the Bible, but I am always interested in hearing others’ views. So I am keeping this one.
16. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danco
This is a book that has been on my personal list for a while now, even though it is a top-rated book. I am keeping this one.
17. The Rules of Wealth: A Personal Code for Prosperity by Richard Templar
This doesn’t seem all that interesting, so I am removing it.
18. The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money by Carl Richards
My love for all things budgeting and finances made me interested in this book. I am keeping it.
19. Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois Frankel
What money mistakes am I making that is specific to being a woman? Is there such a thing? Those are questions that led me to add this book to the list. I am keeping it there.
20. Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together…Finally by Nicole Lapin
It seems like Nicole Lapin’s approach to getting rich is different from others. Because I love learning more about money and different ways to keep it, I am keeping this one on the list.
Final Count: Removing 6; Keeping 14
TBR Down to 4,657
This week’s list had quite a few books about money and finances, which go in line with January’s Year of Healthy theme. Have you read any of these books? Did I make a mistake with removing or keeping one?