2012: Year of the Bookworm. My reading list.

I’m not 100% sure why, but this year has been all about getting caught up on my reading.  The year started with me reading 6-8 books per month, but I started to get a bit burned by September which is pretty true to my “all in or nothing” way of life I guess.  But the total count was 60 for the year – more than I have ever read before in one year period — perhaps I was inspired by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?  Anyway, I thought I’d share my reading list with you and highlight to the top 5 fiction and top 5 business books.

2012 Reading List

1. The Lean Startup (Eric Ries)
2. Mystery (Jonathan Kellerman)
3. Micro (Michael Crichton)
4. Linchpin (Seth Godin)
5. Flash and Bones (Kathy Reichs)
6. Humilitas (John Dickson)
7. Live Wire (Harlan Coben)
8. Kill Alex Cross (James Patterson)
9. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
10. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
11. Grouped (Paul Adams)
12. The No Asshole Rule (Robert Sutton)
13. Influencer (Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler)
14. Purple Cow (Seth Godin)
15. Duct Tape Marketing (John Jantsch)
16. The Fifth Witness (Michael Connelly)
17. At Home (Bill Bryson)
18. Tribes (Seth Godin)
19. Drive (Daniel H Pink)
20. L.A. Requiem (Robert Crais)
21. The Happiness Advantage (Shawn Achor)
22. The Drop (Michael Connelly)
23. What Matters Now (Gary Hamel)
24. Private (James Patterson)
25. Start with Why (Simon Sinek)
26. The Monkey’s Raincoat (Robert Crais)
27. The Referral Engine (John Jantsch)
28. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
29. Blue Ocean Strategy (W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne)
30. The Future of Management (Gary Hamel)
31. No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline (Brian Tracy)
32. Seizure (Kathy Reichs)
33. Unmarketing (Scott Stratten)
34. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
35. Mindset (Carol Dweck)
36. Private: No. 1 Suspect (James Patterson)
37. The Wisdom of Crowds (James Surowiecki)
38. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
39. Wheat Belly (William Davis)
40. Killing Lincoln (Bill O’Reilly)
41. Endgame (John Mauldin)
42. Optimize (Lee Odden)
43. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
44. Multipliers (Liz Wiseman)
45. The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz)
46. Stay Close (Harlan Coben)
47. Private London (James Patterson)
48. The Blackhouse (Peter May)
49. You’re Next (Gregg Hurwitz)
50. The Marketing Agency Blueprint (Paul Roetzer)
51. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Stieg Larsson)
52. Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)
53. No Easy Day (Mark Owen)
54. The Price of Politics (Bob Woodward)
55. Getting Things Done (David Allen)
56. A History of Modern Britain (Andrew Marr)
57. The Thank You Economy (Gary Vaynerchuk)
58. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein)
59. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
60. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health… (Patrick Lencioni)

Top 5 Fiction

1. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) – I haven’t yet read the third and so can’t comment on the whole trilogy but this first book was so very gripping (and disturbing).
2. The Hunger Games  (Suzanne Collins) – The whole trilogy is great
3. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein) – Love this book.  If you love dogs and/or auto racing then this is for you.
4. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut) – A classic – written in 1969 – but I love the writing style  and the repeating of “And so it goes” for effect.
5. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

Top 5 Business

1. What Matters Now (Gary Hamel)
2. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health… (Patrick Lencioni)
3. The Future of Management (Gary Hamel)
4. Blue Ocean Strategy (W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne)
5. Duct Tape Marketing (John Jantsch)


I’m really not sure if I will be able to read as much in 2013 – I hope so, as I thoroughly enjoyed almost every single book.. but I think I’ll try to keep a more sustainable pace this year so that I don’t burn myself out.

Happy New Year.