Reading is such an essential part of life, to think of it, there are only advantages to it.
(I’ve done a blog post on ‘The Power of Reading’ – you can check it out here)
More importantly, reading the right books, especially the ones which bring more value to you or rather the ones which improve you are the key.
2019 has been such a year when I really got into the reading mode; for the first six months of the year, I didn’t choose the right books at the time and ended up reading nothing. In June 2019, I started the #DailyReadingChallenge which helped me push myself to read, of course, picking the right ones this time, and ended up reading 14 books this year.
I wanted to highlight all 14 of those in this post, since the year is ending – I must say, I carefully chose every book of mine and it’s been a great learning year. Hope these titles help you out too.
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1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
The first read of the year, and quite an insightful one. (Unfortunately, didn’t write a review on this one)
Synopsis – “Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything I’ve learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX.”
2. The Secret by Rhonda Bryne
Re-read this one after years, this time with an understanding of what the author wants to convey.
Synopsis – The Secret is a best-selling 2006 self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, based on the earlier film of the same name. It is based on the belief of the law of attraction, which claims that thoughts can change a person’s life directly.
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/10/03/the-secret-by-rhonda-bryne-review/
3. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The ‘Why’ is never a question that we ask ourselves.
Synopsis – START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/07/17/start-with-why-by-simon-sinek/
4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Synopsis – A guide for teenagers encourages the development of responsible money skills, providing case examples, sidebars, and attitude recommendations that demonstrate how to achieve security in today’s challenging job market.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Sometimes stories can speak volumes.
Synopsis – This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/07/26/the-alchemist-by-paulo-coelho-review/
6. This is Marketing by Seth Godin
Quite an eye-opener
Synopsis – This is Marketing shows you how to do work you’re proud of, whether you’re a tech startup founder, a small business owner, or an executive at a large corporation.
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/08/08/this-is-marketing-by-seth-godin-review/
7. Who will Cry when you Die? by Robin Sharma
Synopsis – Live your life such a way that when you die the world cries and you rejoice”. This is the crux of the book written by the author of the bestseller ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ who tells one how to lead a prosperous life in a simple, direct and easy-to-read way.
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/12/28/who-will-cry-when-you-die-by-robin-sharma-review/
8. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
How is this not taught in our childhood itself?
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/09/04/think-and-grow-rich-by-napoleon-hill-review/
Synopsis – Think and Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 and promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. He claimed to be inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
9. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
A MARKETING DEEP-DIVE FROM THE MARKETING GENIUS HIMSELF
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/09/18/jab-jab-jab-right-hook-by-gary-vaynerchuk-book-review/
Synopsis – Gary Vaynerchuk’s book will help you rethink how you market and sell to your customers. He explains how you have to constantly give value to others before asking them to buy your products and services.
10. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
If this isn’t inspiration, then what is!
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/10/11/shoe-dog-by-phil-knight-review/
Synopsis – Shoe Dog is a memoir by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The memoir chronicles the history of Nike from its early struggles to its evolution into one of the world’s most recognized and profitable companies.
11. The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/11/18/the-hard-thing-about-hard-things-by-ben-horowitz-review/
Synopsis – Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular Ben’s blog.
12. The Latte Factor by David Bach (and John David Mann)
Financial Basics 101.
Read my review here – https://rth24.com/2019/11/25/the-latte-factor-by-david-bach-review/
Synopsis – The Latte Factor is an easy to read story which teaches you how small amounts of money saved over time can change your life. Despite what some people think, the book does not say you must stop buying lattes. Instead, it teaches you ways you can fulfill your current dreams while also saving for your future.
13. Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
Synopsis – The authors define Ikigai and the rules of Ikigai; they conducted a total of one hundred interviews in Ogimi, Okinawa to try to understand the longevity secrets of centenarians and supercentenarians.
14. Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
Synopsis – An easy-to-read perpetual calendar format designed to make each one of your days genius-level.
Covering essential topics such as exponential success, overcoming adversity and disappointment, building remarkable relationships and elevating your impact on the world, this valuable book is certain to become a lifelong companion on your pathway toward becoming an extraordinary human being—and leading a life that you will be proud of at the end.
Every book was an inspirational read, something to learn from, something to apply and execute – you can pick up any of these titles and surely enjoy them, that’s a guarantee.
Start Reading – make it your 2020 motto!