Reading List

I created this page to keep track of and share all the books I’ve been reading recently, beginning as of January 2015. With each book that I add to the list, I’ll include a short description and a link to my personal notes on that book. If you’re ever looking for a good book to read, hopefully you’ll be able to find something on here that catches your attention.

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Books I Read in 2015

1. Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon (Click here for my notes)

A very quick, inspirational read about how to create great work and share it with the world in a way that doesn’t feel like gimmicky self-promotion. Filled with illustrations, quotes, and stories, the book outlines 10 rules for being more open and honest about what you enjoy in order to attract people who enjoy that stuff too.

2. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Click here for my notes)

A deep dive into how you can achieve your fullest creative potential, and do what you were born to do, by overcoming your inner “Resistance” (AKA fear, procrastination, self-doubt, and all the other things that prevent you from sitting down and doing your work). Whether you’re an artist, writer, or business person, this book will take your game to the next level. This book was a game-changer for me. A definite must-read.

3. The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday (Click here for my notes)

This book explores how some of the greatest, most successful historical figures have managed to turn the most difficult obstacles and the most impossible situations into opportunities and even advantages. Based on the philosophical principles of Stoicism, this books shows how we too can turn any obstacle upside down by controlling our perceptions, having will, and taking action. So that no matter what happens to us, we find a way to keep moving forward.

4. Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday (Click here for my notes)

This short book explains how some of the biggest tech companies in the world (Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox) managed to reach millions of users without spending a dime on traditional marketing methods. Instead, they used growth hacking. This book is a great introduction to the field of growth hacking and is filled with valuable case studies and examples.

5. Smartcuts by Shane Snow (Notes coming soon)

An unconventional look at how some of the most successful people in the world were able to achieve incredible things in incredibly short time frames. Shane Snow shows that many of the world’s biggest successes are achieved by those who refuse to follow the expected course and instead use “lateral thinking” to find better, faster routes. This book is a very thought-provoking read and covers some interesting concepts that shatter common wisdom about success.

Notes coming soon.

6. Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield (Click here for my notes on Turning Pro)

The sequel to The War of Art, this book focuses on the differences between an amateur and a pro, and how you can make the transition. Steven Pressfield spends a good amount of time talking about the difference between an addict and an artist, and how there’s really not that big of a difference between the two, except in how they channel their energies. Although certain themes and ideas from The War of Art are repeated in this book, I gained some very powerful insights from this book that really struck a chord with me.

7. The One Thing by Gary Keller (Notes coming soon)

8. What Every Body Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro – In Progress

9. The Four Hour Work-Week by Tim Ferriss – In Progress