2020 – The Year to Read

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee

Simple, a running list of some of the books I have read over the course of the year. I will update this post as and when I move onto new content. Looking over the past year I have focussed mainly on the following genre (in no particular order);

– science fiction
– science fact
– property development (side hustle I am currently working on)
– leadership, behaviour, psychology-type books

I have a daily commute of around 30-40 mins each way and I use this time to use my audible account to take in as much as I can. Don’t get me wrong I do have some weeks where the only thing that can get me through the congestion on the M62 and/or M6 is some old school hip-hop or maybe a more chilled playlist on Spotify. But on the whole, I can cover quite a bit with my audiobooks.

One handy tool I have found with audible is that it gives you a feature whereby you can hit a button, effectively bookmarking a particular 10 second segment, and then return to that same section. Very useful for;
– poignant quotes or ideas
– important reference works
– funny jokes or anecdotes that I can pretend are mine later in the school day, you get the idea.

As with many of you, my ‘To Read’ list has been growing over the Christmas holidays (while I write this) and with New Years Eve tomorrow, I am going to start escaping into some of the books that I have piling up on my desk or downloaded and taking up serious memory on my phone.

As the list gets added to, maybe you might spot a book that is worth a read, or at least adding to your own ‘To Read’ pile.

currently Reading (FEB ’20)

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of start-ups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all start-ups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognisable symbols in the world today. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, he tells his story. Candid, humble, wry and gutsy, he begins with his crossroads moment when at 24 he decided to start his own business. He details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream – along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls how his first band of partners and employees soon became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything. A memoir rich with insight, humour and hard-won wisdom, this book is also studded with lessons – about building something from scratch, overcoming adversity, and ultimately leaving your mark on the world.

What has been read

Finished: Currently reading

Finished: Jan 2020
After reading this book, things really are put in perspective. Reading about the goals this young doctor set for himself, and how one diagnosis can bring it crashing down. An interesting insight into not only the medical profession but the physical suffereing cancer can have for not only the patient but also their family and friends.

Finished: Jan 2020
A great book that makes you question all the reasons why you hold certain items, thoughts and ideas dear. Making you consider what you truly have control over, how can you chase a life of eudaimonia, constantly looking for a state of human flourishing and prosperity.