Gary Bacon

Reading 2013

⬅ Back to The Challenge

This year, I slacked off on the reading for a few months earlier in the year. Ever committed to my reading goal, I’m stepping it up a notch. I plan to read one book a week. Two if I can really push myself. It depends on the length of the book too. Continuing to build endurance and exercise my favorite muscle!

Completed – 2013

Favorite titles are represented by a star. ★

  1. Start Something That Matters, by Blake Mycoskie | Great, and inspiring, way to start the new year. ★
  2. V Is for Vulnerable, by Seth Godin | Life Outside the Comfort Zone. A picture book for adults. So many gems. Shame vs Vulnerability. Break free and create art.
  3. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath | Quick read. Interactive quiz included. ★ | Review
  4. Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert | Insightful book about how our minds actually work. Our memory isn’t a recording events but a fabrication of clues to rebuild what actually happened. Great case studies that illustrate his points. Discover that planning for future happiness is a paradox.
  5. Anything You Want, by Derek Sivers | Most enjoyable read. Sivers talks about starting cdbaby and the lessons learned along the way. Reminded me a bit of Blake Mycoskie in some ways. Once again, don’t try to find happiness (success) just let it happen. ★
  6. The Likeability Factor, by Tim Sanders | Majority of the book explained why it is good to be likable. Then at the end, gave steps on how to improve your personality. Much of it common knowledge.
  7. Bossypants, by Tina Fey | Such a good read and funny too. This memoir is a joy to read. Tina smartly recollects the lessons that she has learned along the way.
  8. Rich Food, Poor Food, by Jayson Calton, PhD, Mira Calton, Cn | Great resource on the best food to buy. If you are looking to find organic, GMO-free, whole foods then start with this book.
  9. The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin | Felt like a continuation of Linchpin. Loved it. How to be a better artist. Don’t limit yourself. ★
  10. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz | Reread. Recommended by a good friend. I get something new out of it each time. ★
  11. Lean UX, by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden | Highly advise reading if you are in the field. Really hit home on a few topics. Validating in a lot of ways too. On the right path. ★
  12. Ignore Everybody, by Hugh MacLeod | Got so much inspiration from this. Should reread every 3 months are so. Read it, create your art, and enjoy life. ★
  13. The Flinch, by Julien Smith | This should be read every month. Overcome “the flinch”, “the blerch“, and the “lizard brain“. Great notes, great homework, and truly inspiring read. ★