My reading challenge continues, but I’m lagging my goal! As mentioned in my last installment, launching the SimpleMoney Club in August took up most of my free time, and reading took a back seat. I had an admirable attempt in September, but I’m still under my pace. I believe I will need to catch up about ten books in the remaining months to meet my goal. Challenge accepted!
The good news is that lack of time also means lack of book buying, so I’m still doing great on my goal to have at least half of the books I read this year be off my shelf versus a new (or used) purchase.
August and September were busy months, and clearly, I was heavily focused on non-fiction again. Because several of them were library books or audiobooks, the book stack in my photo is lacking! Here are the books I read for those months. (Each heading provides an Amazon link for your convenience.*)
The Witches are Coming, by Lindy West (audio)
I found this book as a recommendation by Audible, although I had no idea who Lindy West was. This was a series of essays on a range of topics, all from a feminist worldview. Lindy West is honest, straight-forward, and hilariously funny. I highly recommend this listen.
The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss (shelf)
I’ve now read this book three times. When I was reorganizing my bookshelves, I saw it, and it just sucked me in. I couldn’t help it. Each time I read it, I learn new things, although some of it is getting a bit dated now. I do not intend to get to the point of only working four hours per week, but the concept is a bit intoxicating. Mostly I tune back into this book repeatedly to see what changes I’ve made to the way I delegate and manage my time, as well as a reminder to think outside the box. If you are an entrepreneur, I would highly recommend this book. Just be mindful that Tim is a unique individual, and he’s not for everyone.
Choose FI, by Chris Mamula (shelf)
Are you a SimpleMoney podcast listener? I interviewed Chris on my podcast, so I’ll keep this short. Financial independence has always been a passion of mine. After all, I’m a retirement planning expert! I always find reading stories about people’s journey to early retirement (also known as financial independence) to be utterly fascinating. Hearing about things people do and ways they sacrifice current lifestyle to save faster for retirement never gets old for me. Chris’s book provides a blueprint of sorts to reaching financial independence.
Rise of the YOUpreneur, by Chris Ducker (shelf)
Check out all these books I’m reading from my shelves! I heard Chris Ducker on a couple podcasts a while back, and I liked his straightforward style, so I purchased his book. This promptly went on my shelf, and at least a year has passed since I bought it. Since part of this year’s reading challenge is to clear out some shelves, it was time to read this one! This is a very good book for people in the early stages of starting an online business. I was disappointed, I suppose, in reading it, because it contained information I was already pretty familiar with. That’s good news, though, since it means I’ve been applying things I’ve learned from Chris and others over the past few years. I still found some gems in here, and it’s a book I would recommend.
Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday (audio)
I sincerely loved this book. So much so, that I bought another of Holiday’s books that I’m reading now. The chapters are short, the stories are interesting, and the lessons learned from this book are important. In short, we naturally assume it is outside forces that impede us in life, when more often than not, we impede ourselves.
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (library)
Yay, my one and only fiction book in August/September! This book was the August selection in the book club I’m a member of. Whitehead’s take on slavery and the people who assisted southern slaves to escape to a new life was unique and fascinating. His story features an actual underground railroad system, manned by brave individuals willing to risk their lives to help their fellow human beings.
Indistractable, by Nir Eyal (audio)
Ooh, you know I love productivity books! This one will be in my top ten for sure: it’s chock-full of strategies to eliminate distraction in your life. Eyal narrates the audiobook, and he has a great energy. I’m torn between recommending the audio book for that reason, but I’ll be buying a hard copy to refer back to. Take your pick, you won’t be sorry.
How to Consciously Design Your Ideal Future, by Benjamin Hardy (audio)
It was apparently an audio-heavy time for me in August and September. This was something I happened upon on Audible, and I’m a fan of Hardy’s books. This book was a disappointment, but only because it was a rehash of his many excellent blog posts. Therefore, most of the book was familiar to me. If you haven’t heard of Ben or read his work, this is a great place to start. As of this writing, the audio book is free for Audible subscribers.
AI Superpowers, by Kai-Fu Lee (audio)
Artificial Intelligence. Are you surprised by my interest in this? I certainly was. It’s a pretty big departure from my usual fare. I heard about this book on a podcast I adore. The podcast host, Joanna Penn, is fascinated by AI and all that it might mean for the future of writers, but also life in general. She talked about this book, and finally, I selected it and gave a listen. I found myself being entranced by this topic (not in a weird AI sort of way, ha ha), and I am now very keen to learn more about AI. If you give this book a try, let me know!
Don’t Keep Your Day Job, by Cathy Heller (shelf)
I learned about this book in an online business group I’m a member of. If you are considering trying your hand at a side hustle, you might enjoy this book. Cathy has a popular podcast, but I have not tuned in yet. I loved her stories about people finding a new path for themselves, sometimes in very unexpected places.
Essays, by E.B. White (library)
Thank goodness our library is not charging late fees in this time of pandemic, because this book took me months to finish! I’ve always been a fan of White’s novels, but I had never read any of his essays. As a rule, I don’t much read essays in book format, just in magazines. This book was a treat: I loved his descriptions of his Florida travels and his farm in Maine. This is writing and life in a different time, a different America, but some themes never change.
Alright, that was my list for August and September. I’m off to get some more reading done for October! Thanks for reading!
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