Reading

Quarter One Reading

Books I Read

I prefer to read physical books, which I try to buy used or check out from the library. When it makes sense and can find books on Kindle format, I use either Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited.


The Practical Guide to Public Speaking by Maurice Forley
A great, no frills book from the past Executive Director of Toastmasters.

What Time Is Purple by Tom Hammond – Read for free here.
An amazing, brief, logical guide through worldviews.

The Quick and Easy Way to Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie
Classic and one of the best.

All Around The Moon by Jules Verne
Verne is some of the most captivating writing I have ever read – absolutely brilliant. For this reason, his reading is very difficult, coupled with the fact that he has chapter long conversations about math that is utterly over my head.

The King Tides Book 1 by James Swain
Pulp fiction – didn’t change my life but was mildly entertaining.

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker
One of my all-time favorite books, which I flew through in less than a day. Read in more detail about it here.

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
This book was incredible and I am about to read it a second time. I also made a guest appearance on pages 63 & 64, as I partook in his Digital Declutter in December of 2017.

Algorithms To Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Interesting perspective on our thinking from the vantage of computer science.

Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
I actually read this around Christmas of 2018, but included it because I still think about it often. One of the few books that made my eyes well up with tears at several point. Highly recommend.


A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
Good read, hooked me from the beginning.


Seasons of Deception by Jane Jacobs
Book # 2 in the Seasons series. Classified as “inspirational fiction,” this was outside of my normal reading genre but I made an exception and enjoyed the story thoroughly. The author, who happens to be my mother, paints beautiful word pictures throughout.


Books I Started and Abandoned

No shame in walking away from a book if you’re not extracting value. Fight the FOMO and put it down!

The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum
This was very interesting, but I could not find the momentum to finish after the halfway point – it was just too fragmented for me.

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Again, very interesting and some golden nuggets dispersed throughout, but takes on too much of a rambling tone for me to get through. I instead would recommend The Black Swan, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

How To Invent Everything by Ryan North
Humorous and creative but not sure how I could apply the knowledge immediately and so I lost interest.

Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski
Great writing and very entertaining but too dark for my taste.

Game Changers by Dave Asprey
Probably the biggest disappointment of my year so far. What a bunch of gobble-dee-goop.


Audio Books I Listened To

Not my favorite way to digest a book, but I used Audible and Scribd, which saves me a ton of money. I also take copious notes throughout and relisten to certain sections so I make sure I am applying the knowledge immediately. Get (two free audiobooks!) a free month of Audible by clicking here, and a free month of Scribd here.


Essentialism by Greg Mckeown
Dare I say, this book is essential reading. Pairs very well with Digital Minimalism and The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life.

The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin
A nice collection of excerpts from the Poor Richard’s Almanack.


The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum
I love older writing like this, similar to Arnold Bennett, whom I enjoy reading very much.

The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
This was a quick listen and very actionable.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
I am exploring comedy as a part of refining my Speaking skills, and I thought it very fitting to listen to Steve Martin’s rise from zero talent to popular comedian and writer.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Dense, a bit unnerving, and very interesting. I would not necessarily recommend this book to just anyone.

Blue Fishing by Steve Sims
A different approach to networking by one of the most successful and unexpected personal concierges. 

Do More Better by Tim Challies
I am still raving about this book, and you can read more of my thoughts here.

The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life by Leo Babauta
Very practical, and not in the “only have one bowl for your whole family” kind of way. This book does not promote minimalism as much as Essentialism, in my opinion.

Make the Most of Your Mind by Tony Buzan
For those interested in sharpening their mind through time-tested but somewhat unconventional means, this was an interesting read/listen.

Great At Work by Morten T. Hansen
Great listen, very actionable. Also pairs well with Essentialism.


Books I Am Working Through Slowly

These are interesting and I want to keep reading, but just cannot get through them as quickly as the others.

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
Very interesting, but very conversational which requires me to take frequent breaks.

Quit Your Worrying! by George Wharton James
Older book which is very good, but a bit slower to read.

The Bible

My Utmost for His Highest – by Oswald Chambers

Oasis – Daily Refreshment for the Thirsty Soul Compiled by Harold Vaughan

I read through the Bible yearly in the following format – Old Testament: once per year, New Testament: twice per year, Psalms: twice per year, Proverbs: 12 times per year. I also read My Utmost for His Highest – a devotional – daily, and Oasis, which is a collection of inspirational quotes.


Books I am Excited About For Q2

Super stoked about these!

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley

Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks and Dan Kennedy

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi and Lee Strobel

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