What I'm Reading in 2016

In the past I've found that if I plan what I'm going to read in advance I will get more reading done. I would stack the books I was going to read on my desk, take a picture, and then post it somewhere in the social ether thus reinforcing my reading habits. Last year I was able to get through 100 books (which according to goodreads consisted of 33,513 pages). There was also a few months where I barely got any reading done so I could focus on my French. This year I'm shooting for 200 books.

Here's a list of 109 books I plan on going through this year. The remainder of the spots will be open to recommendations from my peers along with anything else interesting I come across in the course of my reading. Will probably also be adding more books from René Girard, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, along with some books on theology.

Have you read any of the books below? Anything you think I should add to the list?

  1. A La Cour De Mobutu by Pierre Janssen
  2. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
  3. Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  4. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
  5. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  6. Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure by Cédric Villani
  7. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  9. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
  10. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. Choose Yourself! by James Altucher and Dick Costolo
  13. Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators by Clay Shirky
  14. Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia
  15. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
  16. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  17. Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper
  18. Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love by Marina Adshade
  19. Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence by Jacob Lund Fisker
  20. Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia
  21. Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley
  22. Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
  23. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer and August Cole
  24. God Kills: Spirituality of a Christian Pragmatist by Art Greco
  25. Gorilla Mindset: How to Dominate and Unleash the Animal Inside You to Live a Life of Health, Wealth, and Freedom by Mike Cernovich
  26. Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem by Brad Jersak
  27. How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts
  28. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  29. How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy by Stephen Witt
  30. How to Not Suck at Writing Your First Book: A Book on Writing for People Who Hate Writing by Chandler Bolt
  31. How Rich People Think by Steve Siebold
  32. How to be a Billionaire: Proven Strategies from the Titans of Wealth by Martin S. Fridson
  33. How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery by Kevin Ashton
  34. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
  35. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban
  36. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  37. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk
  38. Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  39. Le Bouc Émissaire by René Girard
  40. Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School by Richard Branson
  41. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization by Vaclav Smil
  42. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  43. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler
  44. My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn
  45. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi
  46. Other People’s Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay
  47. Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff
  48. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
  49. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason
  50. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  51. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
  52. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford
  53. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  54. Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives by Sendhil Mullainathan
  55. Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
  56. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  57. Submission: A Novel by Michel Houellebecq
  58. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
  59. Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak
  60. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone
  61. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
  62. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
  63. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  64. The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards
  65. The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
  66. The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns
  67. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  68. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  69. The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy
  70. The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath by Ben Bernanke
  71. The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder
  72. The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs by Kevin D. Johnson
  73. The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup by Jaime Tardy
  74. The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind
  75. The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton
  76. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  77. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow
  78. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M Christensen
  79. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham
  80. The Little Book That Still Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt
  81. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
  82. The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success by Roger James Hamilton
  83. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
  84. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod
  85. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny by Robin S. Sharma
  86. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  87. The Narrow Road: A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money by Felix Dennis
  88. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike
  89. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  90. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
  91. The Rise of the Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler
  92. The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy by Lewis Howes
  93. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  94. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  95. The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
  96. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs by David Kidder and Reid Hoffman
  97. The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy by Paul Sullivan
  98. The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly
  99. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  100. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  101. The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
  102. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Growth by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
  103. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan and John King
  104. Trump: How to Get Rich by Donald Trump
  105. Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
  106. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday
  107. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
  108. Wealth Secrets of the One Percent: A Modern Manual to Getting Marvelously, Obscenely Rich by Sam Wilkin
  109. What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo

You can see what I'm currently reading on goodreads. If you don't already know I have a podcast called Ryan Reads where I give a brief summary of the most recent books I've read. It's been on hiatus for the month of December because it's the busiest time of year for me at work. Will be posting another episode before the week is over. Hope you have a great 2016 reading!

Book Recommendations for 2016

Looking for some books to add to your list in 2016? Here's a collection of book recommendations I've found online the past couple of weeks. The majority of these are in the areas of business and leadership. I'll be adding some of these to my to-read list.  

