Last year, I got a lot of questions about what I was reading, so for 2018, I decided to keep a running list of the books I’ve read and am currently reading. I remembered I started a Goodreads account a while back (2014?), so I dusted off my account and set a reminder to myself to update it on the first Monday of the month.
I prefer to read an entire book in one sitting, but if not, I carry it around with me until I do. I find myself reading SOMETHING whenever there’s a spare moment--waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for a meeting because I’m early...really...waiting for anything. Even if I only finish 10 or so pages, that’s 10 pages that I wouldn’t otherwise finish if I didn’t make the time. There’s a lot of waiting that happens during the week so consider 10 “waiting pages” per day x 5 days a week = 50 pages read just by maximizing wait time.
I’m starting off with six books this January. Here’s the books I chose and why I chose them.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
by Timothy Ferriss
This is a really great reference book to get an insiders’ look at exactly what the title says--the tactics, routines, and habits of high-performing people with purpose. Practical and informative. A great tool to inspire a few New Year’s goals.
Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
by Bill O'Reilly
Revolutionary America is one of my favorite periods of history to learn about. I’ve never read any of Bill O’Reilly’s books, so when this came out, I thought I would give it a go. I really respect him as a journalist and always look forward to hearing his perspective. Got this one on audiobook to listen in when I’m working on more “mindless” data-entry type tasks (that I should probably outsource, but a topic for another day).
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
by Mary Magdalene, Jean-Yves Leloup
There’s a new movie coming out on March 30 about Mary Magdalene. Over the past year I’ve been learning more about her--first through the “woo-woo” spirituality circles, and now through the text itself. I’m learning a lot of things and shifting my perspectives regarding Mary Magdalene that were “whispered down the lane” in a church setting.
How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s books are always a must-read for any personal development junkie. This book was a “gift” to myself after my jaw surgery. Diction and physically speaking has always been an insecurity of mine due to all my teeth, tongue and jaw problems. In 2017, I finally resolved my dental issues for once and for all and considered working with a speech therapist/speaking coach--but I want to see what results I can get from this book first.
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
by Eric H. Cline
I started this book years ago for a course and never finished, so I thought it would be good to put it back on the list. There have been many “dark ages” in history, and this was one I’ve never really studied. However, when I started the book again, I remembered why I stopped it--I thought there was going to be some “lessons learned” about governance that I could draw from it, but really--it was just a mix of a lot of things, and nothing that was really that interesting or life-changing for me. So I’m probably just going to take this off the list.
Blood Lines of the Illuminati
by Fritz Springmeyer
Ironically enough, Taco Bell now has an “Illuminati” commercial, which is interesting, but I’ll reserve for my news commentary on The Daily Precis :-). I was led to read this book because I was reading more about the Knights Templar, Mary Magdalene, The Holy Grail (and all that) and this topic came up again in this context. #staycurious
One of my goals for 2018 is to be much better about contributing in online communities, rather than just being a “lurker.” (And Lord knows, I’m SUCH a lurker...lol) so if you’re interested in my reading list and reviews, let’s connect on Goodreads and share book lists with each other!