Why I read 31 books in 2011

Reading in BedExactly one year ago today, I read Arik Hanson’s blog post on the 26 books that he planned to read over the course of the year. It inspired me to give it a whirl and see if I could read that many. When the dust and grime from the books settled, wound up reading 31 over the course of the year. You might ask yourself why anyone would devote their time to finishing a book and start a new one every two weeks and it is a perfectly good question. For me, it was a number of things starting with the fact that I just like to read and as a former English major reading that much did not seem too daunting. Reading 31 books helped me think more clearly and get to sleep that much easier as I wasn’t distracted looking at every blog post, Facebook status or Tweet while killing brain cells staring at the TV. Heading into 2012, I am hoping to read 35 books and hope that you’ll challenge yourself to read more than you normally would. I also welcome any suggestions for books that you think I should read this year as well in the comments below.

Below is my list of fiction, non-fiction and business books that I read in 2011 along with reviews that I did on many of them. Each book is also linked with an Amazon affiliate link that will save you some coin if you decide to pick up a copy while earning me a few cents towards some cold refreshing adult sodas.

2011 Reading List

Business Books



Happy reading and be sure to offer some books that you think I should peep out below.

Image – Artotem

14 Responses to Why I read 31 books in 2011
  1. elbalucas
    January 3, 2012 | 11:17 am

    @jeffespo Be your own boss. Make your own hours. Make 4k a month in as little as 3 months time. mymoneyjournalsite .com

  2. emilyreads
    January 3, 2012 | 11:20 am

    @jeffespo I read 146. BOW BEFORE MY GREATNESS. 🙂 (You get extra points for the Potters, though.) #reading

  3. John_Trader1
    January 3, 2012 | 11:20 am

    Jeff, if you had to pick three of the Business books that you read in 2011 that you felt were the best, what would they be? Happy 2012 to you.

  4. paulbarron
    January 4, 2012 | 8:19 am

    @danperezfilms that’s allot of reading! Happy new year buddy

  5. jeffespo
    January 4, 2012 | 8:45 am

    @John_Trader1 Depends on what you are looking to get out of it. If you are looking for two awesome books on social, read Oliver’s Social Media ROI and Geoff’s 5th Estate (both have a permanent spot on my desk). Killing Giants and Super Mario were pure business hooks and ways to win. For a perspective changer peep out Evil Plans. So I know that is more than two but I tried to frame it for you pal. Let me know what you are looking for and can guide you in a better direction bud 🙂

  6. John_Trader1
    January 4, 2012 | 9:00 am

    @jeffespo Thanks for the feedback Jeff. I was looking for your opinion on impactful social books so you answered my question. I hadn’t heard of Super Mario or Evil Plans but they sound interesting and will try and squeeze them in for the first quarter of 2012. You did a great job of framing without me even asking!

  7. jeffespo
    January 4, 2012 | 9:05 am

    @John_Trader1 No worries, in the case that you are looking for Geoff and Oliver are the two to read hands down best two I have read from a bigger level and they don’t rely on fluff and old info and offer real-tangible things you can do to improve.

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  9. jeffespo
    February 3, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    @jamienotter I must say that yours was one of the better ones sir

  10. jamienotter
    February 3, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    @jeffespo Too kind! Thanks again for your review.

  11. ExtremelyAvg
    February 3, 2012 | 11:08 pm

    That is an excellent list. I didn’t read as many, but I did make my way through 13 Elmore Leonard novels. He sure knows how to write dialogue. I did write 3 books in the last year, however, so that counts for something…I hope.

  12. jeffespo
    February 3, 2012 | 11:34 pm

    @ExtremelyAvg thanks mate. 3 books? What are they on?

  13. ExtremelyAvg
    February 4, 2012 | 4:48 am

    @jeffespo I’ve finished the 2nd and 3rd installments in the Henry Wood Detective series and just completed a non-fiction book about the 1986-87 Iowa Hawkeye Men’s basketball team. We launch in about 9 hours at the Iowa vs. Penn State game. I’m too excited to sleep.

  14. jeffespo
    February 5, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    @ExtremelyAvg Awesome sir 🙂

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