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