What I’m reading…

I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing.

Neil Gaiman (Source)

In 2019 my focus for reading is to make better choices. I’m looking at what smart people are reading and taking direction from them. Instead of being distracted by new books I’m focusing on important books that I’ve overlooked and books I’ve bought but never read.

I’m also reviewing my reading at the start of every month and trying my best to stick to my plan of what I want/need to read.

2019 is the first year that I created a ‘re-reading list’ – a list of books that have had such a great impact on me that I’ll be revisiting this year.

What you’ll find here is books I’ve read or that I’m currently reading. I’m not going to recommend a book to you that I haven’t read.

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Currently reading…

You should be extending your stay among writers whose genius is unquestionable.

Seneca – Letter II

Updated 30th October 2019

  1. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman (Buy at Amazon UK)
  2. Radical Candor (revised edition 2019) by Kim Scott (Buy at Amazon UK)
  3. No country for old men by Cormac McCarthy (Buy at Amazon UK)
  4. 21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari (Buy at Amazon UK)
  5. The infinite game by Simon Sinek (Buy at Amazon UK)
  6. Range by David Epstein (Buy at Amazon UK)
  7. The untethered soul by Michael A. Singer (Buy at Amazon UK)
  8. The guide to the good life by William B. Irvine (Buy at Amazon UK)
  9. The road to character by David Brooks (Buy at Amazon UK)
  10. The power of now by Ekhart Tolle (Buy at Amazon UK)

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Started reading but not finished…

  1. Complications by Atul Gawande (Buy at Amazon UK)
  2. Perennial seller by Ryan Holiday (Buy at Amazon UK)
  3. The book you wish your parents had read by Philippa Perry (Buy at Amazon UK)
  4. The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene (Buy at Amazon UK)

What’s next?

  1. Tides of war by Steven Pressfield (Buy at Amazon UK)
  2. The second mountain by David Brooks (Buy at Amazon UK)
  3. Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig (Buy at Amazon UK)
  4. Everything happens for a reason and other lies I’ve loved by Kate Bowler (Buy at Amazon UK)
  5. Life after death by Deepak Chopra (Buy at Amazon UK)
  6. How to win an argument by Cicero (Buy at Amazon UK)
  7. Rising strong by Brené Brown (Buy at Amazon UK)
  8. Daring greatly by Brené Brown (Buy at Amazon UK)
  9. Factfulness by Hans Rosling (Buy at Amazon UK)
  10. Mastery by Robert Greene (Buy at Amazon UK)
  11. Messengers by Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks (Buy at Amazon UK)
  12. Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (Buy at Amazon UK)
  13. Confessions of a sociopath by M.E. Thomas (Buy at Amazon UK)
  14. In cold blood by Truman Capote (Buy at Amazon UK)

2019 re-reads…

…if at any moment you find yourself wanting a change from a particular author, go back to the ones you have read before.

Seneca – Letter II

Daily reading and journals…

Books that have changed my life…

Read in 2019…

  1. The five dysfunctions of a team by Partick Lencioni (Buy at Amazon UK)
  2. Any human heart by William Boyd (Buy at Amazon UK)
  3. How to keep your cool by Seneca (Buy at Amazon UK)
  4. How to be a Friend by Cicero (Buy at Amazon UK)
  5. Make your bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (Buy at Amazon UK)
  6. Twas the nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay (Buy at Amazon UK)
  7. Stillness is the key by Ryan Holiday (Buy at Amazon UK)
  8. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Buy at Amazon UK)
  9. They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan – Revised Edition (Buy at Amazon UK)
  10. Atomic habits by James Clear (Buy at Amazon UK)
  11. Dare to lead by Brené Brown (Buy at Amazon UK)
  12. Notes on a nervous planet by Matt Haig (Buy from Amazon UK)
  13. How to think like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson (Buy at Amazon UK)
  14. The laws of human nature by Robert Greene (Buy at Amazon UK)
  15. Building a story brand by Donald Miller (Buy at Amazon UK)
  16. The war of art by Steven Pressfield (Buy at Amazon UK)
  17. The gates of fire by Steven Pressfield (Buy at Amazon UK)
  18. The road by Cormac McCarthy (Buy at Amazon UK)
  19. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert Pirsig (Buy at Amazon UK)
  20. Better by Atul Gawande (Buy at Amazon UK)
  21. The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett (Buy at Amazon UK)
  22. The checklist manifesto by Atul Gawande (Buy at Amazon UK)
  23. This is going to hurt by Adam Kay (Buy at Amazon UK)
  24. In praise of wasting time by Alan Lightman (Buy at Amazon UK)
  25. The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Buy at Amazon UK)
  26. The greatness guide by Robin Sharma (Buy at Amazon UK)
  27. Being mortal by Atul Gawande (Buy at Amazon UK)
  28. When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi (Buy at Amazon UK)
  29. Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (Buy at Amazon UK)
  30. The 5 love languages Gary Chapman (Buy at Amazon UK)
  31. The family board meeting by Jim Sheils (Buy at Amazon UK)
  32. The dip by Seth Godin (Buy at Amazon UK)
  33. Company of one by Paul Jarvis (Buy at Amazon UK)
  34. The coaching habit by Michael Bungay Stanier (Buy at Amazon UK)
  35. How to be free by Epictetus (Buy at Amazon UK)
  36. Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday (Buy at Amazon UK)
  37. The obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday (Buy at Amazon UK)
  38. The order of time by Carlo Rovelli (Buy at Amazon UK)