At the start of the year, I set a goal of reading more books. I’ve always been a book reader ever since I was young, reading anything from Archie Comics, books like Hardy Boys, Choose Your Own Adventure, basketball and wrestling books, John Grisham, Dan Brown, to branding and marketing books by Al Ries, Seth Godin, and others. Yes I even read the Twilight series though in my defense, Ellen asked/forced me to read it (though she will point out that she didn’t force me to finish the entire series in just 5 days. What can I say I got hooked lol).
The past couple of years though since Ellen got pregnant and since we became parents, finding time to read has been more of a struggle. With everything we’re working on and managing, reading books has been de-prioritized. Don’t get me wrong, I still read a lot but in the form of articles and blogs either through websites I follow closely or via Pocket (another app I love and use often). In fact, for the past few years I’ve been consistently in the top 5% of readers/users of Pocket, measured by saved articles read in a year.
But still, there’s something about reading a physical book that I’ve always loved and enjoyed. I tried reading a few books through Kindle, and though it was more convenient, I don’t think I retained as much of the book compared to reading the actual book. This is especially true for me for books that I’m trying to learn from and not just for pure entertainment. So to get back in the habit of reading often and regularly, I promised myself I’d make the time to read more books this year than the previous year (Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight). It’s still a work in progress but so far, I’ve already read more but still not as much as I want to. But progress is progress so I can’t complain.
Below are the books I’ve read and currently reading so far this year:
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
- Return of the King by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin
- Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams
- Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins
- Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
- Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – in progress
- Show Your Work by Austin Kleon – in progress
I’ll keep updating this list over the next few weeks until the year ends, hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a couple more to the list.