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
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frank
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
- The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, PhD
- Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor
- North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek
- Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson
- How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle by Fitzgerald Matt
- Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
- Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work For You by Spencer Johnson M.D.
- Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
- Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson
Here are tips on how to read more in a single year:
- How Many Books Should One Read in a Year? by Gino Sorcinelli | He read 52 books in 52 weeks and called it “life-changing.”
- How To Read a Book a Week by Julien Smith | “It gives you an amazing amount of ideas. It makes you understand the world.” I’m sold.
- How I Read 200 Books a Year by Claire Diaz-Ortiz | It’s all in the title.
Thanks, Matt Mullenweg for your post: 39 Books in 2018. It served as inspiration.