52 Books I Read in 2015

Lifelong Learning is a Key to Success

Books I Read in 2015

Every year one of the goals I set is to continue to become a lifelong learner. One of the action steps to that goal is always focused on reading.

I usually try to read one book a week. Some of the books I read are ones that I have read before. Repetition is the motor of learning. It is great to read new books, but the ones that I re-read are the ones that I get the most out of because I retain far more of the ideas presented. I read some books every year because they are so important to my growth.

I do read a lot of new books as well. My goal in reading is usually one new idea that I can use. This goal allows me to never read a bad book. If you can’t find one new idea you are not looking hard enough.

When it comes to lifelong learning an important question to ask is “what are the last three books you have read?” If you cannot answer this question then you probably aren’t committed to lifelong learning.

With that here is a list of the last 52 books I read over the past year:

  1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill (I re-read this book every year.)
  2. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen (Another book I re-read every year.)
  3. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale (Re-read.)
  4. QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life – John G. Miller (Another re-read. This book inspired my topic “Be the Boss of Your Life.”)
  5. Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything – John Izzo
  6. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  7. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel – Harper Lee (I don’t read many fiction books, but when I heard about a follow-up book to To Kill A Mocking Bird I had to read it.)
  8. 41: A Portrait of My Father – George W. Bush
  9. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  10. Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success – Rory Vaden (Re-read)
  11. Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time – Rory Vaden
  12. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni (Re-read)
  13. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life -Spencer Johnson (Re-read)
  14. Seven Steps To A Life of Significance– Paul Brown (I actually published this book written by a good friend.)
  15. Controlled Chaos– Mark Saltveit
  16. Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad-and Surprising Good-About Feeling Special– Craig Malkin
  17. The Prior-Service Entrepreneur: The Fundamentals of Veteran Entrepreneurship– Michael I Kaplan
  18. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason
  19. Acres of Diamonds: All Good Things Are Possible, Right Where You Are, and Now! – Russell H. Conwell (Re-read)
  20. The Secret: What Great Leaders Know-And Do – Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller
  21. Values, Inc.: How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change the World – Dina Dwyer-Owens
  22. Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work – Michael Lee Stallard
  23. Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction – Matthew Kelly
  24. Should I Fire My Doctor?: Eleven Essential Elements to Living Well Aware – Patricia Sulak M.D.
  25. The Power of 10: A Practice for Engaging Your Voice of Wisdom – Rugger Burke (Rugger wrote a great guest post on my blog. Check it out here.
  26. The 33-Year-Old Rookie: My 13-Year Journey from the Minor Leagues to the World Series – Chris Coste (I still love sports books although I don’t read as many as I used to.)
  27. Thought Leaders: How to Capture, Package and Deliver Your Ideas for Greater Commercial Success – Matt Church
  28. You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference – Mark Sanborn
  29. Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life – Nathaniel Branden
  30. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World – Margaret J. Wheatley
  31. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life – Tony Dungy
  32. To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others – Daniel H. Pink
  33. Creating Value: An Intangible in a Tanglible World – Mona Dunkin
  34. Habitudes: The Art of Self-Leadership – Tim Elmore
  35. The Strangest Secret – Earl Nightingale (Re-read.)
  36. Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ! – John G. Miller
  37. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek
  38. The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery – Patrick M. Lencioni
  39. I Dare You! – William H. Danforth
  40. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweck
  41. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink
  42. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  43. The Intelligent Investor: The Classic Text on Value Investing – Benjamin Graham
  44. The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game – Stan Berenstain (Not all books have to be long. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It also inspired me to write and speak about personal responsibility. I wrote a post about this book. Check it out here.
  45. Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia–Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing the Way We Run Things – Brad Szollose
  46. Achievement: A Proven System for Next-Level Growth – David Byrd (Re-read.)
  47. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds – Carmine Gallo
  48. Outstanding!: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional – John G. Miller
  49. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Practice and Principles – Peter F. Drucker
  50. Man Alive: Transforming Your Seven Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life – Patrick Morley
  51. Inside Steve’s Brain – Leander Kahney
  52. Playbook for an Uncommon Life – Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker

Those are the 52 books I read this year. I recommend all of them. I got something from every book. Any book on the list that was a re-read obviously is one that I would highly recommend.

In 2016, I will once again try to read a book a week. Here are a few that I will be starting with:

  1. The Audacity to Win – David Plouffe
  2. Destiny and Power – Jon Meacham
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

What books did you read this year? How many books will you read in 2016? I would love some suggestions for my own 2016 reading. Share them with me in the comments.

The most important question you must ask yourself as this new year approaches is this:

How will I invest in myself?

The way you answer this question will define your year. It will play a major role in making it your best year ever and making you the best version of yourself in 2016.

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6 thoughts on “52 Books I Read in 2015

  1. I always intend to read more than I do but fall short. WOW 52 books in one year…you have inspired me! I have a pdf of an article I found in ’08 which lists the top 100 books to read. Here is a copy and paste of the article and author. Let me know if you have any trouble finding it:

    Top 100 Best Books for Managers, Leaders & Humans
    Version 1
    Jurgen Appelo
    November 7, 2008

    • Thanks for the comment, Vince. Great to hear from you. I appreciate the link to the list. I will certainly read some of the ones listed. I hope you and your family are doing great and that 2016 is your best year ever.

  2. I plan to read the several volumes of the People’s History by Page Smith and various books about the realistic history of the American Revolutionary Army not the fake images that were fed to us in school.

    In addition, I also want to find and read books about the economic inequality that occurred and had continued to grow after the American Revolutionary War. I just recently saw a movie called Plutocracy and one of the people talked about and show a pie graph how our wealthy people got more and more of the wealthy shortly after the end of the American Revolutionary War. Funny how we traded one aristocracy for another one right after that war.

    • Thanks for the comment, Gunther. I always appreciate your comments and viewpoints. The volumes of the People’s History sound interesting. I may check one of those out as well. I typically read leadership and business books, but I do love history books and biographies as well.