52 Books In One Year

This is not a new concept, but 2021 is the year that I am committing to making this happen. With so many ways to consume books, there’s not much of an excuse anymore, so I’m documenting it here to hold myself accountable.

This includes physical books as well as audiobooks, the latter being something I can also do while I work out, walk the dogs, deliver hot sauce, etc.

What am I hoping to get out of this? More knowledge, broader understanding of how folks think, more resources to share with others, some fun thrown in as well. Most of the list will be non-fiction, but I’ve sprinkled some fiction in to make sure I’m not taking things too seriously overall. For each I plan on doing some version of a write-up to put my thoughts somewhere. I have a terrible habit of reading and remembering very little after a few months.

Below is the current list and while it’s completely filled out, I reserve the right to change things up. After all, there could be additional items that spike my curiosity or take precedence over what lies below.

  1. The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
  2. Rewire – Richard O’Connor
  3. The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon
  4. Sacred Cow: The Case For Better Meat – Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf
  5. Escaping the Build Trap – Melissa Perri
  6. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work – Scott Berkun
  7. Brotopia – Emily Chang
  8. Outcomes Over Output – Josh Seiden
  9. Inspired: How To Create Tech Products Customers Love – Marty Cagan
  10. Think on Your Feet: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills On the Job – Jen Oleniczak Brown
  11. Bored and Brilliant – Manoush Zomorodi
  12. The Politics of Coaching – Carl J. Pierson
  13. The Likeability Trap – Alicia Menendez
  14. Will Write For Food – Dianne Jacob
  15. McIlhenny’s Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire – Jeffrey Rothfelder
  16. HBR Leading Virtual Teams
  17. HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy (including featured article “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter)
  18. The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work – Peter Block
  19. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence – Daniel Goleman
  20. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
  21. What You Do Is Who You Are – Ben Horowitz
  22. Smartcuts – Shane Snow
  23. The Making of a Manager – Julie Zhuo
  24. Browns Town 1964 – Terry Pluto
  25. The Art of Sportscasting – Tom Hedrick
  26. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  27. Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them – Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini
  28. Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work – Jeff Schwartz
  29. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  30. The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle
  31. The Icarus Deception – Seth Godin
  32. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing
  33. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  34. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  35. You Win In the Locker Room First – Jon Gordon and Mike Smith
  36. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  37. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  38. The Education of a Coach – David Halberstam
  39. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Thi1ngs Done – Lawrence Bossidy and Ram Charan
  40. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  41. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – Seth Godin
  42. Liar’s Poker – Michael Lewis
  43. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  44. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Woulk
  45. Lead From The Outside – Stacey Abrams
  46. Lincoln on Leadership – Donald T. Phillips
  47. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
  48. A Thinking Man’s Guide To Pro Football – Paul Zimmerman
  49. Finding the Winning Edge – Bill Walsh, Brian Billick, James A Peterson
  50. Above the Line – Urban Meye and Wayne R Coffey
  51. Chop Wood Carry Water – Joshua Medcalf
  52. Eleven Rings – Hugh Delehanty and Phil Jackson

Have other thoughts on what I should read? Feel free to send me a note or add a comment below!

Other Books I’ve Heard About Over The Year

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John Hartley is a Director of Product Engineering at Beam Dental in Columbus, OH. With 5+ years of leadership experience he has worked in startups, agencies, and began his career as a freelance Front End Developer. Always looking to iterate, this blog is a place for him to share his knowledge as well as hone his craft, challenge assumptions, and build a strong base of leadership and management knowledge. Connect with him on LinkedIn

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