It seems like every year the world gets busier.
I often find it a challenge to find the time to catch up on emails, make the time for breakfast, and still catch a good night's sleep.
Reading has always been an important hobby of mine.
As a writer, I find it valuable as a way to improve my skills and continue learning.
As an entrepreneur, it's a helpful way to gain insight and broaden my thinking.
Perhaps above all else, reading has been a way to relax.
For all of its many benefits, I've always believed that reading should be a part of everyone's lives.
To help keep myself on track with reading, I set a goal: read one book a month. And so, here are the 10 books I recommend reading for the next 10 months of 2016.
1.Gratitude: Grow and Change Your World One Thank You at a Time, by Rajesh Setty
Rajesh Setty is one of my favorite writers, and gratitude is one of my resolutions for 2016. Gratitude is also one of the most underrated topics in business, and something that more people should be focusing on to win in business.
And best of all? Rajesh teaches you exactly how to do that in his newest book.
2. #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness, by Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk, serial entrepreneur and wine lover, gives it all he's got with his latest book, which follows three New York Times bestsellers. This book is getting me excited, and not because it's Gary Vee.
The informal nature of the book is a fantastic way to learn about specific challenges in business building and developing your Emotional Quotient to become a better leader.
3. Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice, by Nikhil Goyal
With the 2016 elections, it's clear that the focus of some of the candidates is on our public school system. Not to mention how far we, as a nation, fall behind in the international rankings, Goyal describes the current state of education, and his blueprint for change.
And all that from a Millennial.
4. I Will Teach You to Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi
Plain and simple, I love Ramit and his book. Not only is personal finance an incredibly important topic for entrepreneurs, but it doesn't get talked about enough, especially in a concise format.
The biggest takeaway for me in this book was to create systems in everything I do to optimize my life, so I can focus on the things I love.
5. A Cloud in the Sky, by Jake Newfield
Have you ever read Tuesdays with Morrie?
That's what this book reminds me of.
In his first work of nonfiction, Jake Newfield tells the moving, authentic story of his relationship with his grandfather.
Taken directly from the conversations Newfield and his grandfather shared for three years, A Cloud in the Sky is a thought-provoking, eye-opening story about relationships, regrets, and life.
6.The School of Greatness, by Lewis Howes
If you are looking to improve your health, relationships, or your business in 2016, this book is for you.
Lewis has interviewed some of the top moguls in all disciplines, and has come up with a comprehensive book that outlines how to improve your life in every chapter.
7. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
It's no mystery why Between the World and Me is a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner.
In his thoughtful and influential historical fiction, Ta-Nehisi Coates creates a powerful story through a series of letters written to his teenage son.
8. Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff hit pure gold with her most recent novel. Fates and Furies, Amazon's 2015 Best Book of the Year, offers a story in which commonly accepted morals are rejected, and lies are used to cover up terrible truths.
Ignorance can be bliss, as Groff illustrates. This is one of the most interesting stories about a marriage I have read in a while.
9. Outline, by Rachel Cusk
Outline, one of The New York Times's Best Books of the Year, is unlike any book I've read this year.
This book will keep you sharp. It is a poignantly intelligent, intellectual read. Rachel Cusk goes very deep with the meaning between the lines, and you can learn more from the story each time you read it.
10. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
This was one of the quickest books to become a New York Times bestseller, as far as I'm aware. Paula Hawkins's story is filled with drama, jealousy, and deceit. Whether you're on your commute or relaxing on the weekend, this is a great way to pass the time.