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)

My focus on 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 was 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. I’ve included my re-reading list for 2020.

Archive: 2019 |

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. Oh, and you can join me on Goodreads.

Currently reading…

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

Seneca – Letter II

Updated 29th December 2019

  1. Rising strong by Brené Brown

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Started reading but not finished…

  1. Perennial seller by Ryan Holiday
  2. The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene
  3. The untethered soul by Michael A. Singer
  4. Complications by Atul Gawande
  5. The guide to the good life by William B. Irvine
  6. The road to character by David Brooks
  7. Radical Candor (revised edition 2019) by Kim Scott
  8. The power of now by Ekhart Tolle
  9. Tides of war by Steven Pressfield

What’s next?

  1. The second mountain by David Brooks
  2. Everything happens for a reason and other lies I’ve loved by Kate Bowler
  3. Life after death by Deepak Chopra
  4. How to win an argument by Cicero
  5. Factfulness by Hans Rosling
  6. Mastery by Robert Greene
  7. Messengers by Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks
  8. Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
  9. Confessions of a sociopath by M.E. Thomas
  10. In cold blood by Truman Capote

2020 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
  • The war of art by Steven Pressfield
  • Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  • The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  • Stillness is the key by Ryan Holiday
  • Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl /r
  • Ten arguments for deleting your social media accounts right now by Jaron Lanier

Daily reading and journals…

  • The daily Stoic (Passages) by Ryan Holiday y
  • The daily Stoic journal (Prompts) By Ryan Holiday
  • The five minute journal
  • Live like a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
  • A calendar of wisdom by Leo Tolstoy
  • Discourses and selected writings by Epictetus

My favourite books…

Updated 29th December 2019

  1. When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi
  2. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
  3. Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  4. How to be a friend by Cicero
  5. How to grow old by Cicero
  6. The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  7. War of art by Steven Pressfield
  8. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  9. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  10. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
  11. Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday
  12. The obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday

Read in 2020…

  1. Daring greatly by Brené Brown
  2. How to think about God by Cicero
  3. Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl