12 Books in 2018

You really can’t improve what you don’t measure.

Before putting this list together, I figured I’d read ~25 books in 2018. Wrong. I had read 12 books in 2018. I was slightly embarrassed about this.

The average American reads 12 books a year. I’m right there with them.

Most CEOs read 52 books a year. That’s more than 4x the number of books that I read in 2018.

My friend, Sarah Downey read more than 100 books over the same 52 weeks.

The truth is — the most exciting people I know personally read a lot and they are always brimming with new ideas, thoughts, and perspectives. I like that.

So, my goal for 2019 is to chill a bit on podcasts and read more books. Specifically, at least 52 books over the year. I’ve already created a list of potentials. Many of them come from those recommended in Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris. I also signed up for my Boston Public Library card. I’m all set.

12 Books Read in 2018

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frank
  2. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  4. The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, PhD
  5. Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor
  6. North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek
  7. Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson
  8. How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle by Fitzgerald Matt
  9. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
  10. Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work For You by Spencer Johnson M.D.
  11. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  12. Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson

Here are tips on how to read more in a single year:


Thanks, Matt Mullenweg for your post: 39 Books in 2018. It served as inspiration.

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