“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” This is a great quote from George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones.
The first-ever book I’ve read was The Godfather during high-school. Growing up, I was never tagged as a book reader until I had that book. From there on, I never stopped looking for something to read every time I pass by a bookstore. I shifted to ebooks, Kindle, Audible and now even Blinkist, a curation of bestseller books in a shortened form.
To me, if you complain that you are bored but you don’t read, then you have no right to complain.
But some books look interesting to read at the beginning. In many cases, I stop in the middle because maybe the content was not what I expected or the writing was crappy.
So today, I am thrilled to share with you the books I finished reading and I recommend. Most of them are inspirational and mind-opening for us to pursue creativity and innovation.
This list is in random order. Items with the asterisk are highly recommended:
- Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
- The Everything Store (Jeff Bezos and the Age of the Amazon) by Brad Stone*
- Shoe Dog (Nike Story) by Phil Knight*
- The Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallager
- Unf*ck Yourself by John Bishop*
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown
- Principles by Ray Dalio*
- Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time*
Drive by Daniel Pink
- Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuck
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
- Sales Management: Simplified by Mike Weinberg*
- Made to Stick by Chip Heath
- The CEO Next Door by Tahl Raz, Kim Powell, and Elena Botelho
- Built to Last by Jim Collins*
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Good to Great by Jim Collins