Gary's Bookshelf

Reading 2019


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 on my list.
  • 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.

Previous Years

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Books Completed (14)

These are the books I’ve completed reading so far this year. Favorite books are denoted by a ★

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day ★

by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

Stumbled upon this book looking for another book with similar cover art. I’m so glad that I did! I highly recommend this book as it’s a dive into design thinking for everyday life. It motivated me to get intentional with my time and take audit of the long-term goals that I’m striving for. I’m a big fan of books that give you an outline or process to create your own roadmap; this book is one.

Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists

by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Started listening to “The Minimalists” podcast again. Wanted to support Josh and Ryan so I decided to listen to their book, “Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists”. It was very motivational in getting me back into the mindset of minimalism and intentionality. I first dove into the topic in 2011 with books by Leo Babauta, Dave Bruno, and Chris Guillebeau.

Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth - and How You Can Too ★

by Chris Hogan

Joshua and Ryan interviewed Chris Hogan on their podcast, “The Minimalists”. The interview inspired me to check out his book “Everyday Millionaires”, which contains encouraging stories of folks to did the hard work, saved up, and became millionaires over the 30+ years of their working life. No get rich quick schemes; just hard work. After hearing the amazing stories of folks in the book, I was motivated to check out “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey.

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness ★

by Dave Ramsey

Resisted reading this for years because I thought it was another “silver bullet” book. You know, the kind that promise you the world for little work. No money down!™ Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to Dave Ramsey’s book. It outlines hard work, saving up, and practical advise. Good patterns and money habits that I heard about in the Grandfather that I sadly never got to meet. I’m excited to pursue my money goals with gazelle-like intensity!

Building Winning Relationships

by Zig Ziglar

I appreciate Zig Ziglar’s work and listened to him growing up. That being said, this book didn’t feel like it applied to me as a single adult. I thought this would be about interpersonal relationships in general. It was more geared towards marriage.

Accessibility for Everyone

by Laura Kalbag

Buddhist Boot Camp ★

by Timber Hawkeye