2016 Reading Challenge
This year I’m sticking to my New Year’s Resolution! And you’re going to help me.
Each year, I set out with lofty goals, that I inevitable fail to maintain and complete. But not this year. I’m determined to better myself — to learn, to grow, and to develop. How you ask, well, by reading. That’s right, this year, I’m planning on reading 52 books — which is going to be a challenge. Thank goodness it’s a Leap Year, I’m going to need that extra day!
I’m setting up this post to keep track of my progress, and more importantly, to keep me accountable. I’ll also be updating my progress on Goodreads, which I highly recommend.
My Ground Rules:
- Only 1 book a month can be an audio book. (I don’t retain long-form material as well and want to actively read — but let’s be real, audio books are convenient, especially in LA traffic.)
- Only 1 book a month can be a book I’ve already read. (Like most people, I tend to forget content from books I’ve read and need a refresher every now and again.)
- The majority of the books will be non-fiction. The point of this challenge is to grown and learn, while there is much to be learned from works of fiction, I’m aiming to mostly read non-fiction.
- While reading, I will take notes and highlight passages/quotes (that I might post somewhere). I’ll also write a brief summary, highlighting my main takeaways from each selection.
Books Already Read in 2016:
- Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (Audiobook)
- Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb
- Ask Me Anything (Some of Reddit’s best AMAs from r/IAmA Book 1) by Reddit
- Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, No Managed by Alexis Ohanian (re-read)
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
- Modern Romance by Aziza Ansari and Eric Klinenberg (audiobook)
- Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising by Ryan Holiday
- The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy by Lewis Howes
- The Gilded Razor: A Memoir by Sam Lansky
- A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman
- The Obstacles Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trails into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
- Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers by Seth Godin
- The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
Books I’m Keen on Reading:
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life (and Comedy) by Judd Apatow
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink