When I left full-time corporate employment in April 2013, one of my main goals was to catch up on a few years of "when-I-get-to-it" reading. Well, I managed to do some major catching up, getting though 67 books* in a year's time.
I thought you might be interested in seeing the full list, given that many of the books influence my choice of topics and the position I take on the issues I address.
I do stress that this list includes the great, the not so great and the downright awful--if I actually made it to the end of the book--so don't take it as an endorsement of what is worth a read. If you want my take on the best books I've read over the last number of years, check out my favourites.
The list of books below cover topics various areas of interest: economics, consumer behaviour, saving, investing, marketing, sociology, technology, blogging, writing, philosophy and even health.
A number of the books that made this year's list were suggested by Eric Barker at Barking Up The Wrong Tree, Mr. Money Mustache, David Cain at Raptitude, J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy and A. Noonan Moose at Frugal Fringe. They pointed me in worthwhile directions and I grateful. We each come across different resources and ideas and sharing those that strike us most helps us collectively navigate an overwhelming amount of information effectively.
Here is the past year's reading list, in all its glory, from earliest to most recently read.** Apparently, I really got into the "book worm" state during fall and winter months. Funny how cold weather and many feet of snow make you want to curl up with a good book and a warm beverage.
- The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
- The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
- Stop Acting Rich: ...And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire by Thomas J. Stanley
- Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen by Thomas J. Stanley
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The Millionaire Dropout by Vince Stanzione
- Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked - 21st Century Edition by Ernie J. Zelinski
July & August: No books! I was too busy enjoying the sunshine and working in the yard.
- Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read by Scott McNulty
- Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
- How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir
- Money for Nothing and Your Stocks For Free! by Derek Foster
- Stock Investing for Canadians for Dummies by Andrew Dagys
- Dividend Stocks for Dummies by Lawrence Carrel
- Web Hosting for Dummies by Peter Pollock
- Blogger Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog by Charlie White and John Biggs
- Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch
- The Lazy Investor by Derek Foster
- Essential Tax Facts 2013 Edition: Secrets and Strategies for Take-Charge People by Evelyn Jacks
- Your Money Or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationships with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Joe Dominguez
- The Wealthy Barber, Updated 3rd Edition: Everyone's Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent by David Chilton
- Jacks On Tax: Your Do-it-Yourself Guide to Filing Taxes Online by Evelyn Jacks
- Master Your Taxes: How to maximize your after tax returns (Master Your Personal Finances Series) by Evelyn Jacks
- A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
- Stop Working: Here's How You Can! by Derek Foster
- Pure, White and Deadly by John Yudkin
- The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
- The Wealthy Barber Returns: Dramatically Older and Marginally Wiser, David Chilton Offers His Unique Perspective on the World of Money by David Barr Chilton
- Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
- Career Success without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations by Ernie J. Zelinski
- Wordpress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Winson
- Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life by Nora T. Gedgaudas
- 30 Days to Social Media Success: The 30 Day Results Guide to Making the Most of Twitter, Blogging, LinkedIN, and Facebook by Gail Martin
- Professional Blogging for Dummies by Susan Getgood
- Essential Blogging: Selecting and Using Weblog Tools by Shelley Powers
- Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman
- What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting: Real-Life Advice from 101 People Who Successfully Leverage the Power of the Blogosphere by Ted Demopoulos
- How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
- The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Sharon L. Lechter and Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
- All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All by Seth Godin
- V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone by Seth Godin
- The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your Money by Carmen Wong Ulrich
- The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle
- Squarespace 6 for Dummies by Kris Black
- Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
- Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan
- RRSPs: The Ultimate Wealth Builder by Gordon Pape
- Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth by Juliet B. Schor
- The Devil Wear Prada: A Novel by Lauren Weisberger
- The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure by Juliet B. Schor
- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns by John C. Bogle
- Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse by Paul St. Pierre
- On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
- Born To Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by Juliet B. Schor
- Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now by Gordon Livingston
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
- An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield
As Flannel Guy ROI observed when we discussed books early in 2014, I obviously prefer nonfiction. You can see his own favourites here. Looking at my list over the last 12 months, I think it would serve me well to include more literary fiction for 2014-15 and I already have a few books in mind, including a few in French--it's been way too long since I've read something of substance in my mother tongue.
So, what's next up on my reading list then? How about a few books from Chris Guillebeau, Benjamin Graham, Carol Shields and Gabrielle Roy and more from Don Miguel Ruiz, Juliet B. Schor and Malcolm Gladwell. It's going to be a good year.
What are your personal favourites? Anything in the list above that you loved? Hated? Any suggestions?
*I did not include smaller eBooks that many authors publish on the Internet, though I may track these and include them in next year's list because there is a lot of good material out there. I also did not include books that I did not get through from start to finish, either because they were awful or I found something more interesting.
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