Bloomberg Business Best Books of 2015 - I've read four of the books on this list: Between the World and Me, How Music Works, Elon Musk, and Creativity, Inc. Almost finished with Lords of Finance. Picked up Sapiens, How Not to Be Wrong, How Google Works, Superforecasting, Ghost Fleet and Rise of the Robots. 

The 20 Best Business Books of 2015  - Business Insider puts out new book lists every week. Other than the book on Musk I haven't read any of these. Picked up a copy of Digital Gold, Leadership BS, and Bold. 

15 Best Business Books of 2015 - This list is from Forbes and includes Rise of the Robots and Digital Gold plus a number of other books worth looking at. 

52 Business Books the Fortune 500 CEOs Think You Should Read - Nothing really new on this list but great list for those on the path to entrepreneurship. Maybe you could read one a week in 2016? I've read eight of these books but plan on reading most of them in the next couple of years. 

58 Books Recommended by TED Speakers - Embarrassed to say I've only read The Beginning of Infinity from this list. Picked up Mindset. Will be going back to this list for recommendations throughout the year. 

14 Books That Inspired Elon Musk - When asked how he learned about rockets Musk replies that he reads books. Genius. Been wanting to read more science fiction in the next year so I'm glad I came across this list. Also am interested in the biographies by Isaacson. 

20 Books Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Everyone Should Read - In 2015 Zuckerberg commited to reading a book every other week. I've read Why Nations Fail, The New Jim Crow, and Creativity, Inc from this list. Plan on going through Iain Banks books along with Pinker's Better Angels of our Nature. 

The Best Books I Read in 2015 - Bill Gates always recommends great books. Here's a post of the best books he read in 2015. 

Singularity University Finance, Entrepreneurship, & Economics Book List - The original pre-reading list for their graduate studies program. Have read Outliers and the Great Stagnation. Picked up Chris Anderson's books. 

What books on these lists have you read? Have any recent book recommendation lists I should add to this post? Anything you think I should read in 2016? 

Musical Inspiration

Ever have that moment when you needed a little inspiration and a song came on your playlist that motivated you to keep on going towards your goal? Here's a list of some of my favorite motivational hip-hop songs for entrepreneurs and startups.

  1. Ten Thousand Hours - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  2. Who Gon Stop Me - Kanye West
  3. Forever - Eminem
  4. Run This Town - Jay Z
  5. Successful - Drake and Trey Songz
  6. All I Do is Win - DJ Khaled
  7. I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-I-O-N - The Grouch & Eligh
  8. The Knock - The Grouch & Eligh
  9. Started From the Bottom - Drake
  10. Donald Trump - Mac Miller
  11. Dream - Dizzee Rascal
  12. Till I Get There - Lupe Fiasco
  13. Superstar - Lupe Fiasco
  14. Leader - Zion I & The Grouch
  15. F.U.T.W. - Jay Z
  16. Ni**as in Paris - Kanye West and Jay-Z

Jay-Z's album Magna Carta and The Grouch & Eligh's album the Tortoise and the Crow have been on repeat lately here. I've been saying Jay-Z needs to come out with a book and last week I came across Empire State of Mind. You will probably learn more about business just listening to Magna Carta than you would reading some of the books I post here. Can't wait to read Empire State of Mind and share it with you on the podcast. What music inspires you?

If you are on Deezer check out my hustle playlist.

Read 100 plus books a year

Here's a short video that explains some of the things that I do to read 100 plus books a year. 

Breakdown of some of the tips shared here:

  • Find subjects you are passionate about.
  • Read books that your mentors/peers recommend. Ask your friends for recommendations.
  • Successful people wake up early and read. Don't waste time checking email or on social networking sites.
  • Read during breaks at work and if possible ditch the tv and read during that time.
  • Always carry books with you. When you are in line or waiting for appointments read. A kindle is handy here.
  • If you can't afford to buy a number of books try your local library. 
  • Use services like Scribd, Overdrive, or Audible. Scribd is a subscription based site that gives you unlimited books for under $10 a month. They also give you one free audiobook a month. Overdrive works with your local library and allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks. 
  • Listen to audiobooks at 2X speed if you can.
  • Write in your books. With iBooks or kindle use highlights and take notes in the app. iBooks will allow you to save all of your notes to Evernote.

Here's a link to two free months of Scribd: