Books by Impact – 2019

Here it is! My list of Books By Impact for 2019.

You may recall that mt 2018 lists were broken out in halves. Since I get so many requests for my full reading list, I figured I’d try ranking all of 2019.

Click here for my January – June 2018 list

Click here for my July – December 2018 list.

Why Impact?

  1. I don’t refer to books as good or bad. 

There is no universal definition for what constitutes a good or a bad book. That said no book is ever inherently good or bad. Rather, when a person refers to a book as either good or bad, that ascription is entirely based on the person’s state of mind at the time that they read it.

  1. I am learning first hand how much effort goes into writing a book and how much perseverance is needed to get it published.

    So, even if a book doesn’t resonate with me, I have a healthy appreciation for the fact that the book even exists in a consumable format. 

How I define ‘impact’

This is the list that helps me determine how impactful a book was to me.  I may refine this at some point in the future, but for now, this is what it is:

  • The book challenged my worldview and caused me to think of things differently.
  • The book inspired me to try new things or alter the way I was currently doing something.
  • The book confirmed ideas or perspectives that I had, but, for some reason or another, I doubted the validity of them prior to reading the book.
  • The words in the book left an imprint on my mind  and penetrated my heart in such a way that I think about them and process them regularly.
  • I took copious notes while reading the book and continue to refer back to them during the course of conversations, while preparing for my day or for meetings at work, or for other situations that arise during the course of living.

And my 2019 list of Books by Impact is:

  1. From Poverty to Power by James Allen
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama h
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  4. Hunger by Roxanne Gay
  5. The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
  6. On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King 
  7. Ray Bradbury: The Last Interviews and Other Conversations by Sam Weller
  8. The Psychology of Everyday Things by Donald Norman 
  9. Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature and the Need for Diverse Books by Philip Nel
  10. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by from Gallup 
  11. The Peter Principle by Dr. Lawrence Peter and Raymond Hull
  12. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White 
  13. Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman
  14. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  15. Merchant of Power by John Wasik
  16. My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla by Nikola Tesla
  17. Mergers & Acquisitions from A to Z by Andrew J Sherman and Milledge A Hart
  18. Negroes with Guns by Robert F. Williams
  19. The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown 
  20. Top Secret TV Pilot
  21. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  22. Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
  23. Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
  24. Holes by Louis Sachar
  25. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking 
  26. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 
  27. Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living by Elisabeth KublerbyRoss and David Kessler
  28. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  29. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  30. Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
  31. Great by Choice by Jim Collins
  32. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
  33. Wicked River by Jenny MIlchman
  34. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  35. Walking by Faith by Joe L. Dudley, Sr.
  36. Drawdown by Edited by Paul Hawken
  37. 30 Words that Changed My Life by T.S. Newsome
  38. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  39. A Holiday For Murder by Agatha Christie 
  40. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  41. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  42. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
  43. Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
  44. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  45. The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
  46. Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri
  47. Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
  48. The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber 
  49. Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman 
  50. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks (Buffet, Gates)
  51. Shrill by Lindy West
  52. The Children of Harvey Milk by Andrew Reynolds 
  53. The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson
  54. The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
  55. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  56. Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago by Anna Pasternak

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