Earlier this year, I posted a blog about not reading any lean or business books this year. Choosing to spend the year putting into practice more of what I have read already and trying to understand how it pertains to my work. In June, I published what I had read to date to give people a flavor of what I have been reading. I have accomplished my goal and read one non-work related book per month for the entire year. I have listed all the books from the first half of the year below also along with the books from the second half of the year.
I found I really enjoyed reading these other books. There was almost always a leadership lesson to be gained from these books. My interests grew as the year went on and I was amazed as to what there was to learn from fiction books as well biographies. With the new year upon us, I must now learn how to balance reading books for work along with fun fictional and biography books.
January – Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell – This is the autobiography and recount of the lone survivor of a S.E.A.L. team member that got caught in a fire fight deep in Taliban territory. It is an amazing story.
February – It’s So Easy by Duff McKagan – The autobiography of Guns-N-Roses bassist Duff McKagan. GNR is my favorite band of all time. Duff now writes for ESPN’s Page Two website. He is a really good writer and the book is a great recount of his life and view of the GNR rise and fall.
March – 11/22/63 by Stephan King – This a fiction story about a guy who has a chance to go back in time and stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating President Kennedy. Long book, but very enjoyable. A fun read.
April – American Sniper by Chris Kyle – Chris Kyle is a S.E.A.L. sniper that at the time of the writing was credited with the most confirmed kills in American military history. This is his recount of his time in the S.E.A.L.s.
May – Fifth Avenue by Christopher Smith – A thriller novel about two of the most wealthy mean in New York City and the extremes their grudge will go to. Good book.
June – Life by Keith Richards – This is the autobiography of Keith Richards the guitar player for the Rolling Stones. I love the Rolling Stones and I was traveling the the UK for work…seemed like a good fit to read at the time.
July – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith – Interesting book following the true path of Abraham Lincoln’s life ans encounters but with a fictional vampire twist to Abraham’s reason for making the choices in life that he did.
August – The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – What is the Holy Grail? I had seen the movie when it came out several years ago and decided to give the book a try. It was excellent.
September – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – This is a nonfiction novel. It is the story of a brutal murder of a family of four in western Kansas in 1959. Truman Capote does a great job of getting inside the heads of the killers. It follows the family and killers from the day before the murders until the execution of the killers. The book was written in the 1960s. Living in Kansas now this true story captured my attention.
October – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A twisted revenge novel. This novel tells of a marriage gone wrong and the lengths a woman will go to to make it clear who is in control.
November – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl was so good that I tried the book Gillian wrote before it. Dark Places is a great who dunnit book. It keeps you guessing until the end.
December – The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo – This novel is the first of the Harry Hole detective series. Actually, it is the 3rd novel in teh series. Jo is a Norwegian author. The first two books have not been translated. The 3rd through the 8th (just released in the U.S. this fall) have been translated. Harry Hole is a police detective in Oslo, Norway. He has taken to drinking but still gets the job done. Very enjoyable detective novel.
What did you read this year?