…which will also work really well to kick start your 2020
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Over the last 12 months, I listened to a lot of audiobooks. Stats show I was not the only one. But 2018’s biggest new shift in the popularity of a format, the rise of audiobooks, isn’t showing any signs of slowing in 2019. In fact, the latest survey shows a big uptick over 2018: For the first time ever, a full half of all Americans age twelve and older have listened to an audiobook, up from 44% last year (APA, 2019).
The reason why audiobooks have become so popular has been the level of convenience as well as ease of retaining information. I am a massive advocate — and lover — of audiobooks myself, and I believe it’s an invaluable tool for research. This is the reason why I thought I’d list my top audiobooks for 2019 – alongside with honourable mentions for earlier this year.
Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society. More and more experts and people are exploring the effect of sleep and sleep deprivation, as well as how to become better sleepers. As someone who’s been working on this personally, I found it fascinating to learn more about the science of sleep. Now, in this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters.
Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
A friend personally recommended this book to me, and I can see why. This book is about depression, lessons and growth. This is the true story of how author Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
Atomic Habits – James Clear
In this groundbreaking book, Clears reveals exactly how small changes can grow into such life-altering experiences. He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone) and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists who have used the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated and happy. As a lover of habits, I could not recommend it enough.
Pat Flynn – Superfans
Customers, followers, subscribers. It’s easy to just look at the numbers. How many likes? How many purchases? How many email subscribers? But as entrepreneurs, we have to remember that there are people behind all that data. People who are looking to us to be a leader, to give advice, and to care. In this dog-eat-dog world, these are the people who are looking for someone who they can trust and who they know have their best interests in mind. Whether you’re a shy YouTuber just starting out or the leader of a Fortune 500 company, your superfans are out there waiting for you to connect with them.
The Book you Wish your Parents Had Read – Philippa Perry
Don’t be mistaken: this book is much more than a jounrey into parenthood. With straight-talking advice from psychotherapist Philippa Perry, this is the definitive guide for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents’ mistakes, and ensure they don’t land their own kids in therapy. This book helps parents creating functional relationships with your children so that they grow up feeling secure – and also gives all of us a better insight into the mind of our own parents.
Chillpreneur – Denise Duffield Thomas
Totally game changer this year for me was this book by Denise Duffield Thomas. In a world where hostlers everywhere and working on your dreams means working 80 hours a week and being proud of it, Denise Duffield Thomas throws a curveball and asks us whether we need to channel our inner type C – the Chillpreneur.Denise Duffield-Thomas made herself a millionaire by helping women realise that they could manifest anything they dreamed of if they took consistent action. Perfect ahead of 2020.
You’re a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero
Mega-bucks author, speaker, life coach and self-help guru Jen Sincero wasn’t always a megabucks guru. In fact, until the age of 40 she was scraping a living as a freelance writer, living in a garage and spending her time arriving at dinners with friends ‘too late to eat’ because she couldn’t actually afford to eat anything that didn’t come in a tin. Sincero was broke. And a bit sad. And now she isn’t. She is living her best life traveling and teaching and – crucially – raking in the dough doing a job that she LOVES. And this book is a manual as to how she got there.
Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo
Are you ready to take 2020 by the horns? Business queen Marie Forleo came out with her awaited book. Whether you dream of starting a business, launching a new career, learning to moonwalk, adventuring through Italy, or completely remodeling your happiness, health or relationships, there is something you should know. And that is that everything is figureoutable.
Metahuman – Deepak Chopra
In this highly anticipated new book, integrative medicine pioneer and New York Times best-selling author and unofficial father of modern meditation Deepak Chopra states that a higher state of consciousness is available. Go past your limits and beliefs. How do you achieve this? By becoming metahuman. Drawing from the latest research on neuroscience, artificial intelligence and biometrics, Chopra offers a practical 31-day guide to help us ‘wake up’ at the deepest level in order to liberate ourselves from the conditioning and constructs that underlie anxiety, tension and ego-driven demands.
Indistractable – Nir Eyal
You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you’re about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become “indistractable”? International best-selling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley’s handbook for making technology habit-forming. In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.
That’s it for our round up of the best audiobooks. What are you listening to? Let us know acorss social and tag us @hbloggerscom! Stay tuned for 2020…