Reading List

At this time of year I begin to prepare my reading list for the new year. I typically go through 50 to 70 books a year. My reading list is broken out into the following categories:

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Growth
  • Audio
  • Personal Interests

Curious to know about the 2005 list? Bear in mind that I read 30 more books in addition to the list below and I also take in about 15 magazines a month. Here goes:

The European Dream – Jeremy Rifkin
Apple Confidential 2.0 – Owen Linzmayer
Bait And Switch – Barbara Ehreneich
Harvests of Joy And My Passion For Excellence – Robert Mondavi
The Second Coming of Steve Jobs – Alan Deutschman
Speak Like A CEO – Suzanne Bates
Corporate Confidential – Cynthia Shapiro

The iPod Book – Scott Kelby
Styling With CSS – Charles Wyke-Smith
The Age Of Spiritual Machines – Ray Kurzweil
Blog On – Todd Stauffer
DHTML and CSS Advanced – Jason Cranford Teague
Teach Yourself CSS in 24 Hours – Kynn Bartlett
Mac OS X – David Pogue

Financial Planning
The Finish Rich Workbook – David Bach
Smart Couples Finish Rich – David Bach
Rich Is A State Of Mind – Robert Gignac
Smoke And Mirrors – David Trahair
The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
Retire Young, Retire Rich – Robert Kiyosaki

Personal Growth
The Servant Leader – James Audrey
Today Matters – John Maxwell
Primal Leadership – Daniel Goleman
The Unofficial Guide To Managing Time – Dawn Reno
How To Gain An Extra Hour Every Day – Ray Josephs
Getting Things Done – David Allen
What’s So Amazing About Grace? – Philip Yancey
Purpose Drive Life – Rick Warren

The Musician”™s Guide To ProTools – John Keane
Recording and Production Techniques – Paul White
Creative Recording – Paul White
101 Guitar Tips – Adam St. James
Mix It Like A Record – Charles Dye

Personal Interests
Nelson’s Trafalgar – Roy Adkins
The Command Of The Ocean – N.A.M. Rodger
In The Wake Of The Plague – Norman Cantor
Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter Newman
A Tour Of The Calculus – David Berlinski
State Of Fear – Michael Crichton
Black Wind – Clive Cussler
God’s Secretaries – Adam Nicholson
God Of The Possible – Gregory Boyd
The Science of God – Gerald Schroeder
The Broker – John Grisham
Calliban’s Shore – Stephen Taylor
Deception Point – Dan Brown
Triumph Of The Sun – Wilbur Smith
Seize The Fire – Adam Nicolson

I have noted the books I enjoyed most in italics.

6 replies
  1. richard cleaver
    richard cleaver says:

    Hi Mark. I have yet to come across a decent text on CSS. I have used examples from the web and trial and error to sharpen up my CSS chops. I will say the CSS books can help if you are having difficulty sleeping at night 🙂

  2. Stephen Meyer
    Stephen Meyer says:

    … and you still have time to keep up a blog. I would like to say I’m impressed, but I’m not sure that would quite cut it. As Woody Allen said, “I took a speed reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.”

  3. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Hi Kynn. Every book that made my reading list was worth the purchase otherwise I would not have spent the money.

    My difficulty with the CSS books that I did purchase is that they were a bit detached from my own application… creating and maintaining WordPress themes for my blog. By necessity that type of text would have to cover PHP, XHTML and CSS which is a fairly broad spectrum of technologies.

    And I imagine that almost any technical book would help a reader with sleeping problems 😉


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