How to read 200 books a year!

At the beginning of the year I challenged myself to read 200 books a year. I have so far read about 137 books. The strategy I adopted involved building a reading habit on my commute to and from work. I spend about 3 to 4 hours daily commuting. So instead of listening to radio I listed to audio books. I have invested in a number of speed reading apps and audio book apps. I usually arrive at work at 6.30am so I use the time from 6.30am to 8.00am to catch up on my reading. The lock down also helped to free up some time to learning. The main reason for pursuing this challenge was to test my intellectual limits. I guess it’s the same reason people climb mountains and bike across continents. Plus I needed fresh ideas and tips to share with the Money Engineer audience. Most of the articles and content I have shared with you have been inspired by these books. And of course reading is a super power in the information age. All the solutions to life’s problems and challenges are hidden in books.

Here is the current list of books I have read so far. I have 63 books to reach my target. Hopefully everything goes according to plan and I am able to reach my target.

  1. How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnergie
  2. Grit – Angella Duckworth
  3. 33 strategies of war – Robert Greene
  4. Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance
  5. Business adventures – 12 classic tales from Wall Street – John Brooks
  6. The black swarn – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  7. The leader who had no title – Robin Sharma
  8. Quiet – power of introverts – Susan Cain
  9. Influence – psychology of persuasion – Dr. Robert Cialdini
  10. earn it and enjoy it – linda proctor
  11. Decisive – Chip and Dan Heath
  12. Built to last – Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  13. 21 lessons for the 21st century – Yuval Noah Harari
  14. 7 strategies for wealth and happiness – Jim Rohn
  15. A brief history of thought – Luc Ferry
  16. A guide to the good life – William B. Irvine
  17. An economist walks into a brothel – Allison Schrager
  18. Beyond measure – Margaret Heffernan
  19. Business for Bohemians – Tom Hodgkinson
  20. Charlie Munger – Tren Griffin
  21. Creative schools – Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
  22. Creativity – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  23. Deep thinking – Gary Kasparov
  24. Deviate – Beau Lotto
  25. Do design – Alan Moore
  26. Dollars and Sense – Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
  27. Double Double – Cameron Herold
  28. Doughnut economics – Kate Raworth
  29. Eat that frog – Brian Tracy
  30. Eight dates – John Gottman and Schwartz Gottman
  31. Elevate – Joseph Deitch
  32. Entreleadership – Dave Ramsey
  33. Everyday millionaires – Chris Hogan
  34. Evil geniuses – Kurt Andersen
  35. First things first – Stephen Covey
  36. Future shaper – Niamh O’keeffe
  37. Getting things done – David Allen
  38. Got your attention – Sam Horn
  39. Great thinkers – Alain de Botton
  40. Help me – Marianne Power
  41. How to be an adult in relationships – David Richo
  42. How to do nothing – Jenny Odell
  43. How to fly a horse – Kevin Ashton
  44. How to have a happy hustle – Bec Evans
  45. How to lead smart people – Arun Singh + Mike Mister
  46. How to live a good life – Massimo Pigliucci
  47. How to love – Thich Nhat Hanh
  48. How to speak machine – John Maeda
  49. If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy? – Raj Raghunathan
  50. Ingenius – Tina Seelig
  51. Intimacy and Desire – Dr. David Schnarch
  52. Leaders eat last – Simon Sinek
  53. Limitless – Jim Kwik
  54. Lost and Founder – Rand Fishkin
  55. Love sense – Sue Johnson
  56. Made to stick – Chip and Dan Heath
  57. Making ideas happen – Scott Belsky
  58. Maps of meaning – Jordan B. Peterson
  59. Millionaire success habits – Dean Graziosi
  60. Napoleon Hill’s golden rules – Napoleon Hill
  61. On the shortness of life – Seneca
  62. On writing well – William Zinsser
  63. Originals – Adam Grant
  64. Outsmarting the crowd – Napoleon Hill
  65. Pitch perfect – Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman
  66. Ready for anything – David Allen
  67. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  68. Solve for happy – Mo Gawdat
  69. Stillness is the key – Ryan Holiday
  70. Super Attractor – Gabrielle Bernstein
  71. Super Thinking – Gabriele Weinberg
  72. Superhuman innovation – Chris Duffey
  73. Surrounded by idiots – Thoman Erikson
  74. Talking across the divide – Justin Lee
  75. Talking to strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
  76. The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey
  77. The barefoot investor – Scott Pape
  78. The behavior gap – Carl Richards
  79. The case against education – Bryan Caplan
  80. The creative thinking handbook – Chris Griffiths + Melina Costi
  81. The creativity Code – Marcus du Sautoy
  82. The execution factor – Kim Perell
  83. The game – Neil Strauss
  84. The geometry of wealth – Brian Portnoy
  85. The great mental models – Shane Parrish, Rhiannon Beaubien
  86. The hard thing about hard things – Ben Horowitz
  87. The hidden Brain – Shankar Vedantam
  88. The joy of less – Francine Jay
  89. The laws of wealth – Daniel Crosby
  90. The man who solved the market – Gregory Zuckerman
  91. The mindful day – Laurie J. Cameron
  92. The moment of lift – Melinda Gates
  93. The myths of innovation – Scott Berkun
  94. The power of broke – Daymond John with daniel Paisner
  95. The quiet mind – John E. Coleman
  96. The science of story telling – Will Storr
  97. The success principles – Jack Canfield
  98. The upside of irrationality – Dan Ariely
  99. The way of Zen – Alan W. Watts
  100. The wisdom of finance – Mihir A. Desai
  101. The wisdom of insecurity – Alan Watts
  102. Think like a rocket scientist – Ozan Varol
  103. Thou shall prosper – Daniel Lapin
  104. Ultra learning – Scott H. Young
  105. Unlearn – Barry O’reilly
  106. Unleashing the idea virus – Seth Godin
  107. Unlocking Creativity – Michael Roberto
  108. Unshakeable – Tony Robbins
  109. Warren Buffet’s Ground rules – Jeremy C. Miller
  110. What I learned losing a million dollars – Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan
  111. When genius failed – Roger Lowenstein
  112. Why are we yelling – Buster Benson
  113. Take charge of your money – John Ntende
  114. Double your money – Aga Sekalala Snr
  115. Titan – The life of John D Rockefeller – Ron Chernow
  116. Happy Money – The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money – Ken Honda
  117. Think like a monk – Jay Shetty
  118. The game of life and how to play it – Florence Scovel
  119. The psychology of self esteem – Nathaniel Branden
  120. The art of communicating – Thich Nhat Hanh
  121. Neuropsychology of self discipline – Steve DeVore and Dr. Karl Pribram
  122. The art of money getting – P.T. Barnum
  123. Henry Ford – a life – Editors of new world city
  124. Ronald Regan a life – Editors of new world city
  125. Poor Charlie’s Almanach – Warren Buffet
  126. The last lecture – Randy Pausch
  127. Vagabonding – Rolf Potts
  128. Writing down the bones – Natalie Goldberg
  129. Alex Ferguson – My biography – Alex ferguson
  130. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries and Jack Trout
  131. The enchiridion – Epictetus
  132. Maximising your potential – Dr. Myles Munroe
  133. This is marketing – Seth Godin
  134. Debt proof your marriage – Mary Hunt
  135. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life – Héctor García & Francesc Miralles
  136. You’re a badass – Jen Sincero
  137. Clean – James Hamblin

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