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My Books log

The intent of this page is to document all the books I have read or currently reading. I started keeping a log of books from 2015 and want to continue to keep an active log.
 My hope is, this page will become a resource for me in the long-term to keep a track record of books that made their way in my life.

I have used other online services to logbooks also but keep a tab on my blog felt easiest.

I have noticed that most of the time I average between 20-25 books a year when I am fully focused on. there have been years like 2019, where there was a lot going on in my life and actively reading books, suffered. I continued using podcasts, technical papers or YouTube to advance my learnings.

Over a period of time, I have also noticed a shift in the type of subjects I have taken up to reading. originally I used to read the majority of self-help and management books, and that is now going towards management, technology, and other subjects which are not necessarily my domains but offer me a strong perspective.

The list below is still not 100% log as I am in the process of updating it, but nearly close.

Currently Reading:

  1. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness 
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  3. Getting Things Done 
and here are the books I finished reading listed by year

Books read in 2020 

My current count of books in 2020 is 10+
  1. The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Own Backyard
  2. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
  3. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
  4. Reasons to Stay Alive
  5. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  6. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  7. War of Art
  8. Think like Amazon

My preferred medium for reading 

The book log continues below, but a little bit about how I read. I have always been a paper-based reader from the past, however during the 2018 time frame, I tried moving to kindle. however, this did not last very long. I found the kindle to be an excellent device, with an amazing battery like and ability to carry thousands of books with me but it did not stick.
I can't get over the smell of the books and the touch and feel. Kindle also felt fairly slow when it comes to its responsiveness.
Hence, My current medium of reading is paper-based books.
Additionally, in 2019 I also took to audible and started trying the books while walking around. I have been listening to podcasts over a long time, and hence this was an easy transition too. 
Still, my 95% of reading is via paper-based books. 5% is in the form of listening the book.


[UPDATE 5/18/2020]
While my above claims are pretty good, I recently made a conscious effort to return to digital reading, and go back to my kindle. This is because I have started to feel that I am buying too many books and I am already running out of space to keep some. I don't want to pile them but and buy more bookshelves. Plus, I am starting to realize that all the note-taking I do on the books, I need to move to a smarter system where I can access those notes on the fly. I Will share in a post soon on how my Kindle Vs paper world reading experience is going in 2020.

Where do I buy my books?

I mostly buy my books via Amazon. Not for the price, but for the convenience. Amazon has done an excellent job getting books almost every time the very next day.
I also pick books from the airport during travel as long as the price differences are not exorbitant.
Lastly, while in Atlanta, I also used to frequently visit Half-priced books. they were excellent and I would also call to check on the availability of certain book titles before heading to the store. I would often get books at a good 30-60% discount.

Books read in 2019

  1. How Smart Machines Think (The MIT Press)
  2. The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation (Management on the Cutting Edge)
  3. What the Digital Future Holds: 20 Groundbreaking Essays on How Technology Is Reshaping the Practice of Management (Digital Future of Management)
  4. Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
  5. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  6. Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
  7. Granularity of growth


Books read in2018

  1. Spin selling - Nail Rackham [8/16/2018] another excellent book on sales which I probably read twice on the Trott. 
  2. Rework - Jason Fried [8/16/2018] one of the classic books by a guy whom I admire a lot. 
  3. Spin selling field guide book [8/16/2018] I actually read the field book first, and then went to the actual spin selling book.
  4. The Obstacle is the way-By Ryan Holiday
  5. The effective executive- Peter Drucker

Books read in 2017

  1. Make your Bed: Little Things that can change your Life by William H McRaven [10/3/2017].
  2. First Impressions by Ann Demarais [ 10/4/2017]
  3. Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton [10/4/2017]
  4. High-Profit Prospecting by Mark Hunter. [10/4/2017] Excellent practical tips on prospecting. must-read book in 2018 for a b2b sales career.
  5. The Greatest Miracle in the world by O G Mandino [10/4/2017] amazingly uplifting book.

Books read during 2016 & 2015: 

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