I love to read books but I don’t take the time to read nearly as many as I would like to. As I was sitting on an airplane end of April I decided that in the next 12 months I’m going read at least 52 books. I’m hoping this challenge will keep me on track.
I love the feel of a real book in my hand but recently a friend gave me an old Kindle and let me tell you, I love it! Before my trip to Sweden and Scotland (you can read more on my travel blog The Traveling Swede) I added a variety of books including some free ones (always take advantage of the free downloads).
With long flights overseas and plenty of long layovers I got a nice head start. Of course having a Kindle allowed me to read a lot more than what I could have had I brought physical books.
During my trip and the month of May I read the following books:
1. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Perigee Book.)
This book is right up my alley. I wanted to read it to be inspired by someone who left the hamster wheel. Chris Guillebeau decided on a cold, icy night to just walk back inside instead of going to work and never looked back. He became an entrepreneur and has a lot of great tips on how to challenge the status quo and go live your life the way you want to.
2. Ready Aim Fire!: A Practical Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals
My friends Erik Fisher and Jim Woods wrote this book. If you are new to goal-setting or you need a little help along the way this is a great book for that. It shows you some concrete steps on succeeding setting and achieving goals.
3. 25 Tips for Productivity
I heard an interview on Beyond The To Do List podcast with Augusto Pinaud and this author is energetic. If you listen to the podcast episode (No. 19) before reading the book you can almost hear Mr. Pinaud read it to you. The book has 25 very useful tips for productivity and several of them were new to me. I highly recommend this for anyone on the hunt for productivity tips.
4. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
If you want to be a writer or like to be you should read this book written by Jeff Goins. This book gives you great advice on what to do, how to do it and how to succeed as a writer without being a boring, technical book. Great book that I will refer back to as I’m working on improving as a writer.
5. The Productive Person: A how-to guide book filled with productivity hacks & daily schedules for entrepreneurs, students or anyone struggling with work-life balance.
If you have never read a single productivity book or have no concept of the ‘traditional’ ways of being productive there are a few things in here that are useful. However, nothing in this book is new or revolutionary. I downloaded this book for free and I’m glad I did. Save your money.
6. No Brand Is an Island
This book, written by Robert D. Smith is for anyone managing artists, musicians and alike. However, it does have some good tips and ideas that you can use if you are starting or running a business. It was a free download and I enjoyed it and learned a few things.
7. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Most of you have probably read this book written by Malcolm Gladwell since it came out many years ago but I hadn’t. It’s a long book but it is super interesting! I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it. Explains how crime, fashion trends, diseases and more has a tipping point and what can cause one to take off while another one doesn’t. Fascinating read for sure.
8. Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships
Having heard of John C. Maxwell but not knowing who he was I decided to read one of his books. It was a free download. There are great tips in this book that are applicable to both personal and business relationships. The book has several long references to biblical scripture but they are comprised into a page or two within each chapter. The book, I learned as I was reading it, is intended for church leaders. However, the concepts in the book are spot on for anyone.
9. No More Mondays: Fire Yourself — and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work
This book changed my life and since its been a few years since I read it I felt it was time to read it again. The original version was called No More Dreaded Mondays but the revision was renamed No More Mondays. I’m a huge fan of Dan Miller and I recommend his products to everyone I talk to. If I could buy everyone that hate their job this book I would.
Dan also has a book called 48 Days to the Work You Love that is a must for anyone looking for work, going on interviews and a book that will help you find a job you love. No More (Dreaded) Mondays is in my opinion the next step, it’s about taking your passion and creating your own path. If you are sick and tired of spinning the wheel working for someone else, this book could change your life just like it did for me.
With 9 books read I did pretty well during my trip and the month of May. Some of these books are quite short but it’s not about length, it’s about what the book teaches you and that’s exactly what I’m after. I want to continue to grow and learn as a person and a great and inexpensive way to do so is to read a book.
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I would love to add more books to my reading list. Please tell me in the comment section below what book or books have made a huge difference in your life and that you recommend me read.