Reading is key to staying ahead of the curve as a leader. With reading, you’re able to stay up to date on the latest trends, discover old classics, and find enjoyment.
I’ve found all of that and more as I’ve expanded my reading library. There’s been must-read fiction books that I’ve devoured. And business books that have given me new insights.
With the new year just kicking into gear, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my list of books you should add to your reading list this year.
Remember, with just a little effort every day, you can fly through books. Reading as little as 10 pages a day (Approximately 10 minutes), you can finish an average 200 page book in 20 days. That means you can finish all twelve of these recommended books by the end of the year.
1. 20,000 Days And Counting by Robert D. Smith – I finished this book near the end of 2013 and was blown away by the insights Robert D. Smith offered. After reading this book, you’ll begin counting your days.
2. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk – The de-facto book on social media. So many books only skim the surface. Gary takes you deep into the world of social media with Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.
4. Secrets To Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis – Secrets To Dynamic Communication is a great primer for those looking to communicate better and enter into the public speaking arena. Ken Davis has the experience and know-how and that’s what he shares with you in this informative book.
5. Love Does by Bob Goff – Are you ready to live a life full of escapades and capers? If so, grab Love Does. Bob shares his life story and how he lives an exciting life that brings change to others.
6. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – Did you know Dave Ramsey isn’t just a money guy? He really knows his leadership as well. EntreLeadership proves it as he shares his years of leadership experience building his company from the ground up. Learn what to do (and not to do) by reading this book!
7. Good To Great by Jim Collins – The recent classic business book is a must read for anyone looking to grow their organization. Jim Collins studied the habits of many successful companies and shares the secrets to their success.
8. Who Moved My Cheese By Spencer Johnson – I loved this modern day fable. Spencer shows why we must be willing to adapt or be left behind.
9. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay – Yes, that’s right. It’s not a business book but a fiction book that I’m recommending. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is about Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst who also takes out the bad guys at night. A fascinating read but not for the faint of heart.
10. Moneyball by Michael Lewis – This isn’t your traditional business book but there are many valuable business lessons you can pick out from Moneyball. You may also want to check out the movie starring Brad Pitt (Not Tom Cruise as I mistakenly mentioned before).
Thanks to 2 keen eyed readers, I learned I’d left off 2 books from the reading list. Interesting it was 2 readers and 2 books. Is that a sign? Anyways, here’s the final 2 books I think you should add to your reading list.
11. YOUtility by Jay Baer – Want to draw customers to your business and make them really like you? This is the business book for you. Jay explains what businesses are doing to get noticed and how you can apply these tactics to your business.
12. Untitled: Thoughts On The Creative Process by Blaine Hogan – In Untitled, Blaine Hogan offers up advice on how to fill the blank pages and exposes the nuances of the creative process.
There’s my list for the year. It’s one book per month if you want to take it slow. Or you can plow through the list and finish them sooner. The choice is up to you.
Question: What book would you recommend reading this year? Please share your recommendation in the comment section below and help out your fellow readers.