2020 Book Club Selections

Updated: Mar 27

2020 Book Club Selections

Welcome to the UPLIFTing Book Club...a take-what-you need format to explore a variety of books in a calendar year. For 2020, the second year of Book Club, I have compiled a new list filled with some great reads.


Why should you read-along?

Reading helps to develop the mind and reading a variety of subjects helps to develop a broad perspective of the world around you. There is no meet-up or time commitment (other than reading the book). If you'd like, you can join the UPLIFT Community Facebook Group where you can share any thoughts, feelings, insights, etc. along with others each month.


What is a "take what you need" book club?

I publish the full book selection list in January so you can review and choose what you want to read. Each month focuses on a different topic so the entire year offers something for each facet of your life helping you become the healthiest, well-rounded version of yourself. You can read the selections whenever you want, however, I have organized them by month and each month has a theme that aligns with the astrological House for that month.


What are the monthly themes and book selections?

The monthly themes are based on the astrological Houses for each month and how they generally overlap the calendar. "When planets visit a house, they light up that part of your chart, and energize that house’s traits." (AstroTwins article) The AstroTwins outline, with brevity, the 12 Houses and traits. I am not an astrological expert, but I do believe in how it works, so I used the Houses as the basis for the themes. Reading about a topic that is in line with the House for a particular month helps you get more energy into that process.


Below I outline each month, which Sign generally rules, the theme, keywords and the book selection:


JANUARY

Sign: Capricorn


Theme: Career + Productivity


Keywords: Career, long-term goals, structure, status, reputation, public image, masculinity, men, fathers, experts, fame


2020 Book Selection: Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life


Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Read more about this book








FEBRUARY

Sign: Aquarius


Theme: Community + Collaboration


Keywords: Groups, friends, social awareness, humanitarianism, technology, hopes, wishes, the future


2020 Book Selection: The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters


Author: Priya Parker


Read more about this book








MARCH

Sign: Pisces


Theme: Spirituality + Feeling


Keywords: Endings, healing, closure, spirituality, solitude, karma, old age, the afterlife, what's hidden, limiting beliefs, subconscious


2020 Book Selection: One Day My Soul Just Opened Up


Author: Iyanla Vanzant


Read more about this book







APRIL

Sign: Aries


Theme: Leadership + New Beginnings


Keywords: Self, appearance, beginnings, the body, first impressions, attitude, identity, approach to life


2020 Book Selection: Rise Sister Rise: a guide to unleashing the wise, wild woman within


Author: Rebecca Campbell


Read more about this book










MAY

Sign: Taurus


Theme: Finances


Keywords: Money, work, income, daily routines,values, material possessions, priorities, habits, your job and work ethic


2020 Book Selection: You Are A Badass At Making Money


Author: Jen Sincero


Read more about this book










JUNE

Sign: Gemini


Theme: Clear Communication


Keywords: The mind/thinking, communication, siblings, social activity/interests, neighbors, early education


2020 Book Selection: Seven Thousand Ways To Listen


Author: Mark Nepo


Read more about this book









JULY

Sign: Cancer


Theme: Home + Family


Keywords: Home, Roots, Family, Self-Care, emotions, foundations, mother, children, women, femininity


2020 Book Selection: Raising Good Humans: a mindful guide to breaking the cycle of reactive parenting and raising kind, confident kids


Author: Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE


Read more about this book








AUGUST

Sign: Leo


Theme: Adventure + Play


Keywords: Romance, love affairs, play, creativity, fertility, childlike spirit, joy, self-expression, drama


2020 Book Selection: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


Author: Cheryl Strayed


Read more about this book









SEPTEMBER

Sign: Virgo


Theme: Health + Vitality


Keywords: Health, fitness, systems, analytical nature, pets, work habits, organization, sense of usefulness, service given


2020 Book Selection: The Hormone Cure


Author: Sara Gottfried, MD


Read more about this book








OCTOBER

Sign: Libra


Theme: Love & Relationships / Sensuality &

Sexuality


Keywords: Relationships, marriage, contracts, business partners, equality, sharing, interpersonal style


2020 Book Selection: Choosing Me Before We: every woman's guide to life and love


Author: Christine Arylo


Read more about this book









NOVEMBER

Sign: Scorpio


Theme: Change + Personal Growth


Keywords: Merging, sex, intimacy, shared finances, taxes, loans, assets, property joint ventures/goals, mystery, partner's resources


2020 Book Selection: Humble Sexy Power


Author: Sheila Royce Garcia


Read more about this book










DECEMBER

Sign: Saggitarius


Theme: Freedom


Keywords: Travel, wisdom, philosophy, higher education, law & religion, cross-cultural, relations, learning, ethics


2020 Book Selection: Women Who Run With The Wolves


Author: Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Phd


Read more about this book












What do you think of the line-up for this year? I keep the Book Club list stored HERE so you can always have easy access to it. If you want to go back to check out the books from 2019, they are on the bottom half of the page.


Don't forget to join the conversations in the UPLIFT Community Facebook Group. You'll have the opportunity to share what you've learned from each book AND to participate in weekly challenges to help you identify healthy habits that may need more work, so you can become your healthiest self.



NOTE: Book selection links are for Barnes & Noble for all but one (because they don't sell it). These links are NOT affiliate links (at this time). I try to support stores that have a physical footprint in my local area to keep storefronts alive, and oftentimes to get my physical books quicker. I'll also choose ebooks at times to save paper/trees and my bookshelf.

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