What I'm Reading

I haven't always been a reader. 

A good year was starting a half dozen books and finishing two or three. I liked the idea of reading, but I wasn't committed to becoming a reader... Until I heard this crazy statistic: on average, top CEOs read at least sixty books a year.

Though some perceive CEOs in a negative way, I have always been enamored with their ability to lead large organizations, bring innovative products to market, and reshape how we live our lives.

While I believe there are many qualities that bring CEOs success, one is undeniable: they are constantly stretching their capacity through a massive reading intake.

That’s why I decided that 2017 would be different - I would read like a top CEO.

While I didn't hit the magic number of sixty books in 2017, I read some really long ones. Three of them were more than 1,000 pages!

As I've heard my good friend, Roger Smithson, quote Charlie "Tremendous" Jones many times, "You are exactly the same person that you will five years from now except for the people you meet and the books you read."

82 Books Completed
28,976 Pages Read
  1. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane (2012)
  2. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone (2011)*
  3. Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley (2012)*
  4. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1840)
  5. Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines (2017)
  6. Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (1935)
  7. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley & Lane Jones (2006)
  8. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley & Lane Jones (2006)*
  9. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley & Lane Jones (2006)*
  10. Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell (2018)
  11. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (1513)
  12. Whisper by Mark Batterson (2017)
  13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (2011)
  14. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (2013)
  15. A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen (2007)
  16. Fearless by Eric Blehm (2013)
  17. Make Your Bed by William McRaven (2017)
  18. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins (2017)
  19. The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner (2016)
  20. Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind (2015)
  21. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (2016)
  22. Three Days in Moscow by Bret Baier (2018)
  23. Three Days in January by Bret Baier (2017)
  24. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (2014)
  25. Greater by Steven Furtick (2012)
  26. Nudge by Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein (2009)
  27. Churchill’s Trial by Larry Arn (2012)
  28. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell (2012)
  29. Multipliers by Greg McKeown & Liz Wiseman (2010)
  30. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen (2005)*
  31. Multipliers by Greg McKeown & Liz Wiseman (2010)*
  32. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell (2012)*
  33. Living by the Book by William Hendricks & Howard Hendricks (2007)
  34. How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren (1940)
  35. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk (2018)
  36. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey (2011)*
  37. How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer (2005)
  38. Dealing with the Elephant in the Room by Mike Bechtle (2017)
  39. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk (2018)*
  40. Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute (2002)
  41. The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth (2011)

    * denotes a re-read (because some books are so good you need to read them again)