Yep, i love reading. Reading books, magazines, blogs, tweets, updates etc.
I’ve realised that lately though, the amount of blog posts, articles, tweets etc have been taking more of my reading attention than actual books (printed or ebooks – i don’t mind the format).
There is something about reading a book that is very different from reading a blog post. Books are, as Seth Godin puts it “a complete idea”. That is why reading a book and putting it on my shelf feels like earning a trophy and showcasing it. I conquered, completed and achieved something – like a little badge of honour related to that specific idea or concept.
Finishing a blog post or finishing a book is very different A book allows you to explore a topic in a very different manner than a blog post or magazine article would. When reading a book, i feel like i’m on a guided tour which starts slowly, picks up speed, offers some surprises and concludes appropriately. You leave enriched, informed and look at the world differently. I miss that.
This is not a post about reading books, or the nostalgia of printed goods. This is about growing, learning and habits. I want to read more. So i have decided to read 12 books in 2013 (not counting anything i have read already this year). That means that i have about 6 and a half months to get that done. Put differently, i need to finish a book every 2 and a half weeks. Every week. Until the end of the year.
This will not be easy. But it will be great!
That’s why i’m writing this post. You can check up on me! I am planning on writing a blog post every time i complete a book so you can track progress – or chat about a specific book or topic.
Here is the list of books i’ve got lined up (not necessarily in order):
Lean Entrepreneur – Brant Cooper(My blog post)
- Retire young, retire rich – Robert Kiyosaki
- E-myth revisited – Micheal Gerber
- Like a Virgin – Richard Brandson
- Thou shall prosper – Rabbi Daniel Lapin
- The Happiness advantage – Shawn Achor
- The art of the deal – Donald Trump
- The Icarus deception – Seth Godin
- The millionaire next door – Thomas J. Stanley
- Businessmodel Generation – Alexander Osterwalder
Execute – Josh Long(My blog post)
- Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money – Dave Ramsey
Some of the books i’ve read before – years ago. I want to read them again and see if i can learn different lessons as i believe that i am looking at these topics from a different point of view.
I know it is probably not the most “balanced” list of books in the world. I’m okey with it. You should be too 🙂
Here are some ways i am going to try and get this done:
- Speed reading – I have always wanted to be able to do this. I have started a simple book on speed reading and implementing techniques as i learn them.
- Dedicated reading time – This will require focussed, dedicated reading time. Reading when “i have time” will not cut it. Reading before i fall asleep will not allow me to focus and concentrate and learn form the content.
- Planning – i know how much time i have for each book. Before starting each book i know ho many pages i need to read each day [insert cliche about eating an elephant one bite at a time here]
- Room for error – I left some space for slipping up and missing reading days. The plan inclues this so that everything doesn’t come crashing down if i miss a day of reading.
Which of these have you read and enjoyed? Which should i take off the list? What should be added?
Great selection Iaan! I’ve read an enjoyed many on the list. Here’s some more to add:
Drive by Dan Pink
Good to great (and all his other books) by Jim Collins
The Progress Principle by Theresa Amabile
The five dysfunctions of a team (and all his other books) by Pat Lencioni
Wonderful! Thanks for the suggestions 😉
hey iaan, you inspire me with this blog. i find myself in a position of desire and challenge. i desire to read more, but is challenged to attain this goal with time, distractions and….well, just life. the more i read, the more i desire to read – kind of weird. my goal is to read 1 book per week by the end of the year.
ps. i love your list of books to read – especialy e-myth.
I like that challenge! Do it 😉
Love your suggestions. Will definitely be downloading some of those. Thanks.
Great! Let me know what you think of them once you have read them