Gary Bacon

Reading

Overview

I’ve always read books slowly. I digest them, research as I read, and take notes along the way. They are my mentors. I enjoy slow and deliberate thinking. A few thoughts on reading:

  • I will re-read favorite books the way I rewatch favorite movies and replay favorite albums.
  • I will take a deep breath and understand that it is IMPOSSIBLE to read everything. ( At last count 844 books in my Amazon wish list. Based on current pace it would take me over 36 years just to finish. )
  • I will be selective about my reading. If I don’t like it, then I won’t finish it.
  • I will take better notes and retain the information gleaned.
  • For my favorite authors, I’ll read other books they’ve written as well as what they read.
  • I will read bibliographies. I will let one book lead me to another.

You may notice the πŸ‘“ Blinkist link below. This allows me to get a good summary of a book, picks out action items from the read, and allow me to more flexibly choose which books to do a deep dive into. A review of this service is forthcoming.

Previous Years

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016Running Total 109

Books Completed (9)

These are the books I’ve completed reading so far this year.

Jolt: Marketing Tactics for Programmers, Designers, Freelancers, Makers, and Entrepreneurs

by Justin Jackson

This book is a great resource for marketing your new product, software, idea, book, or any project that you want to promote. It teaches you to, β€œBe different, break out of the mold, and surprise folks”. Definitely gave me a Jolt of Inspiration.
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The Miracle Morning

by Hal Elrod

Gives guidelines for setting up a morning routine. By setting aside time first thing in the morning, we set the tone for the rest of the day.
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The Wealthy Freelancer

by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, and Ed Gandia

Didn’t get much out of this one. If you have never done freelance work before, then it might be worth the read. But nothing groundbreaking.
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SEO 2016

by Adam Clarke

The value of reputation, quality of content, and a good user experience as factors to good SEO. Keyword tools that go beyond Google Adwords. The value of video, and YouTube in particular in boosting your search results online. The impact on social media in terms of an extra boost to rankings.
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The Little Book That Still Beats the Market

by Joel Greenblatt

Good quick overview for investing. Gives formula for “beating the market”. Basic tax tips for stocks in the United States as well.
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MONEY Master the Game

by Tony Robbins

Covers financial goals to push yourself towards Financial Freedom and guides along setting up a “freedom fund”.

πŸ”‘ “If you don’t have a plan, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or get lost in the details. When you know what you’re aiming for, it’s much easier to get there.”
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

by Mark Manson

Instead of running away from conflict, learn how to embrace life’s challenges. Choose what to give a fuck about. Ignore the rest. Realize that yep, not everything in life is perfect nor should we expect it to be. Don’t lie to yourself, be bluntly honest. Embrace truth. Escape the delusions we put in place to insulate ourselves. Great and honest read. Loved it.

Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan...

by Dave Asprey

Great new book from Dave. Talks about how our environment and the food we eat affect our mitochondria. It goes on to explain how mitochondria affects almost every aspect of our body and brain. Introduces the Bullet Proof Diet plus his supplements to help fight mitochondrial damage.

You Are a Badass at Making Money

by Jen Sincero

Last year, I read Jen Sincero’s book You Are a Badass. This year she has a new take on money and your mental perception and relationship with it. It was a good read but I still prefer the former.

Creative Confidence

by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

This book is amazing. Loved it. I’ve added it to my list of favorite books. It details the definition and process of design thinking. I’m a big fan of IDEO. This is a glimpse into both IDEO and Standford’s D School. Highly recommended.