It’s that time of year again! If you’re looking for ideas on what to read in 2017, here’s a round-up of the books that stood out to me this year. If you’re looking for tips on how to read more in 2017, check out this earlier post on ‘4 Easy Ways to Read More’.
There were a few stand-outs for me this year in my reading list, including my first ever read of the Harry Potter series (what?! How could I have never read them before? I know…), and a successful second attempt at reading Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book on economics and inequality, ‘Capital in the 21st Century’, which I had tried and failed to finish when it came out a couple of years ago. I’m so glad I gave it a second try, because it turned out to be SO fascinating. I also started reading a few of the titles on the list of ‘A Year of Reading the World’, which gives suggestions for books translated into English from each nation in the world.
Here are the top 10 books that I found most impacting, significant or enjoyable, along with the rest of my reading list for the year –
What kind of leaders have had the biggest impact on you?
I’ve had the privilege of serving under numerous outstanding leaders, and I’ve noticed that, though they might be very different in personality, background and style, they tend to share some of the same qualities.
I believe that intentionally expanding our understanding of the world through the differing perspectives of others is an incredibly important component of living deliberately. Reading is one powerful way to do that.
Reading is also good for developing focus and empathy, for reducing stress, for enhancing leadership capacity, for fostering deep and innovating thinking, and for improving memory!
The difference between who you are today and who you will be in five years will be the people you spend time with and the books you read” – Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones
How well you incorporate reading into your life will absolutely impact the person you are becoming and the way you live out your life.
So how can we be deliberate about what, and how, we read? Especially if it doesn’t come particularly naturally? What are some easy ways to weave more reading into our lives?
Here are four that have helped me:
(this is a post that originally appeared on an older blog, which I have transferred across to A Deliberate Life)
I set myself a little personal challenge for 2014, to read a book a week on average. I mostly just read whatever interested me, but when I discovered that I was gravitating overwhelming to books written by American men in the last 10 years, I also tried consciously to mis up my author perspectives by nationality, age of the book, gender, etc., because it’s boring and a little dangers to view the world through only one lens!