This year I pushed this goal even further. At the first of the year, I took a bit of extra time to read Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, by Seth Godin. I digested it slowly—on purpose. I plan to read it again every year. Now that reading it is completed, I’m ramping back up and kicking this goal into overdrive.
Completed – 2012
Favorite titles are represented by a star. ★
- Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain, by Ryan Blair
- Linchpin, by Seth Godin | Review ★
- Design Is a Job, by Mike Monteiro | Review ★
- What the Plus!, by Guy Kawasaki | The missing manual for Google+. | Review
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin | Find like minded people, form a group around a common cause, and change the world.
- The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now, by Rita Emmitt | Procrastination stems from a form of perfectionism not laziness. Learn to do it now instead of at the “perfect time”. Circumstances are never perfect.
- Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon | Review ★
- The Dip, by Seth Godin | On my list to read yearly. Learn how to know when to quit or stick it out. ★
- Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work, by Chris Baréz-Brown | Advice on how to be your best at work, life, and lessons learned in business. Solid and balanced.
- The Paleo Answer by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. | A follow up from the The Paleo Diet, Cordain gives updated research, in depth explanation, and dietary guidelines for eating Paleo. Great read. ★
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Saw the movie. Felt like it was rushed and wanted to know more backstory. The book is worth a read, even if you have seen the movie. So much more detail to events taking place. Highly recommended and a fun read.
- Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg | Sociology book on living alone. Currently over 50% of Americans are “singletons”. This does not account for roommate situations. Interesting perspective on why our culture is shifting towards favoring and preserving individual independence.
- This is How, by Augusten Burroughs | Hard to describe fully. So worth the read. Touches on self-esteem, relationships, being fat/thin, death, and much more.
- Insanely Simple, by Ken Segall | How Steve Jobs leveraged simplicity and consistently fought against complexity beating it down with his simple stick. ★
- Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield | Fight the resistance. ( This topic influenced Seth Godin in Linchpin. ) ★
- Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear, by Hugh MacLeod | Sparked me to have an “aha moment”. Balance of artist, work, and the beacons that guide us. No excuse for lack of fulfillment, stalled creativity, or the right circumstances. No excuses. Now read it, no excuses. ★
- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins | Second book in The Hunger Games series.
- Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins | Third book in The Hunger Games series. Enjoyed finishing up the trio. Was pleased with how it ended.
- Poke the Box, by Seth Godin | Start something. Ship. Fail often. Repeat. Very inspiring read and moves to a favorite of mine. Read Linchpin first, then this. ★
- The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau | An entertaining journey of case studies about people that start micro businesses.
- The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy | Best book of the year so far. Hands down. Perfect book after reading Poke the Box. Routines build momentum for success. ★
- We Are All Weird, by Seth Godin | Mass marketing is fading. We are all weird, unique, and purchase based on our individuality. Don’t fake it, embrace it.
- the War of Art, by Steven Pressfield | Fight Resistance, create your Art. ★