Our library tracks our reading history. With a week and a half to go in 2014, I’ve put down 80 library books and another 4 books I’ve purchased on kindle or were given to me as review copies. I will admit that I cheated a little, and probably 1/3 of the books were audiobooks since I was on the road a fair bit for work this yar. Most were non-fiction, with occasional fiction to cleanse the pallet and have a little lightness in my reading. Books have been primarily in the areas that I talk about here: parenting, motivation, positive thinking, marriage, personal finances, health and wellness, and writing. Some were short, some were long. Some were good, some not so much. They helped to clarify some of my thinking, or expand my knowledge some, or provide a different perspective, or bolster existing view points.
By contrast, my wife spent the year cranking through all sorts of shows on Netflix. It was not so much annoying, but head shaking, seeing her walking around the house with her iPad watching the multiple seasons of the Gilmore Girls, or some teen vampire show, or some shit that melts your brain. She works hard and for her unwinding on guilty pleasures on the tele is the way to go. I like learning and think it provides a more well rounded outlook on life if done right, and can help calm your mind, remain positive, and create positive situations for yourself and your loved ones.
Here are some of that I liked this year, again, I found these all at my local library:
- Parenting With Love And Logic
- Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance – Tony Dungy
- Dad Is Fat – Jim Gaffigan
- On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction – William Zinsser
- The Chicago Manual of Style
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
- Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic – Mike Dooley
- The Four Purposes of Life – Dan Millman
- The Success Principles – Jack Canfield (chicken soup for your soul guy)
- The Art of Happiness (with the Dalai Lama)
- Choose Yourself! – James Altucher
Relationships (surprised I didn’t read much in this are this year)
- Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love – Dr. Helen Fisher