Here it is, hot of the press. The last F2P post of 2014. And it's my year-to-date completed reading list, which now includes an additional three months of books. That's 49 so far in this second year of reading and 116 in total since becoming truly free to pursue.
As mentioned in July and again in October, I posted my reading list from the first year away from my corporate job in April 2013 and it received so much interest that I've started to publish a quarterly tally. So here's Q3 of my second year with my nose constantly in one book or another.
As an aside: If you want to get a sense of the insights I've gained from becoming an avid reader, you may want to check out this post.
The books below represent the full list of what piqued my interest sufficiently to read cover to cover. If they become favourites, then I'll eventually add them to my recommendations.*
My focus this year has been to add more fiction--which I've been lousy at doing because I keep starting them and not finishing them, read in my native tongue (French) and keep reading in the areas of philosophy, psychology, finance, economics, writing/presenting, entrepreneurship, travel hacking, technology and health. So far, I've managed to cover all except for travel hacking, which somehow I've lost interest in for the time being, given I don't expect to travel as much in the coming year. I've also read some reference books in preparation for trips I took this past summer: the World Domination Summit in July, an African Safari in August and FinCon14 in New Orleans in September.
A number of the books on my "been there, done that, read the book" list so far this year were recommended by Chris Guillebeau, Eric Barker, J. Money, Mr. Grump, The Escape Artist, and Flannel Guy ROI. As mentioned before, I also become aware of potential selections from sources such as Ted, documentaries available on Netflix and "further reading" ideas from within the non-fiction volumes I manage to digest. I do also appreciate the suggestions I receive from my beloved local library. Any way of narrowing down the myriad of reading options available is always helpful.
I also had the pleasure of reviewing the book Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads by Valerie Rind in this latest quarter. I met Valerie in New Orleans this year and look forward to reading her next book on the topic, which she's already hard at work on.
So here's, my updated completed reading list** for the past nine months:
- The $100 Start Up: Reinvent the Way You Make A Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
- Do Americans Shop Too Much? by Juliet Schor
- The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
- Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life by David R. Dow
- The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach
- The Art of Non-Conformity: Set up Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau
- The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque
- Ces enfants de ma vie (English translation: Children of My Heart) by Gabrielle Roy
- The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff by Peter Walsh
- The War On Science by Chris Turner
- The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means by Jeff Yeager
- The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches by Jeff Yeager
- The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton
- The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs
- Victoria Falls: One of the world's most spectacular waterfalls by Anna Rebus***
- Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations by Garr Reynolds
- Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech In The Internet Age by Tom Flanagan
- The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams
- Every Day Is For The Thief by Teju Cole
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
- Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel
- Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel
- Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
- Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
- Think Like A Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
- iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks by Jason R. Rich
- My iPhoto by Michael Grothaus
- Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Start with WHY: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
- Everything That Remains: A Memoir By The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
In October, I managed to read a little fiction and it surprised me. Super Sad True Love Story is actually a financial text! Well, not really, but it really did make me think about what the world would be like if we all had our net worth printed on our foreheads and were constantly judged for how we spend money. I also did a significant amount of research on the philosophy behind The Matrix trilogy for the White Rabbit published in August.
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
- 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Withouth Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris
- After-shock: The Next Economy and America's Future by Robert B. Reich
- Like a Splinter In Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind The Matrix Trilogy by Matt Lawrence
- Exploring The Matrix: Visions Of The Cyber Present
In November, money and purpose seemed to be the overall theme. I guess my mind turned to maximizing how we use our money and our time to get the most we can out of our every day. Reading-wise it was a great month. Not because of the number of books but because of the quality of my selections. I was quite pleased with nearly each one of these books. Sorry Suze, you're at the bottom of that list. At the top? Definitely Essentialism. I've recommended that book to many people. It's applicable on both the personal and professional level and its contents might surprise you. I love books that really make me think.
Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin by Valerie Rind
- The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream by Suze Orman
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
- The Power of NO: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness by James Altucher & Claudia Azula Altucher
- The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau
- Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton
December was disappointing. The books that made the list below, were good, but I had a number of fiction and non-fiction false starts. There were painful reading experiences that I quickly refused to allow to continue, but they kept happening. It was like my very own Groundhog Day experience. Ugh! I really don't get how some authors manage to get published via traditional means. Some books out there are pure garbage...even some that receive decent reviews. Go figure...
- Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine
- The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
- The Truth About Statins: A Comprehensive Guide from a Doctor on the Front Lines of the Struggle Against Heart Disease by Barbara H. Roberts, M.D.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
I can say that some of the books from November and December have inspired some posts you will see popping up in the New Year. I look forward to sharing these insights with you sooner than later.
What's up next? You may have noticed the relatively recent addition of a "Currently Reading" and "Just Finished" section in the F2P blog sidebar. That's the best way to see where I'm headed next. A word of caution though, some of my "Currently Reading" end up being trashed in favour of better selections. I'd suggest going with "Just Finished" instead. Always a better bet.
What about you? Anything in the list above you loved? Hated? Any recommendations you might have that I can add to my never-ending future reading list or that would help other visitors decide what to read next? And, if you have any questions about the titles above, drop me a line or leave a comment and I'll be sure to respond.
*As mentioned in my previous update, my recommendations list does need to be updated and a number of books from this year will undoubtedly make the list.
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***This one is a children's book, but the pictures are spectacular. A delight to read.