The Best 10 Books I Read in 2019

I highly recommend that you read these books. They have been handpicked for your 2020 reading list.

Vinod Sharma
Jan 5 · 5 min read

Are you making a reading list for 2020? Consider adding some of the following books to your list.

I selected these books from the 58 books I read in 2019. Each of them will provide you with information, emotion, and excitement.

Please note that these books were not released in 2019, but read by me in 2019.

Two Self Help Books (Finding Your Passion)

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#1 — ‘Take Control of Your Life’ by Mel Robbins. If I could only give one piece of advice to anyone, it would be to read Mel Robbins’ books. She is a hugely entertaining author who makes inHi formation easy to grasp.

#2 — ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho is an old fable book. It is a quick and fun read with a lot of wisdom.

Three Best Bios & Memoir Books

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#3 — ‘Can’t Hurt Me’ by David Goggins is by far the best book I have ever read, with a fantastic life story and inspiring advice. If you ever want to get a dose of no-excuse motivation to do exercise, read a few pages of this book.

#4 — ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover is a memoir about a young girl who did not attend school during childhood but through her desire for knowledge left her family to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

This book is one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of the year and on Bill Gates’s holiday reading list. Additionally, it is named one of the Best Books of the Year by many publications.

#5 — ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed is the story of a woman who went hiking on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). She did not feel adequately prepared but survived her months-long hiking adventure. You will also experience how a challenging goal, such as hiking PCT could be a life-changing event.

***Bonus Books In Bios & Memoir Category***

Becoming’ by Michelle Obama will give you a glimpse of their early life, presidential candidacy, and during the presidency.

When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi is a story of a neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 36.

I am Malala’ by Malala Yusafzai is a story of a Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban. It was a very famous book in 2013.

Three Fiction Books

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#6 — ‘The President Is Missing’ by Bill Clinton, and James Patterson is an exciting book. I selected this book because of the two giant names — Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

#7 — ‘Twelve Angry Men’ by Reginald Rose is short and fun classical. Audible has made it an entertaining play. Try it.

***Bonus Book In Fiction Category***

Redemption’ is the last book (currently) in the Amos Decker series. I tried a few other series/characters by David Baldacci, but they did not come close to the Amos Decker series.

Three Management & Leadership Books

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#8 — ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen is by far the best time management book I have read. I read the first edition in 2013 and instantly became a fan. The best take away from this book is — : making a list by context and building a ‘someday’ list, writing the next step as opposed to writing just the name of the task. For example, instead of writing ‘oil change’ as a task, write ‘call car dealer to book an oil change appointment.’ The book will also teach you how to plan for long terms goals and reviewing them at regular intervals.

#9 — ‘Measure What Matters’ by John Doerr will show you how to set your goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Where objectives define what you want to achieve, and key results are specific to measure. It changes your perspective on the goal as you start identifying key findings by making everything very intentional.

#10 — ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan will provide you a structured approach to focus on what you want and your growth compared to 100 other things you do daily. You will be able to download free stuff from their website to plan your goals by the week, month, year, and beyond so that you can focus today on your ONE Thing.

***Bonus Book In Management & Leadership Category***

Dare to Lead’ by Brene Brown is for anyone who wants to make an impact on other people’s life. Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. Anyone is a leader who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and dares to develop that potential. I also completed the ‘Dare to Lead’ leadership class.’

Never Split the Difference’ by Chris Voss will teach you negotiation tips. In this book, you will learn nine practical principles — counterintuitive tactics and strategies through high-stakes negotiations stories.

Scrum — The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time’ by Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland, shares their ideas on why they created Scrum and how it can help in improving accelerating productivity and quality as much as 1,200%.

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Which book did you read in 2019? Please do share the most influential book you recently read.

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