12 Books

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I once read that the average person reads one book a year.

The average CEO reads 12.

This doesn’t mean that if you read 12 books every year, someone will hire you as a CEO, nor does it mean that you can get away with reading 12 romance novels and move up the corporate ladder.

What is does mean, is there seems to be some correlation between reading and success.

Knowing that, if you’re serious about your well-being, you would read more than one health book a year.

Maybe even more than 12.

Your question of the day: What books have you read this year?

Live Awesome!

P.S. Here’s one to check out if you’re at a loss for ideas.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Darlene says:

    I can’t tell you ALL the books I’ve read this year………….too many to list. I average a book a week or so.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I am presently reading about 12 different books, the one I am about to finish is quite good, it is called the Reconnection by Eric Pearl. I am also not the normal reader as I am librarian and always have a collection of books I am finishing. My amount of books I would read in a year would be quite a lot, probably over 250.

  3. Cheryl Orian says:

    The books I read this year:
    Richard Bach: Messiah’s Handbook
    Osho: Tao, The Golden Gate
    Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson: Chew on This
    Neile Donald Walsch: The Storm before the Calm
    Neile Donald Walsh:When Everything Changes, Change Everything
    Dr, Brian Weiss: Messages from the Masters
    John Archer& David Carroll: The Wisdom of Water
    Harry Moody & David Carroll: The Five Stages of the Soul
    Caroline Dean: The Magnesium Miracle
    Donna Gates: The body Ecology Diet
    ….. all Terry Pratchett’s new books for this year and at least 2 novels a month (and yes, I do work but I am a night owl). I can’t seriously believe that people don’t read at least a few books a year.

  4. Heather says:

    Read the Isreali Secret Service and Seal Team Six. Listened to The Art of War on audio. Working on 9.5 Mystics and The Art of Intelligence. Study the scriptures regularly. No Easy Day. My Life by Golda Meir, and The Orientalist are on high on my waiting list.

  5. Carol says:

    Reading Ghost Dog Secret with my 9 yo daughter and my teen son just loaned me Touching Spirit Bear. Yes, we are doing a Mark Twain Award Challenge.

  6. Lexie says:

    I’m such a slow reader – not sure I’ll ever make it to the CEO level..but I’m in grad school right now, so reading has become my job 🙂 Here are some of the more recent titles I’ve enjoyed (not all are related to grad school):

    The Courage to Teach
    Earth in Mind
    Most Good, Least Harm
    Change of Heart
    Sunfood Diet Infusion
    The Complete Holistic Dog Book

    and a random frivolous read:
    Gone Girl

  7. Rebecca Cody says:

    I can’t imagine NOT reading constantly! And, even without counting the dozens of books I listen to while working in the kitchen and driving, which are mostly mind candy fiction, I’ve read at least a dozen this year. Otherwise, how are you going to know how confusing the world of nutritional healing can be?

    Here are some of the most influential ones I’ve read this year on my Nook: Extraordinary Healing, Perfect Health Diet, Cancer’s Cause, Cancer’s Cure (which changed my life),The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, Dying to be Me (another life changer), Arthritis Interrupted. There are others, many others.

  8. I have been a book-a-holic since I was in elementary school and discovered the library where I could get upto 7 gooks at a time. I usually have at least 3 books I am reading – I read before going to bed and for an hour or so (depending on my schedule) before I get up in the morning. From current fiction to industry specific books to alternative medicine, spirituality, science fiction and anything else that catches my eye.

    I have no idea where I would be if I had not discovered the gift of reading…travel anywhere at anytime in the future or past…what a wonderful sinful pleasure. Avg. over 250 a year easily.

  9. 12 books I’m currently reading and sitting next to my bed:

    Conscious Language, Robert Tennyson Stevens
    Message for the Tribe of Many Colors, Little Grandmother, Kiesha Crowther
    Birth 2012 and Beyond, Barbara Marx Hubbard
    Cultivating Peace, James O’Dea
    The Great Shift, Co-Creating a New World for 2012 and Beyond, Tom Kenyon & The Hathors amongst other authors
    Mystic Mommy, Cat RunningElk
    The Life You Were Born to Live, Dan Millman
    Spiritual Enterprise, Doing Virtuous Business, Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
    The Language of Miracles, A Celebrated Psychic Teaches You to Talk to Animals, Amelia Kinkade
    Women’s Rituals, Barbara G. Walker
    Earth Medicine and Healing Stones, Carollanne Crichton
    Grayson, Lynne Cox

    While driving, currently listening to and enjoying audiotape — Rin Tin Tin

  10. LynnCS says:

    Can’t really get ‘lost’ in a book for any length of time. I read a lot on the internet and read ‘at’ books. I have a lot going at the same time. I used to see my sister get so intent on a book that you couldn’t get her attention. My husband was an avid reader and had to be reading all the time. Many times he would ignore things that had to be done with the family or to take care of the kids. Maybe those experiences keep me from getting lost in a book. It takes a lot for me to get that carried away, yet I have shelves of books and they all get read eventually. Mostly I like to learn from a book, not so much novels.

  11. Philip Keith says:

    When travelling through missouri on the way to visit a relative of my wife Carol, we stopped in Ada where there was a health food store we visited. They have a great supply of various interesting books and Carol bought Diet For A New America by John Robbins. How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earch. John was to be part heir to the ice cream company, Baskin-Robbins but when he researched the source of our food, he decided that writing this book was more important. I read the book in a week and as a result, I am almost a vegatarian. Kevin, Thanks for all you do. Phil Keith

  12. Jacob says:

    Kevin, I couldn’t agree more. Reading the right stuff and learning from it; clearly has a correlation with success. That is why I am a member of a book group (ironically) called 12 Books. 🙂

  13. Linda P says:

    Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart. Has awesome information on the healing power of oils from a historical point of view. Fascinating!

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