Gary Bacon

Reading 2014

This year I’m making it a discipline to read a book a week. The post “How To Read a Book a Week“, rightly named so, reignites the flame to continue on with this life goal.

Documentaries

  • A Place at the Table, Jeff Brdiges, Tom Colicchio star in this moving film directed by K. Silverbush. Worth a view by everyone in America. We need reform to help alter this growing epidemic.

Completed (13)

Goals: Setting and Achieving Them on Schedule

by Zig Ziglar

Classic from my childhood. Listened a few times to refresh on practical principles on goal setting.

How to Stay Motivated: The Goals Program (Unabridged)

by Zig Ziglar

Another classic. Listened a few times to refresh on goal setting.

Building a Healthy Self-Image

by Zig Ziglar

Great short listen.

The Dip

by Seth Godin

On my list to read yearly. I learn something new each time I read this wonderful book. Know when to quit or stick it out.

Often Wrong, Never in Doubt

by Donny Deutsch with Peter Knobler

Great read. Look back over his years and lessons learned working at the agency he grew revenue into the billions.

The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brené Brown

Seriously one of the best books I’ve read. Really helped out this perfectionist.

Trust Me, I’m Lying

by Ryan Holiday

Book flows well and works great as a narrative. If you want the “behind the scenes” of blogging, read this melodrama. Enjoyed it.

Growth Hacker Marketing

by Ryan Holiday

How to use social media for business. #meh

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

by Mason Currey

Daily routines of artists, writers, composers, scientists, etc. Sparked some great ideas. Gives good insight into how other creatives structure their lives.

Heavy as Lead ( Timothy Herring )

by Gladys Mitchell writing as Malcolm Torrie

British noir fiction centered around a preservation society proved to be entertaining.

The Vacationers

by Emma Straub

Recommended by The New Republic’s Summer Reading Guide, this novel accounts for the Post family vacation. Drama, beautiful beach scenery, and human nature are at the forefront of this piece. Was entertaining to read but at times felt a bit predictable.

Lincoln’s Melancholy

by Joshua Wolf Shenk

One of the best books that I have read this year. Looks at Lincoln’s life through the lens of his ongoing depression. How he coped, channeled, and ascended to greatness.

The Magic of Thinking Big

by David J. Schwartz

Based on a recommendation by Tim Ferris on The Random Show…hearing Tim mention that feeling malaise and fatigue are sometimes attributed to the fact that a person’s goals aren’t big enough — struck a chord in me.