52 Books Checkpoint

Midway through the year I’m midway through my goal of reading 52 books. And I can say the practice is making a difference. Some examples of the impact include:

  • The biggest change in the first 6 months is that urged on by my friends and readers I’m reading fiction again. Having abstained from fiction for 10 years, this is a big shift.
  • I have great conversations! The book others most frequently mention to me is Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And we chat about how much of her methodology we implemented, how long it took, where we got stuck and how we got unstuck.
  • My clothes are now tailored to fit me thanks to Alison Freer’s How to Get Dressed.
  • I embrace my ultra tidy tendencies thanks to Frederick Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here. (note: this is a book of fiction!)
  • When I articulate the business model behind The U (University) that I lead at work, people understand it thanks to The Business Model Canvas.

Here’s what I’ve read so far listed most recent first. The links go to my posts about each:

  1. Unashamed by Christine Caine (blog post coming soon)
  2. Divine Collision by Jim Gash (blog post coming soon)
  3. God is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work by Regina Brett
  4. Value Proposition Design by Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur (blog post coming soon)
  5. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  6. A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
  7. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  8. The Heart Aroused by David Whyte
  9. My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Frederick Backman
  10. Britt-Marie was Here by Frederick Backman
  11. Maker Spaces by Emily Quinto
  12. Goddesses Never Age by Dr. Christiane Northrup
  13. DIY Characters by Tiger
  14. Do Story by Bobette Buster
  15. Come to Win by Venus Williams
  16. Airplants: The Curious World of Tillandsias by Zenaida Sengo
  17. Makeup: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success, Online and Offline by Michelle Phan
  18. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  19. The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron
  20. Make it Happen by Lara Casey
  21. Jolt by Richard Tyler
  22. How to Get Dressed by Alison Freer
  23. Running Your First Ultra by Krissy Moehl
  24. The Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
  25. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
  26. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  27. Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

On my list for the next 6 months are:

  • A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
  • Moments of Impact by Chris Ertl

What books are you finding interesting?

Happy reading!