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  • Writer's pictureBailey Martindale

My Book List of 2018

Getting lost in books has been a hobby of mine since I was a child. I loved reading. I would spend hours upon hours reading. I was always well beyond my reading level despite multiple school changes through elementary school & it gave me pride to know I excelled in that area. No matter what was going on at home or what I was facing in a new school, reading could always take me somewhere else. It showed me life & the world was much larger than my experience & gave me ideas & goals to strive towards. Books have always been a reliable constant in my life, even when nothing else is. My love for reading has never diminished. I am a perpetual lover of learning. Whether I’m reading industry books, self-help books or the occasional fictional novel, I end the book with a lesson or a new point of view. Or I close the book with a profound emotion or appreciation. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. He says there’s always something for him to learn. Reading has a slew of benefits from brain sharpening & improved conversational skills to new skills & new world views. Theres a statistic that says the average person reads about 4 books a year. I hope to see that number increase. On New Year’s Day 2017, I set the intention to read 25 books that year & I reached that goal. On New Year’s Day in 2018, I set the intention to read 36 books. I’m happy to say I’ve reached that goal as well. For 2019, I'm setting the goal at 40. It seems very daunting if I'm being honest. But it's possible. Here's my list of books I read in 2018, the books I read in 2017 & some of the books I’m looking forward to in 2019.

2018 List: 1. Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris

2. Ali: A life - Jonathan Eig

3. The 10X Rule - Grant Cardone

4. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - Seth Godin

5. I'm Fine and Other Lies - Whitney Cummings

6. Unleash Your Inner Money Babe - Kathrin Zenkina

7. Verbal Judo - George Thompson

8. Instagram Secrets - Jeremy McGilvery

9. My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir - Penny Marshall

10. The Participation Game - Norty Cohen

11. How to Be Bawse - Lilly Singh

12. The Best Seller Code - Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers

13. Content Inc. - Joe Pulizzi

14. The Charisma Myth - Olivia Fox Cabane

15. We're Going to Need More Wine - Gabrielle Union

16. As We Speak - Peter Meyers and Shann Nix

17. Creativity Inc. - Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

18. Attached - Rachel S. F. Heller, Amir Levine

19. Sunset Thunder - Shannyn Leah

20. Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

21. Facebook Advertising: Crack Facebook's Advertising Code - Riley Reive

22. The Digital Marketing Handbook - Robert W. Bly

23. Whiskey in a Teacup - Reese Witherspoon

24. Girl Wash Your Face - Rachel Hollis

25. When Life Gives You Lululemons - Lauren Weisberger

26. Micro Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Drive, Focus & Energy - Allen P. Haines, Bonnie St. John

27. Crucial Conversations - Kerry Paterson

28. The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins

29. Talk Like TED - Carmine Gallo

30. The Hormone Reset Diet - Sara Gottfried

31.12 Rules For Life - Jordan Peterson

32. Everyone Worth Knowing - Lauren Weisberger

33. Not that Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham

34. Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss

35. Newsjacking - David Meerman Scott

36. Becoming - Michelle Obama

2017 List:

1. Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson

3. Love Lives Here - Maria Goff

4. The Sleep Revolution - Arianna Huffington

5. Racism without Racists - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

6. Pussy: A Reclamation - Regena Thomashauer

7. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid - Robert J. Sternberg

8. The Industries of the Future - Alec Ross

9. The Supremes Greatest Hits: The 34 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life

10. You are a Badass - Jen Sincero

11. Racial Formation in the United States - Michael Omi & Howard Winant

12. Daniel Goleman - Working with Emotional Intelligence

13. Race, Class & Gender - Margaret L. Andersen & Patricia Hill Collins

14. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World - Adam Grant

15. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

16. Knowledge & Decisions - Thomas Sewell

17. Managing the Unexpected - Karl E. Weick & Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

18. The One Thing - Gary Keller

19. Love Does - Bob Goff

20. Women & Leadership - Barbara Kellerman & Deborah Rhole

21. Through the Labrynth - Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli

22.Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture - Kim S. Cameron & Robert E. Quinn

23. The Book of Joy - Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams

24. H3 Leadership - Brad Lomenick

25. All Marketers Tell Stories - Seth Godin

Books on my reading list for 2019:

1. I've Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, Meditations for a Meaningful Life - Maria Shriver

2. Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World - Eileen McNamara

3. Politics: A Treatise on Government - Aristotle

4. Genius Foods - Max Lugavere

5. She Wants It - Jill Soloway

6. The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class - Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

7. Stoicism: The Art of Creating Small Changes for Life Long Habits of Self-Discipline, Mental Toughness, Productivity and Mastering Confidence, Jealousy and Anger Management - Chandler Andersen

8. This Will Only Hurt a Little - Busy Phillips

9. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups - Daniel Coyle

10. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies - Jared Diamond

Happy Reading.

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