Reading is fundamental

Over the past two years I participated in a challenge that I heard about on my friend Arik Hanson’s blog to read a set number of books. In each of the pastMarketing in the round two years I met my goal of surpassing 30 books in the calendar year which helped keep my mind’s creative juices flowing.

This year, I have decided to take a step back and lower my number to 20 books with the hope to read something  that either brings me into more of an imagination plane of thought or to take me outside of my comfort zone. The exceptions will be some books on parenting my youngin or peeping out friends books that are coming out this year.

I challenge you to think about turning off the tube for a bit and reading more in 2013.

Below is the list of books I read in 2012 (hyperlinked books have reviews):

  1. The Flinch
  2. Home Buying Everything You Must Know
  3. The Social Media Strategist
  4. No Bullshit Social Media
  5. The Pursuit of Happyness
  6. How to Sell Your House for More Money
  7. Out of Oz
  8. The Science of Social
  9. The end of Business as Usual
  10. Social TV
  11. Sea of Monsters
  12. The Titan’s Curse
  13. The Count of Monte Cristo
  14. The Storytelling Animal
  15. Marketing in the Round
  16. Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear
  17. The Hunger Games
  18. Moonwalking with Einstein
  19. The Hobbit
  20. Catching Fire
  21. Mockingjay
  22. Honest Signals
  23. Brewing Better Beer
  24. LinkedIn for Business
  25. Optimize
  26. You Gotta Have Balls
  27. @YourService
  28. That Book About Harvard
  29. Fierce Loyalty
  30. Battle of the Labyrinth
  31. The Last Olympian
  32. Cloud Atlas
  33. Amazing Things Will Happen
  34. Muck City
  35. The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe
  36. Texts from Dog

I’d like to hear about books you’d recommend.


7 Responses to Reading is fundamental
  1. KDillabough
    February 20, 2013 | 8:10 am

    I love to read, and have taken up Kenna Griffin’s #100books challenge for 2013. A lofty goal, but hey!…no guts, no glory. I’m only on book #5, so I know the bar’s set high, but it’s good to have a goal, right? One of my most favourite books of all time is Einsten’s Dreams. Some others I’d suggest: Drive and To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink/ The Way of the Tiger by Lance Secretan/ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I first read in university and am now re-reading for probably the fourth time. I get something new out of it each time)/ I could go on and on, but these are a few faves. Cheers! Kaarina

  2. jeffespo
    February 20, 2013 | 8:30 am

    KDillabough Thanks for the suggestions! Both of Pink’s books are on my Amazon maybe I should purchase list and think I might. Now on to the 100 books… damn you crazy – are you giving up TV all together?

  3. KDillabough
    February 20, 2013 | 9:55 am

    jeffespo Don’t watch much TV…except NHL hockey and NLL lacrosse, of course! I’m a crazy-avid reader. First thing every morning and bedtime are sacrosanct reading times for me.
    I also highly recommend “Einstein’s Dreams”, mentioned above, by physicist Alan Lightman. It’s a small novel that can be read in one sitting – 30 fables that “probe the essence of time, the adventure of creativity and the glory of possibility”…simply brilliant. Cheers! Kaarina

  4. jeffespo
    February 20, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    KDillabough I will add to the wish list my friend 🙂

  5. Shrinky91
    February 20, 2013 | 11:45 pm

    @Beverly_Davis What?

  6. jeffespo
    February 21, 2013 | 10:25 pm

    @KOttavio I will slap you

  7. KOttavio
    February 21, 2013 | 10:25 pm

    @jeffespo Can I add the Bell Jar and Feminine Mystique to your list? 😛

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