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Get Caught Reading!

May 13, 2021
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Around the office at Stonegate, we are often passing around and recommending books to one another. In a world where we take in constant information from screens, books remain a life-changing and impactful way to learn, grow, educate, and entertain. For this “Get Caught Reading Month” 2021, we’d like to share a few of the books that have been making their way around our office. Perhaps this will provide something to add to your book list or to pass along to a friend or family member!

THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
by Thomas J. Stanley

"It makes you realize that people that look or act wealthy may or may not be that wealthy at all. It's the ones that you least expect because they don't flaunt their wealth." - Terry Wiles

“Reading The Millionaire Next Door was an eye-opening experience for me and helped shape my path towards becoming a financial advisor. Knowing that building wealth over time is achievable through hard work, diligent and thoughtful savings, and living within your means was the spark I needed for my own life and my ambitions to seek out a career providing financial advice to others.” – Alex Greene

ATOMIC HABITS: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

by James Clear

“It teaches you that by making a few small changes to your daily habits, you can have some extraordinary results. Sometimes starting small can lead to something big. It makes you think about how you can add more favorable, good habits, and eliminate or minimize the bad habits, thus generating a significant impact over time. It’s an entertaining and quick read with potentially powerful results!” – Becky Wiles

THE BIG SHORT: Inside the Doomsday Machine

by Michael Lewis

The Big Short is a great read that simplifies the complex elements of the 2008 housing crisis.  The story weaves in plenty of drama and fascinating anecdotes, many of which illustrate the red flags that were present before the crash.  It provides digestible ways of understanding the mechanics of the housing crisis while keeping the reader enthralled in a page-turning plot.  At its core, it’s a story about smart people who profited tremendously by using common sense and going against the grain.” – Trey Stilley

CHASING THE BRIGHT SIDE: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story

by Jess Ekstrom

“Reading Chasing the Bright Side provided a great opportunity to reframe my mindset, not to mention I read the book early during the pandemic last year, so the timing couldn’t have been better! Optimism can be an intentional choice and something more than just hollow hopefulness, but a powerful tool.” – Alex Greene

“I read Chasing the Bright Side at the perfect time – when I needed a dose of optimism and encouragement to keep pushing forward one day at a time. Jess weaves entertaining stories through her telling of the growth of her charitable business – one that I have become excited to support.” – Lauren Tompkins

“It's the book I wish I had read before starting my own entrepreneurial journey, but luckily it's not too late for everyone else. I'll be recommending this book to my own children, to the aspiring entrepreneurs I work with, and to everyone I meet who aspires to find more purpose in their life. It's a page-turner that you won't be able to put down until you've finished but holds lessons that will reveal themselves to you for a lifetime.” – Marc Randolph, Netflix cofounder and first CEO

ATTAINABLE SUSTAINABLE: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living

by Kris Bordessa

“In clear, down-to-earth language, Kris Bordessa delivers a timely and beautiful book that offers a lifetime of guidance on how to be more self-sufficient for reasons of health, satisfaction, and happiness. Attainable Sustainable offers a solid foundation for practicing the necessary skills and crafts or just the ability to dabble among dozens of how-to topics. The book’s presentation and photographs are gorgeous, thanks to publisher National Geographic, but Attainable Sustainable is far more than a pretty facade. It’s practical and sensible, which is exactly what a stellar service book should be.” – American Society of Journalists and Authors

FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World -- and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

by Hans Rosling

“Sometimes it can be difficult to sort through the noise and get to the facts. Factfulness provides interesting data and insight into why many of us are so wrong about the state of the world and confronts the way we take in information. We’re improving, even if it’s difficult to see.” – Lauren Tompkins

“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates

“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” Melinda Gates