My favorite thing to do for as long as I can remember is read. I have always enjoyed getting lost in other worlds with interesting characters, learning from the stories of incredible real-life heroes, or diving into a more prescriptive book to increase my business acumen. I enjoy reading so much that I majored in English in college just so I could spend four years with books!
Now, I’m a bit old school and prefer to read a physical book, rather than use an electronic reader (I need a break from screens!). Though, I will admit, I have finally adopted, and adapted to, audio books. It took me several years to get over my self-righteous approach to reading and finally get an Audible membership. Listening to books just didn’t feel “right.” But I’ve found a happy medium. Ninety percent of the books I listen to are for business or personal development. It’s the fastest way to absorb the most amount of information that I can then translate quickly into action (pro tip: set your Audible to at least 1.5X to go even faster). Reading for pleasure, though? I will always pick up a “real” book for that.
Since my 2019 growth plan includes a focus on finance and leadership, many of my books this year will trend towards those topics. But I still have a lot of great fiction to read too! In no particular order, here’s what’s on my 2019 reading list:
Leaders: Myth and Reality by Stanley McChrystal and Jeff Eggers
Winston Churchill by his Personal Secretary: Recollections of the Great Man by a Woman Who Worked for Him by Elizabeth Nel
Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean by Karen Berman and Joe Knight
Working on Yourself Doesn’t Work: 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life by Ariel & Shya Kane
Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten T. Hansen
The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice by Brendon Burchard
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell
The Women by T.C. Boyle
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
- The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple
- Harvard Business Review’s Guide to Finance Basics for Managers
- The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Finance for Non-Financial Managers
- The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board by Keith J. Cunningham
- The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
- The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
- The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
Now, my goal is to read at least 52 books this year, just as I did last year. This list comes up a bit short. However, I know there are going to be several bestselling, must-reads that are released throughout the year. Case in point, my favorite book of 2018 was only published in the 30 days. In addition, my fiction choices are usually more spontaneous, so I have to leave some room for picking up a few light beach reads while I’m on vacation. Hell, three new books (not on my list) arrived on my doorstep from Amazon just since starting this post!
Whether reading on the beach, listening on the drive to work, hosting a book club, or adding another book (that I may or may not ever read) to my collection, books are my passion. Whatever the reasons you have for picking up a book, do it more and do it often.
You can follow what I read throughout the year on Goodreads and start your own 2019 Reading Challenge. Please share your reading list in the comments. I am always looking for my next favorite book.