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:
You may notice the Blinkist links 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. Update 8/1: I’ve decided to quit using Blinkest. I found that I missed the author’s tone, stories, and detailed intent of their work.
Favorite books of 2017 are denoted by a ★
These are the books I’ve completed reading so far this year.
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, “Be different, break out of the mold, and surprise folks”. Definitely gave me a Jolt of Inspiration.
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.
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.
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.
I stumbled across this book a few times. Finally after seeing it on the Most Read section of Amazon Charts for Non-fiction, I decided to go for it and read it. Honestly, without knowing the premise of the book. I’m very glad that I did. Ties into other research I’ve done. It gives a strategy for dealing with the lizard brain. The stories and examples in the book are encouraging, hit home, and touch the heart.
Definitely a modern classic. Fantastic story and a journey in which the main character learns to listen to his heart, recognize opportunity, and follow his path. It illustrates the value of living out our Personal Legend. Loved it.
At first this was hard to read. It brought back a lot of emotions relating to my Dad’s death. The memory of which still feels recent yet this October will be 2 years. I almost quit reading it.
I’m glad that I pushed through and finished the book. It’s somehow comforting to know others have been through what you have. This was an honest, open guide for dealing with death and facing adversity. It was an insightful view of Post Traumatic Growth and how to be resilient and bounce forward instead of bouncing back. Highly recommended.
Great straight forward approach to pricing design. Covers three models: time-based rates, fixed prices, and value based pricing. It hones on the benefits of value based pricing from there.
I would recommend reading this before Option B. She references Lean In as you’re reading Option B. Having that context helps to get a sense of how the author really feels.
Gave me a lot to think about. She gives great examples of her past experiences on everything from mentors to pushing for more equality in the workforce. Encouraging read to lean in 100% and push aside self-doubt. Loved it.
Enjoyed this read which shows us how we have a sub-process that we use to think without thinking about it. Insightful and very useful. The way Gladwell ties each story together to support each point or theme was so fluid.
Excited to dig further into the works of Paul Ekman, who analyzed micro-facial expressions and has done consulting work for Pixar.
Great perspective on the underestimated and the misunderstood. Weaving in multiple stories to illustrate his point, this was an insightful look into various ways we think something will happen logically, however, the results prove to be different. It depicts the reasoning behind those that are often-looked over at first, can be remarkable at what they do.
This book is a deep dive into imposter syndrome, how to identify it, and how to combat it when it shows up. Reading Sheryl Sandberg’s work led me to this author. While the content was a bit slanted to the perspective of a woman in the workforce, there were great nuggets of insight throughout.
Couldn’t put this book down. Enjoyed it so much. Jeff Goins lays out 12 principles that define a thriving artist. Putting to bed many of the preconceived notions that we have about the “starving artist”, the work gives a clear strategy for overcoming that mindset.
I’m not sure how this hit my radar, I think it was mentioned in a previous book. ( And this book mentions others I’ve read! Shout out to Gary Taubes. ) Learned a ton about setting habits. One aspect that really hit a chord with me, she pointed out that different personality types can affect habit change. She sheds light on methods for habit change based off of that concept. This book came at just the right time. Loved it.
Indeed a timely book. A book that was influenced by the current political & social climate in America, thoughtfulness on community, and a deeper dive into true belonging.
Hands down the best book I’ve read in 2017. Gretchen Rubin introduces us to “The Four Tendencies”: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. The book provides great insight into human nature, social interactions, and those blindspots that we can’t see in ourselves. If you’re wondering, I’m a Questioner. You can take the quiz here too.
As Gretchen Rubin would define, Todd Henry is an Upholder. I found this an interesting read. It lays out a blueprint for scheduling breaks, creative time, and balance to keep the creative’s mind from burning out. Practical advice.
First heard of this book in You Are a Badass or You Are a Badass at Making Money and it was also the inspiration for The Secret. It was published in 1910 and from that perspective was a neat glimpse into the era’s tone of writing. However, I was not a fan of the work overall. Just wasn’t for me.
Set for Life is a practical and realistic game plan for building wealth over time. It goes beyond monitoring one’s spending habits and dives into the pitfalls that many middle class folks fall into when managing finances. Then it sets the stage for a game plan on investing once your finances are set. The complete opposite of the previous book I read. Really enjoyed this one.
If I forget what that means, re-read this book.
You should read it too.
Researching real estate development. This was the second book I’ve finished in the Bigger Pockets network. Great insights, examples, and advice on buying real estate using creative financing techniques.
Reading this book made me feel cozy.
Reminded me of such warm memories spending time with a friend that I miss dearly. We would share cake and discuss for hours what we had been reading.