Following on from Part 1 and Part 2, I have just finished my 21st book of my 2018 reading challenge. I set a target at the start of the year to finish 26 books by New Year's Eve; roughly one book every two-weeks. It looks like I am well on the way to hitting that target early.
The book I have just finished was brilliant. It was the Audible version of Mythos by Stephen Fry. Greek mythology has always been interesting to me and I thought I had a decent understanding of the basics. It turns out I was wrong about many parts of Greek mythology. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and this is in no small part down to Stephen Fry's narration. I've commented before about how some audio books I would have preferred to read. Mythos was quite the opposite, and I think it is better consumed in audio.
Anyway, on to Part 3 of the list.
15. The Obesity Code by Jason Fung
I wrote a blog specifically about this book as I was very impressed by it. The arguments and evidence put forward by Jason Fung was thought provoking. Anyone interested in health, fitness or nutrition would do well to read this book. It has changed the way I think about diet. Highly recommended. Click the link below to be directed to the book on Amazon.
16. Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestley
There was so much in this book that made sense. It's just unfortunate that I don't currently have enough time to really get some of my ideas off the ground. I recently had two weeks off work and I was very productive. Now that I"m back in the 9-5 routine, I'm struggling to put thought into action. This book was a fascinating insight into how great ideas become successful businesses. I can see myself going back to this book several times. A very useful book for anyone wanting to get an idea off the ground and make it successful.
17. Deep Work by Cal Newport
I wanted to like this book. I just found it too boring. The long and short of it is that if you want to be productive, you have to engage in deep work. The definition of deep work is simply work which is completed with a deeper level of processing and concentration. This is done by minimising distraction. Although the book was full of information, it was not put forward with any personality or enthusiasm. I can't recommend this book with any enthusiasm as a result. The link is below should you be interested in buying it.
18. Start Now. Get Perfect Later. By Rob Moore.
Rob Moore is brilliant. I love the guy's personality and enthusiasm which is infectious with his audiobooks. This is in sharp contrast to the previous book on this list, Deep Work. I actually got more useful advice about Deep Work from this book, than I did from the book focusing on Deep Work.
Start Now. Get Perfect Later. is simply about how you should start now and get perfect later. Simple as that. We all know people who talk the talk but never actually try to walk the walk. People have a tendency to come up with excuses for why they haven't tried to write a book, get a new job, start a business and so on. These people say they have to finish this, or do that first or wait until such and such time. This is called "getting your ducks in a row" and Rob Moore gives a brilliant overview of how that phrase came about in the first place.
There is no perfect time to start, so you may as well start now and the first step would be to click the link below and order the book.
19. The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay-Smith
Horseshit. Waste of money. Thinly veiled advert for other people's blogs. Avoid.
20. The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing by Pat Dorsey
I was pretty disappointed with this book, because I didn't look into the book before I bought it. I was sold by the title. My mistake. There's nothing wrong with this book as such. In fact, I would say it's an extremely detailed book with some really great information. It goes into great depth about how to analyse business accounts and what some common problems are that should be avoided when investing in a particular stock. It was just a bit too dry and it really didn't engage me. If you are interested in the finer points of analysing company accounts then you may find this book interesting. If you were after a higher level view of how to invest in the stock market, I would suggest looking up other books.
21. Mythos by Stephen Fry
As I stated at the start of this blog I really enjoyed this book. There is little to no analysis; it's not an academic take on the Greek myths but simply a retelling of them with all of Stephen Fry's wit and charm. I can't think of anyone else who would have been more suited to the task of narrating this work and it really does appear to have been a labour of love for him. I highly recommend this book.
It will probably be a few more weeks until I post the next part of the reading list, but I will be uploading other blogs in the meantime. If you have read any of these books, leave a comment and let me know what you thought.
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