Books: 2015 Reading List

I have dozens of books to read.  These are books that I’ve accumulated over the years.  I have purchased some of these books; others I get from conferences, from friends and business colleagues.  I have business books, novels, biographies and poetry.  I have books written by friends and I have books suggested by business groups or from Oprah’s Book Club. These books are organized by author, topic, hard cover vs. soft cover and size, or are simply strewn around my room.  So, the thing I have to do is actually find time to read these books!

I’ve tried joining book clubs and they only give me suggestions of new books to add to the pile.  For 2015, my strategy is to start with the books closest at hand.  I think I can read at least one book per month in 2015 or two books if I’m on a long airplane ride.  I tried that tactic two years ago, and it worked so I will try it again.  Here’s a list of the books that I will attempt to read – in no particular order:

  1. Huracan by Diana McCaulay
  2. Certain Prey by John Sanford
  3. The Good Jobs Strategy by Zeynep Ton
  4. The Athena Doctrine by John Gerzema & Michael D’Antonio
  5. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
  6. Lady in a Boat by Merle Collins
  7. The Birkman Method by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell
  8. I’d Rather Be in Charge by Charlotte Beers
  9. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
  10. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  11. Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins
  12. Who’s Got Your Back by Keith Ferrazzi
  13. It’s Your Biz by Susan Wilson Solovic
  14. Finding the Space by Janice Marturano
  15. Glimmer by Warren Berger
  16. Give and Take by Adam Grant
  17. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack
  18. Lead by Greatness by David Lapin
  19. Happiness at Work by Srikumar S. Rao
  20. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  21. Entrepreneur Magazine – the last 5 issues!

This is not a random list of reading material; they are the ones that are currently occupying space on my desk that came from recent conferences or book signings.  The way to get them off my desk, is to read them and donate them to friends or a library.  If I do not purchase or get another book, I will have enough reading material for more than three years.  I better get started.  Please feel free to give me your feedback on any of the above listed books…and wish me luck.