Back in April, I posted my reading list from the first year away from my corporate job. I thought it might be of interest, given that what I read often influences my writing and my tweets. In fact, my tweets often reference or quote what I'm reading at any given time.
Well, the previous year's list was well received, so much so that I decided to release this year's list as a running quarterly tally. I think it might be more fun that way.
I don't necessarily endorse the books listed below. They're just the full list of what piqued my interest sufficiently to start, and finish, reading them cover to cover. If they become favourites, then I'll add them to my recommendations.*
My focus this year is to add more fiction, 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. I'm also reading some reference books in preparation for my upcoming trips this summer: the World Domination Summit in July and an African Safari in August.
So far, I've managed to hit most of the topics on my list, though my book wish list seems to be growing almost daily, thanks to recommendations from trusted sources. If this trend keeps up, I may never get to the end of my reading list...and I am sooooooo OK with that.
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 and Merlin Mann. I'm grateful for the suggestions because the number of books across various subjects is astounding and, though many of us would like to, we just can't read them all (see clearly-articulated challenge in the previous paragraph). I also tend to read books by authors who presented a Ted Talk that either captured my imagination or made me too curious to leave a given topic alone.
Here's my reading list** for the past three months, from earliest to most recently read:
- 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
As you see from the list above, I made my way through 21 books so far this year, but that will slow down as we get into the summer months. With travel and gardening calling to me, my focus is being redirected to other worthwhile pursuits. No matter the volume(s) read, I will post another update at the end of September.
For now, I wish you happy reading. If you have any questions about the titles above, drop me a line or leave a comment. I'll be happy to give you my 2-cents' worth.
What about you? What are your personal favourites? Anything in the list above you loved? Hated? Any recommendations you might have that I can add to my never-ending future reading list?
*My recommendations list does need to be updated. I'll get to it over the summer...when I don't spend as much time with my nose in a book and can think back on what I've been reading and see what bubbles to the top in my mind. It's a tough exercise. There are many noteworthy books to choose from.
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***This one is a children's book, but the pictures are spectacular. A delight to read.
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