Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Book List

Well, 2014 was a big year for me. I finished my MBA and took on more responsibilities at work. I've seen a fundamental shift in my reading habits to be more focused on non-fiction. It is something that I thought would be remedied by my graduation, but even post-graduation I feel pressure to read for education and application rather than pleasure or personal satisfaction. While I understand the importance of continued professional growth, I hope to do a better balancing act in 2015. My annual goal is to read 52 books a year, but for 2015 I want to go a step further to say that I plan on reading at least 26 fiction books. I've joined a non-fiction book club, so I know that I will be getting a minimum does of practicality in my reading, so the push is to make sure the fiction side gets its fair share. 

 So here is my list from 2014. Enjoy!
#BookAuthorDate Completed
1Getting Past NoWilliam UryJanuary 10
2Man's Search for MeaningViktor E. FranklJanuary 19
3Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better DecisionsJohn S. HammondJanuary 24
4Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph GrennyJoseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al SwitzlerFebruary 2
5Outliers: The Story of SuccessMalcolm GladwellMarch 3
6The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey 1)Richard Paul EvansMarch 10
7Born to RunChris McDougallMarch 11
8Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the BoxArbinger InstituteMarch 16
9Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-MotivationEdward L. DeciApril 7
10The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and HappinessJeff OlsonApril 14
11The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century Thomas L. FriedmanMay 2
12The Richest Man in BabylonGeorge S. ClasonJune 10
13How Will You Measure Your LifeClayton M. ChristensenJune 19
14Mind Over Back PainJohn E. Sarno July 20
15What Your Doctor Won't Tell You about Your Lower Back: Avoid the Pitfalls, Scams, Shysters, Con Men, Charlatans, and Quacks Bill YanceyAugust 9
16Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)Suzanne CollinsAugust 26
17Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)Suzanne CollinsAugust 27
18Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover #1)Terry BrooksAugust 28
19Five Dysfunctions of a TeamPatrick LencioniAugust 30
20The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover #2)Terry BrooksSeptember 3
21Wizard at Large (Magic Kingdom of Landover #3)Terry BrooksSeptember 7
22The Tangle Box (Magic Kingdom of Landover #4)Terry BrooksSeptember 9
23Witches Brew (Magic Kingdom of Landover #5)Terry BrooksSeptember 10
24Who Moved My CheeseSpencer JohnsonSeptember 20
25EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the TrenchesDave RamseyNovember 5
26The 4-Hour Work WeekTimothy FerrissNovember 15
27Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should KnowMeg MeekerNovember 29
28Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War IT'S Most Audacious GeneralBill O'ReillyNovember 30
29Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are HighKerry PattersonDecember 1
30Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is HardChip and Dan HeathDecember 31