I can’t start the New Year without creating a new Reading & Review list. 🙂
Last year my reading list contained 35 books, and even though I read a lot more than 35 books in 2018, I didn’t complete my list – in fact, I missed off 15 books!!
I kept getting sent other books from authors and publishers as well as getting a bit carried away when book shopping on Amazon. All in all, I spent a lot of time reading books that weren’t on my list.
So, this year I have a lot of catching up to do!
I still plan to read the 15 books missing from my 2018 Reading List, therefore, this year’s reading list is a bit shorter at only 10 books.
And those 10 books are…
(Note: Once I’ve read a book I’ll add a quick summary of my thoughts along with a link for you to check out my full book review and rating)
1) The 10 Pillars of Wealth: Mind-Sets of the World’s Richest People by Alex Becker
I thought that “10 Pillars of Wealth” was a nice, easy-going, short read.
However, if I had read the subtitle and understood that this book was about mindsets and habits (topics that I have read a lot about) then I probably wouldn’t have bought this book.
Overall, I found the content to be a bit basic.
2) Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?: Olympic-winning Strategies for Everyday Success by Ben Hunt-Davis
Ben Hunt-Davis is a gold medal-winning Olympic rower, and this book is about his journey to success at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Harriet Beveridge comes into the story to transform his Olympic-winning strategies into something that you and I can easily implement for your own everyday success.
An easy 10/10 and one of the best personal development books I’ve read so far.
3) The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
A superb book that everyone should read!
The Compound Effect demonstrates how small things, done repeatedly and consistently over time, can generate massive amounts of success.
A first-class personal development book that is short and simple to read, with actionable content that is easy to implement.
4) The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
If I was going to sum this book up, I would describe it as ‘goal planning and scheduling on steroids’!
But, there were just a few times when I felt the book had been dragged out and could have been more to the point.
5) Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
This is a lovely little book!
A very simple story with a BIG lesson – actually, lots of big lessons.
Although at times it seems almost juvenile and common sense, you’ll be surprised at just how uncommon that common sense is when you apply the lessons to your own life.
6) Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler
Living with a SEAL is highly entertaining and one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to.
Itzler’s narrating skills really brought the book to life and I was hooked from the get-go.
The only downside (if you can call it a downside) is that there isn’t much value in this book since it is just Itzler’s personal story and experience of living with a Navy SEAL.
But even still, I would highly recommend this audiobook simply because it was brilliant to listen to.
7) Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jacko Willink and Leif Babin
Although Extreme Ownership is about how to be a better leader, there is a lot that you can take out of this book even if you don’t lead a team.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, and the book was much better than I expected it to be.
I like the way the book is structured, and the ‘application to business’ sections were very valuable. So, all-in-all, there’s a lot to like about this book.
8) Digital Darwinism: Survival of the Fittest in the Age of Business Disruption by Tom Goodwin
We all know Darwinism when it comes to species; that it’s not the strongest or the quickest that survive, it’s those that can adapt and change. And if you take a look at the business and entrepreneurial landscape, the same thing applies, and that is what this book is looking at.
I would recommend this book for business owners and entrepreneurs, especially those that are eager to disrupt and to stay in front of current trends.
9) Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison
Thirst is inspiring, motivating, heartbreaking, and every other emotion you can think of all rolled into one.
There are many lessons that you can learn from this book and they come in the shape of life lessons, business lessons, and general ‘how to be a better person’ lessons.
If you read or listen to only one book this year – make it this one.
10) The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! by MJ DeMarco
The Millionaire Fastlane is a #1 Business Bestseller.
The author, MJ DeMarco, uses psychology and maths to unlock the secrets of building wealth.
It’s a ‘complete package’ of a book and one that I would highly recommend to all entrepreneurs.
Short and sweet
Although there are only 10 books, I’m super excited about each and every one of them.
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Other books that I read in 2019
I am only human and sometimes I ‘accidentally’ sneak other books into my Amazon shopping cart and onto my reading list.
