At the start of the year, I released an article about how I wanted to read more books. So far I have done fairly well and although not sticking to my original target of 1 book every 2 weeks I have made huge leaps in my challenge. I believe I’m on about 12 books so far this year but some of them are fairly sizeable books (Tools of Titans is around 700 pages for example). Some other books that haven’t made the list I will post over the next few months in my Instagram. Also, I think a book every two weeks was pretty ambitious as I overestimated the time I had to read. During the year, the amount of time I have spent watching TV and Videos on Youtube has decreased massively and my time reading time has increased. I have no objections to watching TV but I personally prefer reading books currently although this could change in the future.
Also, I think a book every two weeks was pretty ambitious as I overestimated the time I had to read. During the year, the amount of time I have spent watching TV and Videos on Youtube has decreased massively and my time reading time has increased. I have no objections to watching TV but I personally prefer reading books currently although this could change in the future.
From the list of books I have read, there are some great recommendations that I think you should try and read. There is a mixture of self-help books, business books, fitness books and Non-fiction books.
1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
This is a great read for anyone wanting to improve a work/life balance. It will help you put steps in place to enjoy your life more and even make you more confident! The comfort zone challenges are definitely worth a try and although I haven’t done all of them (lying down in public) some of them are very useful such as increased eye contact. Also included are some good tips for starting your own business.
2. The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
This is a fantastic read for someone wanting to improve their relationships or their life in general. Although I don’t agree with all of it there are some great tips in there for general life. It can make you think about your path in life and help you really narrow down on what you want to do and it even gives you freedom to know that your current situation may not be the best path.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
From the 1970’s this book is amazing and gives an insight into the dark side of America. The story is about a drug-fuelled holiday in Las Vegas and the writers’ experiences of dealing with Police officers, members of the public and hotel staff. It’s an interesting read to give you an idea of what some peoples experiences are when on drugs.
4. Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
As a lot of you know, I love a good morning or evening routine. It’s also important, I think, to help get all your work done or be able to complete it quicker. It’s fascinating to read what other people do for their rituals and habits that may enable you to achieve more and get more done during the day. For example, Benjamin Franklin planned out his entire day down to the hour or Ernest Hemmingway waking up at the same time every single day regardless if he had been out drinking the night before. I think it’s exceptionally important to have some form of a schedule. Not neccisarily planning every minute of every day but having some form of schedule will go a long way.
5. Tools Of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Another book by Tim Ferriss. This one, however, is very different to the last one. This one is more of a reference book to interviews he has done with some great people including some of the worlds best strength coaches, the best monetary investors and some of the most influential people in the world. I definitely recommend the section from Chris Sommer the Gymnastics coach and Robert Rodriguez. This also has changed the way my mornings go (I try to make my bed straight away first thing in the morning) and I have now started journalling daily too.
6. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The film with Christian Bale is based on this book. Although, the book is a little more graphic than the film. It’s a great read and gives you a lot of details that may be missed in the film or are just left out entirely to show you the inner workings of the psychopathic killer in the book. As I said, it is graphic and if you are squeamish this may not be the best book for you.
7. A Year Of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
This book is both funny and informative. AJ Jacobs personifies self experimentation. He thinks of some great experiments and tries them out himself. He also has some other books in similar fields including an aim to become to healthiest person in the world or trying to learn the entire encyclopedia series. This book will teach you a lot about modern religion and the origins of it.
8. Becoming A Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett
This is an essential for anyone who exercises. Overtime, you will build up imbalances and postural issues. This book will be your bible for anyone who needs to increase their mobility and help reduce their pain. Think of any gym exercise and it is in there showing you what is wrong with certain patterns and if you just have muscle pain you can find that in the book and mobilise it.
I have a few more books that I plan to read later on this year. It’s important I think to have a mixture of Fiction and Non-Fiction to keep yourself entertained and interested in reading. I have had issues in the past where I started reading a book, got bored and it took me several months to get back to it and finish the book.
It will be interesting to see where my reading goes over the next few months due to my new uni course starting so I will have less free time.