You can quote me on this: Those who do not read are idiots.
In kinder words: Continual self-education is vital for lifetime success.
While I read many articles and posts online, the best reading is books. Because books are designed to have legs to go the distance, they are more permanent, and often summarize the author’s entire life experience of a subject into a few hundred pages.
I have devoted my life to reading non-fiction books of all subjects. And I love talking to others about the book once I’ve read it.
The Books I’ve Recently Read
Over the past decade I’ve read a ton of business, technical, self-improvement, science, history, political, and economics related books.
But for the sake of the below list, I’m going to start the list fresh with only books I’ve read since the launch of CouchSurfingCEO (July 28th, 2011)
So here’s my list (in order of read date):
- Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
- Making Ideas Happen (audiobook) by Scott Belsky
- Simple-ology by Mark Joyner
- Linchpin (audiobook) by Seth Godin
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Marco Polo Didn’t Go There by Rolf Potts
- The Lean Startup (audiobook) by Eric Reis
- Resonate by Nancy Duarte
- Lonely Planet Travel Writing by Don George
- The Art of Non-Conformity (audiobook) by Chris Guillebeau
- Kitchen Confidential (kindle) by Anthony Bourdain
- That Used To Be Us (kindle) by Thomas Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum
- The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
- Poke the Box (audiobook) by Seth Godin
- Steve Jobs (audiobook) by Walter Isaacson - the most inspiring book I’ve ever read
- Betterness (kindle) by Umair Haque
- I Was Blind But Now I See (kindle) by James Altucher
- The Flinch (kindle) by Julien Smith
- Reading… It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences (kindle) by June Casagrande
- Reading… The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch
- Upcoming… Back to Work by Bill Clinton
- Upcoming… Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis