Gary's Bookshelf

Reading 2020


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.
  • For my favorite authors, I’ll read other books they’ve written as well as what they read.
  • I will read books primarily in audio-book format. This is how I best retain information.
  • I will use Audible as a last resort, I will seek out the author’s audiobook on MP3 first and support my local bookstore instead of Amazon when I can.

Previous Years

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Books Completed (15)

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

The Longevity Diet

by Valter Longo, PhD

“Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight”

The Wisdom of Insecurity

by Alan W. Watts

“A Message for an Age of Anxiety”

The Simple Path to Wealth ★

by JL Collins

“Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life”


Herding Tigers

by Todd Henry

“Be the Leader That Creative People Need”

You Need a Budget ★

by Jesse Mecham

“The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want”

Actionable. Read it twice.

Ruined by Design ★

by Mike Monteiro

“How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It”

If you are a designer this is a must read. We need to license, we need to train, we need to organize, we need to unionize, and we need to protect those that we build products for.

Your Money or Your Life

by Vicki Robin

“9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence”

The Happiness Advantage

by Shawn Anchor

“How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life”. Recommended reading at work. Great reminder to keep a positive outlook and expectations.

The Price We Pay

by Marty Makary MD

“What Broke American Health Care–and How to Fix It”

If you work in the healthcare industry, any aspect of it, this is a must read. It gives examples of how the industry can be improved: insurance, medical care, measuring care, hospital billing, and more.

He gives a strong case for building back trust in the industry and always gives positive suggestions for improving current missteps in the industry.

Delivered from Distraction ★

by Edward M. Hallowell

“Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder”

Your Music and People ★

by Derek Sivers

Creative and considerate fame.

Hell Yea or No ★

by Derek Sivers

What’s worth doing.

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life ★

by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau

Recommended to me. Actionable advice and good reminders.

You Mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!

by Kate Kelly

(The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults w/ Attention Deficit Disorder)