100+ Books of 2016

old-books-436498_1280Today is the final day of 2016. I set a goal for 100 books in 2015. After managing to get through those, I repeated the resolution for 2016. Two years 210 books and the better for it. Some great books, some unmoving and many in between. I’ve enjoyed a broad subject base from finance to classic fiction, some self-help and lots of business books. I’ve bolded those that stood out. If you’ve not challenged yourself to a seemingly difficult reading goal, give it a shot. You may be surprised by it. For 2017, I’ll read fewer books, but go more in depth on subject matter.

  1. The Intelligent Investor: Summary – Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen
  2. The Little Book of Behavioral Investing – James Montier
  3. Einstein – Walter Isaacson (offers really interesting insights into the life of a very unique and talented individual)
  4. Bogleheads Guide to Investing – Lindauer, Larimore and LeBoeuf
  5. The Little Book that Builds Wealth – Pat Dorsey
  6. Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
  7. Winning the Losers Game – Charles Ellis
  8. The Little Book of Value Investing – Christopher H Browne
  9. Start Something that Matters – Blake Mycoskie
  10. Enough – John Bogle (great insight into the mind and intent of the father of indexing)
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  12. The Little Book of Bull Moves In Bear Markets – Peter D Schiff
  13. The Little Book of Safe Money – Jason Zweig
  14. The Triumph of Value Investing – Janet Lowe
  15. The Warren Buffett Way – Robert Hagstrom Jr
  16. Bad Money – Kevin Phillips
  17. Bad Paper – Jake Halpern (opens up the world of debt collections)
  18. Trend Commandments – Michael Covel (understanding trend trading)
  19. Smarter – Dan Hurley (intelligence training)
  20. How To Really Ruin Your Financial Life – Ben Stein
  21. The Complete Turtle Trader – Michael Covel
  22. Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Peter F Drucker
  23. No More Dreaded Mondays – Dan Miller (career discovery)
  24. Killing Patton – Bill O’Reilly
  25. Do More Spend Less – Brad Wilson
  26. Killing Kennnedy – Bill O’Reilly
  27. Reset – Kurt Anderson (how financial crisis restores values)
  28. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael Sandel
  29. Killing Jesus – Bill O’Reilly
  30. Getting Naked – Patrick Lencioni (an open handed/transparent approach to consulting)
  31. Dear Investor, What the Hell Are You Doing – Ken Weber
  32. Stop Acting Rich – Thomas J Stanley
  33. The New Frugality – Chris Farrell
  34. Suze Orman’s Action Plan 2009 – Suze Orman
  35. The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read – Daniel Solin (note: it wasn’t the smartest money book I ever read)
  36. How Come That Idiot’s Rick and I’m Not – Robert Shemin (don’t read this book. It’s awful)
  37. Millionaire By 30 – Douglas Andrew (also an awful book – I just wanted to see what some people were writing about money…yikes)
  38. Early Retirement Extreme – Jacob Lund Fisker (super frugal living…maximizing your dollar, but it’s extreme)
  39. Easy Learning Italian 1 – Clelia Boscolo (prep for our summer trip to Italy)
  40. Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Startup Bubble – Dan Lyons (fun intro to the tech startup world)
  41. Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  42. Playing for Pizza – John Grisham (a fun fiction combing sports and Italy..good combo)
  43. The Associate – John Grisham
  44. Easy Learning Italian 2 – Clelia Boscolo
  45. Bleachers – John Grisham
  46. The Racketeer – John Grisham (good financial crimes novel. A nice break from my non-fiction bias)
  47. Bourne Betrayal – Eric VanLustbader
  48. Dr. Jekyl and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevensen (one of my favorite all time authors, but didn’t love this book)
  49. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  50. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  51. Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit – Steven Pressfield
  52. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  53. The Creaetion – Edward Wilson (starts a strong conversation, but tails off toward the end of the book)
  54. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift (a fun classical fiction)
  55. How the Mighty Fall – Jim Collins (adds perspective to how long the mighty persist and what causes some to succeed where others fail)
  56. A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman (a great journey into a renowned producer’s career and perspective)
  57. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  58. Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  59. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  60. Do Over – Jon Acuff
  61. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni (hopefully you’ve already read this in your career. If not, do so)
  62. Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson
  63. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  64. Three Signs of a Miserable Job – Patrick Lencioni
  65. Strong and Weak – Andy Crouch
  66. How We Learn – Benedict Carey
  67. Very Good Lives – JK Rowling
  68. Failed It: How to Turn Mistakes into Ideas – Erik Kessels
  69. Focus – Daniel Goleman
  70. Up, Down, or Sideways – Mark Sanborn
  71. The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
  72. Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl (a must read if you care to ponder purpose and perspective of life. Phenomenal!!)
  73. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods – Hank Haney (a very intriguing book with an up close perspective of Tiger Woods)
  74. It’s Not About You – Bob Burg
  75. The Island of Dr Moreau – HG Wells
