Here are the books I read in 2016 and 2015. My goal is to average three books a month. I usually read a fiction book on the Kindle (or occasionally an actual book,) listen to a business book or biography on Audible while driving, and listen to an inspirational book on Audible while running (usually a sports-related one.)
- 11.22.63 by Stephen King (kindle).
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (kindle).
- The Elements of Style by E.B. White (kindle). Learning how to become a better writer.
- My Life Behind the Spiral by Steve Young (Audible). Listening to while running.
- Distraction Pieces by Scroobius Pip (actual book).
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Kindle) – reading this with my 12-year old.
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (Audible) – listened to most of this with my wife on our drive to the beach. Autobiography of Mindy Kaling.
- Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States (actual book) – reading this to my 12-year old. It’s hilarious, I’ve read it multiple times in the past.
In the Queue (these are books I’m going to read “next”… I’ve already bought them and loaded them on my Kindle.)
- The House at Seas End by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway Mysteries Book 3)
- The Chameleon by Merrick Rosenberg (paperback)
- Beach Music (Kindle) – My favorite author is Pat Conroy, with The Lords of Discipline being my favorite book of all time. When I tried to read Beach Music many years ago, it felt like Conroy was just reliving, and re-writing, the same old story. So I put it down and never picked it up. But its now been many years since I’ve read any of his books, so I’m looking forward to diving into this one finally.
- The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha (actual book).
- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (actual book, received as a gift from a friend).
Read in 2017: 11.5 (rankings are * to *****, with 5 being the best)
***** Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Audible). Freaking awesome, one of the best books I’ve read listened to in years.
** The Road to Sparta by Dean Karnazes (Audible). Only made it through about half, was kinda boring to me :(
**** Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (kindle). Terrific King book. Close to five stars for sure.
**** Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni (Audible). Another great Lencioni book. I really think any entrepreneur or CEO must read all of his books.
**** Beyond Entrepreneurship by James Collins and William Lazier (actual book). The first half of this book is phenomenal. One of my mentors recommended it and I can see why, it goes into the importance of culture and purpose, and explains how to construct those things for your business. Similar to my VTV platform. The first half of the book is 5 stars for sure. The second half went into things less interesting to me (though still important,) such as going public.
**** Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni (Audible). Another great Lencioni book!
**** Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama (Audible). After the election of #45, I decided one of the best things I could do was learn more about Barack. This book is essentially a deep dive into who he is and where he came from. It doesn’t even mention him becoming President, but rather focuses on his heritage and his search for answers. He also personally reads the book, which I loved.
***** The Stand by Stephen King (Kindle). My favorite King book to date. Long read for sure, but the characters are amazing and the book pulls you along at a fast, intense pace.
***** Running Man by Charlie Engle (Audible). Amazing story, easily one of the best books I’ve read in years. I would recommend listening to the audible version because Charlie reads it himself. You won’t believe this guy’s life, truly incredible.
***** The New New Thing by Michael Lewis (Audible). One of my favorite books, this was the second time reading it. Actually I listened to it this time around, and the guy that reads it is phenomenal.
**** Taking Flight! by Merrick Rosenberg (paperback). Solid fable-style business book.