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. I have received a number of emails asking about my reading list from 2006. So here it comes. You can also check out my reading list from 2005 here.

My reading list is broken out into the following categories:

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

Here are some of the books that I read in 2006. I read about 30 more books in addition to the list below and I also take in about 10 magazines a month. The web has become a significant component in my attempt to develop knowledge. I have not been tracking my reading on the web. But it is at least on par with the time I spend reading books.

Here goes:


  • The World Is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman
  • Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers – Robert Scoble and Shel Israel
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More – Chris Anderson
  • The Laws of Simplicity – John Maeda
  • The Fred Factor – Mark Sanborn
  • Conspiracy of Fools – Kurt Eichenwald


  • Create Your Own Photoblog – Catherine Jamieson

Financial Planning

  • The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas Stanley, William Danko
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street – Burton G. Malkiel
  • How To Make Money In Stocks – William J. O’Neil
  • How Much Is Enough – Diane McCurdy
  • The Six-Day Financial Makeover – Robert Pagliarini
  • Personal Financial Planning – Kwok Ho, Chris Robinson
  • The Number – Lee Eisenberg
  • Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

Personal Growth

  • The EQ Edge – Steven J. Stein, Howard E. Book
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  • How To De-junk Your Life – Dawna Walter, Mark Franks
  • A Generous Orthodoxy – Brian McLaren
  • Finding God Beyond Harvard – Kelly Monroe Kullberg


  • Pro Tools 7 Session Secrets – Scott Hirsch, Steve Heithecker
  • The Recording Engineer’s Handbook – Bobby Owsinski


  • The Digital Photography Book – Scott Kelby
  • Landscape and Nature Photography with Photoshop CS2 – Rob Sheppard
  • Photoshop CS2 for Digital Photographers Only – Ken Milburn
  • Adobe Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Only – Rob Sheppard
  • Photoshop CS2 Workflow: The Digital Photographer’s Guide – Tim Grey
  • Pro Digital Photographer’s Handbook – Michael Freeman
  • The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers – Scott Kelby
  • Photoshop Workflow Setups – Eddie Tapp
  • Photo Idea Index – Jim Krause
  • Nikon D200 Digital Field Guide – David Busch

Personal Interest

  • Pirate – Ted Bell
  • JPod – Douglas Adams
  • Fiasco – Thomas Ricks
  • The End Of Faith – Sam Harris
  • Children Of Men – P.D. James
  • The Ingenuity Gap – Thomas Homer Dixon
  • The Science Of God – Gerald L. Schroeder
  • An Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore

I have noted the books I enjoyed most in italics.

3 replies
  1. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Hi Robert,

    I really enjoyed your book. Your perspective on a balanced life with different LifeZones and your focus on the importance of setting a vision and context for the Financial Health LifeZone was a great learning for me. I have spent a lot of time over the years working through my personal financial planning as a discrete and separate activity from the other areas of my life.

    This was the first time that I used a book on financial planning in tandem with an online resource ( It was an excellent way for me to apply all the various learnings from the book in a personal and direct fashion.

    It did take me a little longer than six days to go through the material but that is because there was so much good content in the book. One tool that I really liked was the Goal Tracker Report Card. I went back over the past ten years in my own portfolio to get a better view as to how well I was progressing on my goals.

    This would be a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in either starting or improving their personal financial management and planning skills.

    Thank you for writing such a great book!

  2. DEBTective
    DEBTective says:

    Saw that one of your books is The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Just wanted to drop a line and say a big-time thanks for spreading the word about Dave and debt freedom! Here’s looking at you, kid.


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