I’ve struggled to consistently read books ever since I was a kid. I bet you feel the same way.
I know you feel the same way because it’s so easy to let other things get in the way.
However, when I read a good book, I love every minute of it. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why I can’t make reading a habit.
I’ll take a guess and say you’ve had this same feeling. I’m right there with you.
We don’t keep good books laying around. It’s that easy.
How do you build a reading habit?
Take a look around where you’re currently sitting. Then take a look around your house. Do you see any good books laying around?
The answer is no. I know the answer is no because I’m in the same place right now. There aren’t any great books laying around waiting to be read.
I have two bookshelves nearby, filled with books I’ve already read; but new books tend to fascinate me the most.
And it’s pathetic. If you love to read and you have no good books around your house, it’s sad. It makes me sad just thinking about it. But it’s a problem we can solve.
I’m not trying to make you depressed. Remember we’re in the same boat together? Both of us like to read yet we haven’t made it a habit to consistently read great books.
What can we do to read more?
Here’s how I think we can solve this problem.
You and I should surround ourselves with books. I’m not talking about buying 30 books on Amazon today. Instead, we should make it a goal to read 12 books in 2017.
That’s only one book per month and it’s not hard unless you’re reading 50 Shades of Grey.
To get there, you don’t need to buy 12 books. Instead, you and I can make a trip to the library once a month.
By visiting the library, we can associate to books by proximity. The opportunity to read will lie around every corner and we’ll be near great books every single month.
If you hate the library or don’t have a good one near you, use Amazon. Books are a great investment to the future. When you’re done, you can always loan them to friends or family. Share the knowledge.
There’s not an ounce of my body that feels bad when I’m spending money on books. I always view books as an investment in my education and education is something I value. And I bet you value it too.
Finally, you and I need a road map. What books will we read in 2017?
It depends. What types of books do you like?
If you’re reading this blog, you might find interest in the 12 books I’ve listed below. Check them out and let me know what you think.
by Malcolm Gladwell
There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. – Gladwell.com
2. The Millionaire Next Door
by Thomas J. Stanley
The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. – Thomas J. Stanley.com
3. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
by Philip E. Tetlock
The material in Superforecasting is new, and includes a compendium of best practices for prediction… The accuracy that ordinary people regularly attained through their meticulous application did amaze me… [It offers] us all an opportunity to understand and react more intelligently to the confusing world around us.
—New York Times Book Review
4. The Road to Character
by David Brooks
THE ROAD TO CHARACTER examines the lives of some of history’s greatest thinkers and leaders. Each example that he provides illustrates different ways in which one can get on the path towards achieving great character. – Website
5. The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
by John Seabrook
Over the last two decades a new type of song has emerged. Today’s hits bristle with “hooks,” musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain’s delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly engineered experiences designed for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. – Amazon.com
6. The Rent is Too Damn High
by Matthew Yglesias
From prominent political thinker and widely followed Slate columnist, a polemic on high rents and housing costs—and how these costs are hollowing out communities, thwarting economic development, and rendering personal success and fulfillment increasingly difficult to achieve. – Amazon.com
7. The Little Book that Beats the Market
by Joel Greenblatt
In a straightforward and accessible style, the book explores the basic principles of successful stock market investing and then reveals the author’s time-tested formula that makes buying above-average companies at below-average prices automatic. Though the formula has been extensively tested and is a breakthrough in the academic and professional world, Greenblatt explains it using sixth-grade math, plain language, and humor.
8. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas-businessmen, educators, politicians, journalists, and others—struggle to make their ideas “stick.” – heathbrothers.com
9. Data Science for Business
by Foster Provost & Tom Fawcett
Written by renowned data science experts Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett, Data Science for Business introduces the fundamental principles of data science, and walks you through the “data-analytic thinking” necessary for extracting useful knowledge and business value from the data you collect. – oreilly.com
10. Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. – macmillan.com
11. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary Keller
Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan demonstrate that the results you get are directly influenced by the way you work and the choices you make. You’ll learn how to identify the lies that block your success and the thieves that steal time from your day. By focusing on your ONE Thing, you can accomplish more by doing less. What’s your ONE Thing? – the1thing.com
12. The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference
by Linda Kaplan Thaler
Our smallest actions and gestures often have outsized impact on our biggest goals, say Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Did you double-check that presentation one last time, or hold the elevator for a stranger? Going that extra inch – whether with a client, customer, family member, or friend – speaks volumes to others about our talent, personality, and motivations. After all, if we can’t take care of the small details, how can we be counted on to deliver when it really matters? – Amazon.com
I guarantee I missed a few great books and I want to know what you think. What books did I miss? Please tell me about them so I can add them to my reading list for 2017 or 2018.