A Book A Week 1-9: Relationships, Creative Living & More

Posted on: November 24, 2016 Category: Jia Ni Loves


Back in late September, I felt this nudge within me.

A white heat of desire … to read more.

It’s one of those things I’m always saying, with a but … Anyway, that day it FINALLY felt like it was time to put together a project of sorts – something tangible, even measurable (a SMART goal of sorts).

This is when the idea to do “A Book A Week for The Rest of The Year” landed in my life!

My friend Claire Baker had been doing A Book A Week for A Year throughout the year, and every single time she updated it always piqued my curiousity (what is she reading? how is she reading more books in a month than I have in the last 12 months?). I was intrigued.

And before I knew it, I had her spreadsheet downloaded and ready to go, a stack of library books checked out, and I was ready to roll.

Whilst I aimed to read a book a week, it didn’t really always happen exactly that way.

Some days I would devour half of a book, and at times it would take me over two or three weeks to read a book.

Most of the time, somewhere in between.

What was constant for me was I scheduled 30 minutes of reading time every. single. day. and sat on the couch with a book in hand at some point each day – usually first thing in the morning.

I also learnt so much about letting go (big one for this perfectionist ;), trusting and giving myself permission to do what feels right throughout the entire process, including:

  • Remaining unattached to form (number of pages/books per week). My only commitment was to show up, flip open my book, and read (no matter how fast/slow I went)
  • TRUST that each book will be completed in time
  • Giving myself permission to go at my own pace
  • Giving myself permission to let a book go if I knew it was time to put it down and pick up a different book

If you’re thinking of taking on a similar project, I hope this helps you – and just go for it! ;)

Without further ado, my first 9 books!



1. The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert

A powerful, easy to read, eye-opening book on creating a beautiful marriage/partnership. I especially loved learning about The Four Horsemen (which, since being made aware of them I have to say it’s been a huge shift!) and the seventh principle on how to create shared meaning within a relationship!

2. Love is Letting Go of Fear

A really easy read – an introduction to letting go of fear and embracing open-heartedness in life and relationships. I found myself nodding a lot throughout the book, confirming lots of principles I do my best to live by, coupled with pages of AHA moments

3. The Relationship Handbook: A Path to Consciousness, Healing, and Growth

I loved Shakti Gawain’s book on Creative Visualization, and this one on relationship was a lovely read too! I loved learning about our primary/disowned/shadow selves and how they affect our relationships today. Two thumbs up!



4. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

This is actually my first read by Elizabeth Gilbert (yes, I know)! I picked it up early this year but forgot about it for 10 months, and the second time attempting to read it I absolutely loved it! A refreshing take on creativity and living a creative life – especially with fear. Highly recommend for creative entrepreneurs, coaches, and people who simply desire to live a life infused with more creativity.

5. You Are Enough: How To Elevate Your Thoughts, Align Your Energy & Get Out of the Comparison Trap

An all encompassing book on how to embrace and enhance your self-worth through different principles and tools. I loved soaking in every page of Cassie’s book and it’s one that I’ll keep referring back to!

6. L’art de la Simplicite: How To Live More with Less

Anything on minimalism really interests me, and this book absolutely delivered! Teachings on how to choose quality over quantity in our home, our body and diet, our skin and beauty, and more. I especially LOVED the chapters on simplicity, exquisite quality, and how to live that in our home!

7. Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health — And What You Can Do About It

Having experienced fatigue and burn out, I’m always fascinated to learn more about stress and how it affects us – and this was an incredibly riveting read! Practical, easy to implement tips on how we can manage stress within our life even in today’s world where chronic stress and go go go is celebrated – and expected. There’s also a bunch of scientific evidence in the early chapters for the science nerds in us (I’d say these chapters would be hard to understand without a degree in science, but totally optional chapters to read IMO).



8. The Best Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It

Reading The Best Year of Your Life really invited me to identify where I’m operating on ‘some day’ magical thinking, and how I can embrace creating my best life this year. I wrote down a couple of dreams (as per an exercise in one of the chapters), and have already ticked some of them off! This book will teach you how to take complete ownership and full responsibility for your life, including how you can start creating + living your best life – right now.

9. The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients

I highly recommend this book for every coach, especially coaches at the beginning of business! It covers so much ground, and while most of the principles taught are the things I now have in place in terms of structure and mindset, I wish I knew how important these were earlier! ;) Lots of incredible mindset pieces on really valuing your work as a coach, guiding your clients in creating powerful results, and approaching business with heart. Really easy read – and lots that can be implemented from the book! A great resource for coaches!

Over to you: Have you read a good book recently? Let me know if you have any good book recommendations in the comments below!

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Happy reading,
Jia Ni

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  1. Barbara says:

    A Course in Miracles. I read it every day.
    Thanks for the list, sounds amazing. :)