To say 2018 was a challenging year for me would be like Job calling the boils and locusts a minor inconvenience.
Coming in at 38, this is the fewest books I’ve read in a year since I began tracking in 2013.
A book only makes the list if I read the first page, the last page, and every page in between. Partial reads don’t count.
In the early part of the year, I picked up nearly half a dozen books in a row that I couldn’t bring myself to finish — even anxiously awaited books like Annie Duke’s “Thinking in Bets,” and no-stress reads like Alexandra Horowitz’s “Inside of a Dog.”
Even Robert Greene’s long-awaited “Rules of Human Nature” remains half done.
I found my reading groove again after the election, finishing 7 of this year’s 35 between November 7 and December 27… ending on a high note with Erik Weihenmayer’s “The Adversity Advantage.”
If you find a book or two on this list that interests you, please let me know what you picked and how you enjoyed it. There’s nothing better than talking about great books.
Like Ryan Holiday says, “I promised myself a long time ago that if I saw a book that interested me, I’d never let time or money or anything else prevent me from having it … Enjoy these books, treat your education like the job that it is, and let me know if you ever need anything.”
The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness, Erik Weihenmayer
The Glass Ocean, Beatriz Williams
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir, Ruth Wariner
The Summer Wives: A Novel, Beatriz Williams
The Female Persuasion: A Novel, Meg Wolitzer
An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew, Annajet van der Zijl
How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story, Billy Gallagher
The Ocean Liner, Marius Gabriel
The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders, Elena L. Botelho
Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More, Morten Hansen
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel H. Pink
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Exposed and Explained by the World’s Two, Al Ries
Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons, Lewis Schiff
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts, Therese Anne Fowler
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future, Ryder Carroll
Leaders: Myth and Reality, Stanley McChrystal
Not Our Kind: A Novel, Kitty Zeldis
The Dinner List: A Novel, Rebecca Serle
Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself, Mike Michalowicz
The Masterpiece: A Novel, Fiona Davis
Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win, Jo Piazza
The Last Cruise: A Novel, Kate Christensen
Before The Exit: Thought Experiments For Entrepreneurs, Dan Andrews
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou
I Love Capitalism!: An American Story, Ken Langone
Recruit Rockstars: The 10 Step Playbook to Find the Winners and Ignite Your Business, Jeff Hyman
Sales Differentiation: 19 Powerful Strategies to Win More Deals at the Prices You Want, Lee B. Salz
This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See, Seth Godin
Little Black Stretchy Pants, Chip Wilson