As a kid, I was a voracious reader! I was so in love with reading that I would usually finish my school textbooks within days of purchasing them. And then read novels in class while those textbooks were being taught from ☺️
I even used to “borrow” extra books from my school library. As a rule, a student was allowed only 1 book a week, so I’d usually hide another one inside my sweater or my bag and sneak it out 😉
Today, I read a lot of online content! About 3 to 4 hours worth every day. I also like to believe I’ve got a good eye for curation — see twitter and tell me if you agree.
However, I almost never read non-fiction!
Until 5 months ago…
When I say non-fiction, I mean the kind that talks of business, productivity, philosophy, education, self-improvement, inspiration et al. I tried reading such books but just didn’t really enjoy them.
Now that I look back at it, I suppose it was merely a question of being mentally prepared for (receptive to?) that kind of content. I’ve crossed that threshold, it seems.
Starting with ‘Reinventing Organisations’, I’ve read 5 non-fiction books in the last 5 months, including ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’, ‘The Art of Social Media’, ‘Remote’ and ‘Growth Hacker Marketing’ (reading).
And, they’ve been a revelation every page of the way!
As I read through my online content feed today,
I saw these 2 amazing lists of great books for my reading list!
And I’d like to share these with you:
- Cathryn Lavery shares how she decided to replace a formal MBA degree with the learnings from 22 books! Including my personal favourite — Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
- Kevan Lee of Buffer lists ‘the books that have been most influential to me and other digital marketers’ (sic). I’d never ignore a list that is introduced by him in such a way.
- ‘Growth Hacker Marketing’ by Ryan Holiday
- ‘The Year Without Pants’ by Scott Berkun
Next on the List:
- ‘Delivering Happiness’ by Tony Hseih
- ‘Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future’ by Ashlee Vance