2014 Books Read

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I love to read, and always have. When I was younger, I would read Goosebumps books all day long, or other type of detective fiction books. These days, I usually read non-fiction books, as that is what I find most interesting.

My goal for the year is to read at least two books per month. I plan to keep this post updated throughout the year, because I love to create lists and track things… so it’s only natural to combine these two loves!

01. Dan Buettner – The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest – I did a full book review of this one, but I loved it. It is a great look into other cultures, and the things that made them happy (and healthy).

02. Dan Morrison – The Black Nile: One Man’s Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World’s Longest River – To be honest, I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to, but it was still enjoyable. It is an interesting look at a world that I really didn’t know much about – life in Uganda, South Sudan, and Sudan, along the Nile River.

03. Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – I hope to write more about this book (and there have been many words written on the book), but it was a great book, and one that everyone should read.

04. Sudhir Venkatesh – Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets – In this book, the author is a grad student at the University of Chicago, and essentially lives in the projects for a number of years, most notably befriending and following around the gang leader (JT) and one of the building leaders (Ms. Bailey). It was a great book in part because it was a world so foreign to me – a place where they wouldn’t even call the police, or call an ambulance, because they weren’t sure they would come. I love to read about places and situations that I don’t really know anything about that, and that is what made this book excellent.

05. James Altucher -Choose Yourself! – I enjoyed this one a lot, and learned some valuable things, as well as it just making me think about how I spend my time, and my attitudes. One section I particularly enjoyed was him talking about how to generate ideas, or become an “idea-generating machine.” It was an unconventional book in the way it was written (it was self-published), which could turn some people on or off to the message. Personally, I enjoyed it.

06. Ernest Hemingway – The Sun Also Rises – I think I am not a huge Hemingway fan. I have read this and A Farewell to Arms and did not love either one, though I think that could be because I tend to prefer non-fiction to fiction.

07. Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster – I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever – It’s an entertaining book about two guys that go to 30 baseball games in 30 days… a remarkable, terrible, fantastic road trip. If you like baseball, you should enjoy this book, as it was entertaining to hear about the different stadiums, and their impressions.

08. Jean Giono – The Man Who Planted Trees – This book is short and sweet – meant to inspire. It really shows the impact that one person can have on their surroundings. I would highly recommend this book.

09. JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit -As expected, it was a great book, and it’s easy to see why it’s as famous as it is. I’m only mad at myself that it took me this long in life to read it!

10. David Roberts – Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer -If you like Into the Wild, you will enjoy this one as well. While I found the background a bit dry, it’s vital for understanding the rest of the book. All in all, quite captivating, especially if you like the outdoors.

Have you read anything good recently? Anything you suggest I should read?

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