  76. The Bed of Procrustes – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (each phrase will make you slow down and think. I will re-read this one)
  77. The Truth About Leadership – James M Kouzes and Barry Z Posner (decent leadership book. A bit dry, but a fairly easy read)
  78. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien (excellent collection of short stories of the Vietnam War)
  79. A Force for Good: The Dali Lama’s Vision for Our World – Daniel Goleman (I’m a fan of Daniel Goleman and found this book intriguing)
  80. Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes – G Shawn Hunter
  81. Transparency – Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O’Toole
  82. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell – not the biggest fan of John Maxwell. There are much better leadership books out there that carry more substance. But, if you’re looking for an easy read with some basic leadership elements, why not?
  83. Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work – Whitney L Johnson
  84. The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz – insight into the world of tech industries. A bit rough around the edges, but will give you a clue to the tech entrepreneurship culture
  85. The Big Short – Michael Lewis – I lived the 2008 market crash in the world of homebuilding, so this book was interesting (as was the movie) as I experienced much of what was represented in this book.
  86. Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – Spencer Johnson – this one has been around for a while. Very basic fable that gives some insight into the change process. Stronger books have been written, but aren’t as quick of a read. See Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath or Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith for more on change.
  87. Executive Coaching for Results: The Definitive Guide to Developing Organizational Leaders – Brian O Underhill
  88. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business – Patrick Lencioni The highlights of many of Lencioni’s main messages from his other books packed into one. You miss out on his good stories/fables as in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, but you get a picture of all the models. A good read.
  89. Do More Great Work: stop the busywork. Start the work that matters – Michael Bungay Stanier – a good read. I’ll read most anything recommended by Seth Godin. The quotes at the start of each chapter are some of the best parts of the book.
  90. Inferno – Dan Brown – Saw the movie this fall after spending time in Florence, Italy. Read this one on the way back for our month long stay in Florence. It added a lot to the book having been to the city.
  91. Coaching Questions: Powerful and Effective Coaching Questions to Kickstart Personal Growth and Success Now – I. Madison
  92. Create or Hate: Successful People Make Things – Dan Norris
  93. The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, characteristic, and habits of elite entrepreneurs. Kevin D Johnson
  94. Don’t sweat the small stuff – Richard Carlson – A classic. Worth reading.
  95. The Four Seasons of Marriage -Gary Chapman
  96. Tribal Leadership – Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright – very good book. If you lead a team or organization this book offers great insight into moving people forward.
  97. A Briefer History of Time – Stephen Hawking with Leonard Mlodinow – Mind bender. My mind isn’t made for theoretical physics. A good challenge and offered a few things I can retain.
  98. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcom Gladwell – Great insight into how small can beat large. Offers great motivation to the startup or growing firm and challenges the established to rethink how to move forward.
  99. Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference – Malcom Gladwell. Another Gladwell classic.
  100. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Steven Johnson — cool book suggesting that openness breeds innovation. Stacked platforms. Open platforms. Mixing genres and industries to learn from one another. Generative platforms. Good ideas are often developed atop of other good ideas.  See Steal Like and Artist – Austin Kleon
  101. Outthink: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes – G Shawn Hunter
  102. Calico Joe – John Grisham
  103. Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard – Chip Heath and Dan Heath (reread from 2015), but like the change models presented. The Heaths really lay out how people change.
  104. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity – Hugh MacLeod (reread from 2015)
  105. Rework – Jason Fried and David Heinmeir Hansson (reread from 2015) – So much in this book. What I took away was the challenge to outteach competitors. Show how you do what you do. Transparency can make all the difference!
  106. The Grand Design – Stephen Hawking with Leonard Mlodinow – a bit of an overwhelming intro into theoretical physics. And I think it’s probably one of the easier reads out there. I’ll have to read it again at some point to understand a bit more of it. But, a good challenging read outside of my norm.
  107. Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be- Marshall Goldsmith – Very good book on managing behavior change for yourself or helping guide others through the process.

    That’s the list for 2016. A great bunch of reads. More info in my mind. My world changed a bit. I was able to read many of these while traveling around the world. This year we covered New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Rome, Florence, Paris, Venice, St. Thomas and several smaller placed around the States. An excellent year for reading, travels and generally broadening our minds.

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