Recommended Reads 2017

Although I am an avid reader, several years ago, amidst grad school and the early years of opening my piano studio, I found myself reading very little (except what was assigned in school). A few years following, I still found myself continually saying how much I missed reading so I finally set my foot down for myself and said – no more.

Each year I now set a goal for how many books I want to read and increase it by 1-2 books per year. In 2017 the goal was 20, and I hit it spot on. Next year the goal will be 21. See? Baby steps are manageable. Before I know it, I’ll be reading 30 books a year.

After being inspired by the following quotes…

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ~Oscar Wilde

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” ~C.S. Lewis

…I vowed this year to begin including re-reads in my list. The goal was to re-read five books (25%), but unfortunately, I only re-read one (Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert). That’s OK, though; I just reminded myself that it’s about baby steps. So, my goal for 2018 will be that 2 of the 21 books will be re-reads.

I hope you can find some inspiration for your own personal book list below. Let me know what you’re reading and some of your top recommendations from this past year in the comments!


The Savvy Musician by David Cutler

Beware, this book is more of a manual than a pleasure read. 🙂 It is absolutely chock full of ideas for thinking outside the box as an independent music teacher. New teachers and those looking to build their businesses or explore new income streams will find this book useful.


The Success Factor in Piano Teaching by Elvira Pearce

This is another book that is especially good for new teachers. For seasoned teachers, it will feel like a good refresher course.


Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility by Mirelle Guiliano

I really enjoy Mirelle Guiliano’s style of writing. After reading her first book, French Women Don’t Get Fat, years ago, I wanted to read her two follow-up books, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts (listed below) and this one. While Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire was geared toward women, specifically in the business world, I still found it an enjoyable and interesting read.

A popular and best-selling novel and now a major motion picture, Wonder is a beautiful story of a little boy with facial anomalies. We can all learn something by seeing life through his eyes. I even keep this one in my little studio library for students to check out.



Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (re-read)

This was my first “re-read.” I read Gilbert’s book when it first came out in 2007, and while I already knew the stories in the book, they still came to life and were as pleasurable to read as they were ten years ago.


This has been on my to-read list for a while. It’s a very motivating book choice – especially for the beginning of the year when many set their sights on goals for the new year.




Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn

A friend recommended this book to me. While I don’t agree with their philosophy of food and eating completely, there’s a lot of practical advice and principles for having a healthy relationship with food I gleaned from this book. P.S. It’s one of those books I didn’t read in full but skimmed a lot of sections.



Again, I like to stick with the same authors hence book #2 in 2017 by Ms. Guiliano. She has a lot of great suggestions for personal care in general, including specific products.

Those that I purchased and LOVE include this hairdryer (which is so sturdy I’m convinced it will last me 20 years), this apple cider shampoo that I use on the weekends as a sort of “cleanser” from my regular shampoo, and this foundation makeup brush.

Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts by Harold M. Best

The first book I read by Harold Best was in an undergrad music and worship class I took. I remember thoroughly enjoying the book Music Through the Eyes of FaithThe author is Dean Emeritus at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and a Past President of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The book took me quite a while to get through as it requires deep thinking and slow reading to help you absorb all he is saying, but it is very worth reading. It is already on my read-again list.


What are you reading?



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