I am also frequently sent books from authors and publishers.
These are the extra books that I have read this year.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is all about the basic principles of building wealth and increasing financial education.
Overall it was a brilliant book to read! It was enjoyable, insightful, and highly educational. I truly feel as though I am better off for reading it and would highly recommend it to anyone – especially all entrepreneurs.
Don’t Sleep on It by Kavit Haria
Don’t Sleep on It outlines, very clearly and simply, how to create a profitable online course.
It’s easy and enjoyable to read and has a pleasant design and layout.
My only negative (and it’s not really a negative) is that I would not recommend it to seasoned entrepreneurs and digital marketers as they may find the content a bit basic. But for those whose expertise lies elsewhere, Don’t Sleep on It is a great book, and in which instance, I would highly recommend it.
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
An honest and entertaining autobiography of a man that is a true testament to the American Dream.
Total Recall details Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life from childhood up to the present day, leaving no stone unturned as he shares his successes.
A great autobiography that I would recommend to anyone wanting to achieve more.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
If I had to use one word to sum up my experience of listening to this audiobook, I would use the word ‘intense’ (and at times, ‘insane!’)
But with that being said, I thought this audiobook was tremendous and I got so much value of out it.
It has banished all of my excuses and gave me a massive kick up the backside.
I highly recommend it!
Sleep by Nick Littlehales
Nick Littlehales is an Elite Sports Sleep Coach and in this book, he details his R90 Program and how you can make the most out of your rest and recovery time.
Sleep is full of practical advice that you can implement and modify to suit your own lifestyle and to get the best night’s sleep possible.
The 3-Day Effect is an entertaining audio show trying to uncover why immersing yourself in nature for 3 days can help reduce your anxiety, boost your creativity, and enhance your overall well-being.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a true science experiment which therefore left me with more questions at the end.
How to Get What You Want in 7 Weeks by Julie Provino
Overall, this book has a lot of positives going for it. It has a very eye-catching design, a nice layout, it’s simple and easy to read with actionable content.
But sadly, if you’re a big reader of personal development books, you’re not going to find anything new or noteworthy inside.
Creating Business Magic by David Morey, John E. McLaughlin, and Eugene Burger
Creating Business Magic is a fresh and unique look at business.
By observing the crossovers between business and magic, and learning what it takes to put on a flawless magical performance, you can understand ‘how the power of magic can inspire, innovate, and revolutionize your business.’ (Quoted from the book’s front cover.)
Before I Won by Tomas Veres
I didn’t give this book a score.
Usually, I score all the books I review on three sets of criteria; design and layout, readability, and quality of information.
I give each one a score out of 10, and then an overall score out of 10 is calculated.
If I did score this book, the overall score would be approximately 3/10 – making it my lowest scoring book to date.
But I feel as though the book doesn’t deserve that score, so I’m not giving one.
80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall
Perry Marshall takes the 80/20 Principle (also known as the Pareto Principle) and applies it to sales and marketing.
Using this principle, along with business maths and the typical sales funnels, Marshall shows you how you can (as it says on the front cover) use it to work less and make more.
Broken Business by José R. Hernandez
This book looks at why scandals, misconduct, and corruption happen within businesses.
The author, José R. Hernandez, teaches you how to get out of such a crisis and how to prevent new ones from happening.
Hernandez has created 7 steps that you can follow to help reform your company. He calls this ‘The Empowering Integrity Process’.
I would go as far as to say that it is necessary reading for anyone who is in charge of a medium to large scale enterprise.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Shoe Dog is one of my top reads of 2019 and I really wanted it to appear in my 10/10 hall-of-fame. So, I just had to give it top marks!
If you are an entrepreneur, or if you’re working in a start-up, or heck, even if you’re not in business at all, you’ll still enjoy this book!
It’s highly entertaining and once you’ve finished reading it, you’ll never look at Nike the same way again.