My Complete Book List for 2018 (Nicole Schlinger)

Nicole Schlinger
This is the fewest books I’ve completed since 2013. Still some great reads on the list, and if you pick one up and find it meaningful, let me know. Nicole Schlinger

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

Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America’s First Female Tycoon, Charles Slack

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World, Rand Fishkin

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

Principles: Life and Work, Ray Dalio

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel H. Pink

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing — Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth, W. Chan Kim

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 Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture, Scott Belsky

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, Jason Fried

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

The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, Alex Banayan

I Love Capitalism!: An American Story, Ken Langone

Recruit Rockstars: The 10 Step Playbook to Find the Winners and Ignite Your Business, Jeff Hyman

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, Ryan Holiday

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

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Nicole Schlinger is a business owner, book lover, and dog owner.

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