Twenty-seven. I can’t believe I actually read (or listened to) 27 books this year. That’s easily more than I’d read the previous 15 years since graduating high school!
And you probably thought I was going to say that I quit working to become a semi-retired freelancing stay at home dad kind of guy.
The biggest change I made in 2016 was that I started reading again. Like, actual books with lots of pages and chapters and a storyline.
Some of you may be rolling your eyes thinking, “Wow, that’s your biggest change? Cool story, bro.”
Seriously, I think reading all these books highlighted the personal growth journey I’ve been on over the last year. Scanning through the list of everything I read below gives you a good idea where my head was at as the year went on.
With the exception of It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees, which I was given to review, every book was borrowed from the public library. If you haven’t been to the library in a while, it is an amazing place. I even started volunteering at the library on base as a way to give back.
Without going into too much detail, there were a few books that really stood out for me.
Tell My Sons and Tuesdays With Morrie – Both were written either by or about someone facing imminent death and provide honest and candid lessons on life.
Killing _____ – I love learning about history, but often feel my knowledge is lacking. This series gives unique insights into the deaths of a few of history’s most influential figures.
Skunk Works – This book definitely played to my nerdy engineer and Air Force officer side. What Lockheed was able to accomplish with the U-2, SR-71, and F-117, among others, is simply amazing.
I’m currently reading Killing Kennedy and plan to continue my reading habit into 2017 and beyond.
Here’s a complete list of everything I read starting from the beginning of the year until now. Have you read any good books lately?
Getting Unstuck by Pema Chödrön
Why Meditate? By Matthieu Ricard
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and Intelligence is Wrong by David Shenk
Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber
Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefit of Defying Logic by Dan Ariely
Tell My Sons: A Father’s Last Letters by Lt Col Mark M. Weber
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Company We Keep: A Husband and Wife True-Life Spy Story by Robert and Dana Baer
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means by Jeff Yeager
Crippled America by Donald J. Trump
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Little Book of Big Dividends: A Safe Formula for Guaranteed Returns by Charles B. Carlson
Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T.D. Jakes
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
It’s Only Money and It Grows on Trees by Cara MacMillan
Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of my Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich and Leo Janos
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard