With 2019 I challenged myself to read one-book-per-week for the entire year. I failed miserably however, of the books I did read, I discovered amazing reads.
A few days ago I listed my top three (then four) reads of the year on social media only to be asked by a colleague to list “every book I could think of” that I would recommend. Imagine that?! Should I recommend classics? Scholarly? Self-Improvement? Hmm… I stepped back and really gave it some thought. He, another finance guy like myself, walked the line of scholarly while not interested in solely academic books. I decided, as there are simply too many books to list, to isolate the list to those books I read this year only, followed by a few honorable mentions.
Perhaps I’ll continue this tradition next year and list my favorites of 2020. One thing is for certain, I will reduce the number of projected books to read to something a bit more manageable! As an aside, early in 2019, a Las Vegas gaming consultant recommended a few books to me only to discover he never actually read the books he recommended! He was simply citing articles and things he read online! Seriously??? Every book I list here I’ve actually read, I find valuable and think you will as well.
Now that you have the backstory, below (in no particular order) is Mr. Glitterati’s Recommended Reads for 2019:
The 4- Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later by Allen C. Guelzo (not a book, super short, and a great read)
The Art of War by Sun Tzu (I read this about once a year, LOL)
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Rich by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D., William D. Danko Ph.D. (I’ve read this one three times. I re-read it after recommending it to my girlfriend)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Don’t confuse this one with Sarah Knight’s book)
Honorable mentions from previous years:
The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William D. Cohan
Don’t forget my book! I re-read it again this year too! The Hood Survival Guide: Make It Out Alive by Ron Jones