10 Book Goal - Forming a Reading Habit

February 05, 2020

On the 25th of March 2019 I sat down and laid out the goals I would like to have achieved in 12 months time; One of those goals was to read more books and to do that I set an achieveable target of 10 books, although for someone who has only read around 2 books in the previous 20 years it was a relatively high target.

I sucessfully achieved my goal on the 29th of January 2020; The following post showcases some stats and then each book that I read and when I read it. This is more of a document for myself to look back at and be proud of sucessfully forming a reading habit but was also written as a way for me to try out using MDX in my blogposts.

Statistics

  • The average number of pages each book had was 342
  • I read 6 Self-Help books
  • I read 3 History books
  • I read 1 Science book
  • My average rating was 3.75/5
  • It took me an average of 26 days to finish a book
  • The longest it took me to finish a book was 34 days
  • The shortest it took me to finish a book was 15 Days

1. 25th March 2019 - 8th April 2019

The Art of the Good Life book cover

The Art of the Good Life

Rolf Dobelli

Description

In The Art of the Good Life, you'll find fifty-two intellectual shortcuts for wiser thinking and better decisions, at home and at work. They may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance.

Pages

272

My Rating

1/5

2. 8th April 2019 - 6th May 2019

So Good They Can't Ignore You book cover

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Cal Newport

Description

Cal Newport's clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill -- and not necessarily their passion -- that determines their career path.

Pages

288

My Rating

5/5

3. 6th May 2019 - 5th June 2019

Travellers In The Third Reich book cover

Travellers In The Third Reich

Julia Boyd

Description

Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett. Their experiences create a remarkable three-dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler – one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere.

Pages

464

My Rating

4/5

4. 5th June 2019 - 27th June 2019

Hello World book cover

Hello World

Hannah Fry

Description

When it comes to artificial intelligence, we either hear of a paradise on earth or of our imminent extinction. It’s time we stand face-to-digital-face with the true powers and limitations of the algorithms that already automate important decisions in healthcare, transportation, crime, and commerce. Hello World is indispensable preparation for the moral quandaries of a world run by code, and with the unfailingly entertaining Hannah Fry as our guide, we’ll be discussing these issues long after the last page is turned.

Pages

256

My Rating

2.5/5

5. 27th June 2019 - 27th July 2019

Deep Work book cover

Deep Work

Cal Newport

Description

In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four 'rules', for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

Pages

304

My Rating

5/5

6. 27th July 2019 - 11th August 2019

Crushing It book cover

Crushing It

Gary Vaynerchuk

Description

Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

Pages

288

My Rating

4/5

7. 11th August 2019 - 9th October 2019

The Making of Modern Britain book cover

The Making of Modern Britain

Andrew Marr

Description

In The Making of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr paints a fascinating portrait of life in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century as the country recovered from the grand wreckage of the British Empire.

Pages

464

My Rating

5/5

8. 9th October 2019 - 28th November 2019

Smarter Faster Better book cover

Smarter Faster Better

Charles Duhigg

Description

A new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.

Pages

400

My Rating

4/5

9. 28th November 2019 - 31st December 2019

The Power of Habit book cover

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

Description

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Pages

400

My Rating

3.5/5

10. 31st December 2019 - 29th January 2020

The End Is Always Near book cover

The End Is Always Near

Dan Carlin

Description

In The End is Always Near, Dan Carlin connects the past and future in fascinating and colourful ways, exploring a question that has hung over humanity like the Sword of Damocles from the collapse of the Bronze Age to the nuclear era – that of human survival.

Pages

288

My Rating

3.5/5

Conclusion

Since starting in March of last year, I have finished the 10 books listed above, and I am over half way through 3 more books: When by Daniel H. Pink, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and Hitler's Forgotten Children by Ingrid Von Oelhafen.

I have also formed a reading habit that is now a vital part of my morning routine. I believe the things that helped the most was setting a realistic goal, choosing books that I actually like the sound of (not just popular books) and forcing myself to read every morning. It really is that simple.

Congrats, you made it! 🎉

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