Halfway Through My 2015 Reading Goal

At the beginning of the year, I had the crazy idea of reading a book a week, after reading Will Gibbons Linking post about his goal to read a book a week. I quickly found out in my goal, about the same time my wife had our second child, that this goal wasn’t going to be realistic. That’s why changed my goal from a book a week to a book every two weeks. That still a lot of reading for someone with two kids and a full time job but I’ve been able to keep up by listening to audiobooks on my walk to and from work.

It’s been going well. I’m reading a lot and then writing about those books here. You can see the books I’m currently reading and have read for not only 2015 but also last year on my Reading page which is always at the top of my blog. I hope to start linking each book I’ve read to it’s accompanying blog post.

Looking back at the list I was hoping to read was pretty high minded. There was a lot of classic literature which I still hope to read eventually. I don’t think I’ll get to it this year. This year has really turned into the year of hustle. I’ve been mainly consumed with three things: my family, my job, and the hustle.

This is why many of the books on my read list are dealing with business or self improvement. The questions I’ve been asking myself are how can I continue growing my career, my brand, and what does that future look like.

What’s my favorite book I’ve read in 2015?

I haven’t read much fiction this year but I did read Cormac McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses. The books is great and made me jealous of his writing style. The guy was bleeding on the page. On the back cover there is a great line that explains the book perfectly and immediately pulled me in.

As far as business books, Accidental Genuis by Will Levy has been my favorite mainly because it completely reaffirmed my writing process and that I’m on the right path towards improving my writing. The book offers a number of great tips for improving your career and writing. For me, it was the perfect book to read during my year long goal of publishing a blog post a day.

What’s in store for the rest of the year?

I’ll continue on with this goal and finish 24 books by the end of the year. I’d like to get a few more classic fiction books read and I’m planning to read a few at the beach. Though I think the rest of the year will focus on building my brand, career, and trail and finding books that help further this goals.

What are the next books on my To Read list?

  1. ‘Go It Alone’ by Bruce Judson
  2. ‘Escape From Cubicle Nation’ by Pamela Slim (Read this book a few years ago but I wasn’t ready for it.  I feel like I’m ready now and it deserves another reading.)
  3. ‘The Goal: A Process Of Ongoing Improvement’ by Eliyahu Goldratt (Supposively, this is the book Jeff Bezos used to give each of his employees at Amazon.)

Next Audiobook:

The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy.

Now I need to get some reading done.