Reading List

Growing up, I hated reading. I didn’t hate reading books; I hated reading textbooks.

I would get fiction from the library and read late at night, hiding under the blanket with a flashlight. I read anything I could get my hands on. Even my sisters Sweet Valley High, Mills & Boons & SVU series books.

Usually, I would run through a book in a few days. The only books that I would not finish were my course books. My grades through high school vouch for that.

Here’s the fun thing, though, because I read a lot, I developed the habit of reading a lot. This didn’t help me in my grades in high school but gave me a significant advantage over my peers in life.

I could read email, documents, and office newsletters faster than my colleagues. Giving me a definite edge when talking to my boss. Most of the reading I did at work was boring. It still had to be done, and so I did it.

But by reading all the boring stuff at work, I realized that I had very little time to read other stuff. Which forced me to do one thing.

Read only the stuff that I liked. The rest of the things I just couldn’t read, since I didn’t have the time to read it.

So I developed a strategy for my reading. If I don’t get hooked on a book within the first 30 mins of reading, I stop reading the book. This means that I only read the books that I like, or that are very well written.

I don’t have to read everything, and I don’t have the pressure to know everything anyway.

So if something interests me I’ll read it. If it bores me, I’ll toss it away. That’s why I suggest you also do.

If it interests you – read it. If it doesn’t interest you – throw it out. There are much more books to read.

What Are Some Must-Read Books For This Year

Here’s a list of 10 books you should read regardless of whether you like them or not. If they bore you – think about translating them into stories that would interest you.

Think of these ten books as a mandatory reading list. Then you can develop on that.

1. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
2. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
3. Learned Optimism by Martin E. Seligman
4. The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
5. Abundance by Peter Diamandis
6. The Psychology of Success/Achievement by Brian Tracy
7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
8. Secrets of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ecker
9. Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
10. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Read everything by the authors mentioned in this answer.

Bonus:
1. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
3. In Search Of Excellence by Tom Peters

Now let’s look at a few books which you can read topically.

What Are Some Books You Should Read On Following Topics?

Philosophy
1. The Story Of Philosophy – Will Durant
2. The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
3. Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius
4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Personal Finance
1. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley
2. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
3. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
4. The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clayson
5. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Economics
1. Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
2. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt et al
3. Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
4. The Snowball by Alice Schroeder
5. The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

Politics
1. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
3. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
4. The Worlds Greatest Speeches by Lewis Copeland
5. All the biographies of famous historical people you can find

Health

1. The China Study by Thomas Campbell and Colin Campbell

2. Forks Over Knives by Alona Pulde M.D. and Matthew Lederman M.D.

3. Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman

4. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

5. 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris

Persuasion & Selling

1. Influence by Robert Cialdini

2. The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier

3. The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino

4. SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham

5. Co-Active Coaching by Henry Kimsey-House and Karen Kimsey-House

Working Without Effort

1. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

2. Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Read all the books that these authors have written. Then read the books that these authors have recommended or talked about in their books. You will get a better education than anything else you could ever imagine.

Read as much as you can. The more you do, the more you will realize what you like. You will discover your temperament.

Your Turn

Let me know in the comments below what’s your favourite book — and which book are you reading now?