I used to love doing end of the year lists. I remember going back to my childhood, spending hours and days selecting the best videogames of the year, by genre!
For a few years, when I was involved with writing articles for music webzines, I would also spend a lot of time trying to come up with the lists of best songs and best albums of the year.
So I am very happy to go back to this tradition and list the top 10 books of the year.
I am also very happy that so far I have ready 14 books (nearly 15), comparing to 4 in 2019.
This is a big improvement for me as for years I struggled with reading and couldn’t read anything longer than a newspaper article.
The disclaimer for this list is that I haven’t read any fiction and that the books chosen are about business and self-development.
- The Practice, Seth Godin – Because every book by Seth fills me up with motivation and inspiration about what I do
- The Lean Startup, Eric Ries – Because it changed my way of looking at my business
- Blitzscaling, Reid Hoffmann – Because it made me understand the concept of fast growth and scaling
- The Art of Possibility, Benjamin Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander – Because it helped me in my relationship with my wife and people in general
- Black Box Thinking, Matthew Syed – Because it made me understand what measuring and gradual improvement are
- Talking to Strangers, Malcom Gladwell – Because any book by Gladwell surprises me in many ways
- Small Data, Martin Lindstrom – Because it made me understand that big data don’t always give you the insights you need
- To Sell is Human, Daniel H. Pink – Because it made me understand that the concept of selling applies in every profession and environment
- Invent & Wander, Jeff Bezos – Because it made me understand how such an inspired leader thinks
- Limitless, Jim Kwik – Because it helped me tweak my memorising skills