A few years ago, I wanted to see if I could adopt a new habit of reading more substantive literature. So beginning in 2012, I set a goal to read 100 books in four years. Three years and 301 days later, I finished my 100th book, Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson. I wrote a blog post about my experiences here (it includes a list of all 100 books).
It was satisfying to complete such a big goal and I was able to develop a desirable habit in the process. I’m happy to say that my ritual of reading for 20 minutes or more every morning has continued day in, day out. Pro tip: if you’re trying to form a new habit, it helps to link the desired behaviour (reading) with an ingrained habit that’s already on autopilot (in my case, a morning coffee).
Given that I just surpassed the 125-book milestone, I thought I’d share the most recent 25 entries from my reading list. Here are the books (those marked with an asterisk are personal favourites):
- Making Ideas Happen, by Scott Belsky
- Join Me, by Danny Wallace
- The Element, by Ken Robinson *
- City of Thieves, by David Benioff *
- The Force of Kindness, by Sharon Salzberg
- The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau *
- Decisive, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
- The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden *
- The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion *
- The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx
- Born For This, by Chris Guillebeau
- Naked, by David Sedaris
- The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein *
- The Inconvenient Indian, by Thomas King
- The Art of Thinking Clearly, by Rolf Dobelli
- Buddhism: Ethics and the Path to Peace, by Phra Saneh Dhammavaro
- Burmese Days, by George Orwell
- The Personal MBA, by Josh Kaufman
- Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert
- The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley & William Danko
- The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Peace Is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh *
- A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson *
- Talk Like Ted, by Carmine Gallo
- Walking to Japan, by Derek Youngs & Carolyn Affleck Youngs
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