My subjective Top 7 of Books I read in 2018

In 2018 I took the Good Reads challenge and tried to read 52 books in one year – one a week, I was not sure if this will work, but the result shocked even me.  I am writing this post week before Christmas of 2018 with 71 finished books in 4 more in progress.

I have learned a lot form not only the books but also form the process of nearly continually reading or listening to the books.  My learnings can be put in 3 (plus one) simple points:

  • I listen more than I read, especially if I do it for fun, pleasure or to inform myself.  However, if I want to learn a new subject, I do prefer to read.
  • I needed to alternate theme and genres to keep up with the challenge and still be interested in what I listen to or read.
  • I started choosing what I read next with much more predetermination.  I used to pick a book by the cover and put I away if I found it boring, annoying or inadequate.  Now I read more about the next book before plunging in.
  • The fourth exciting and funny finding: In the middle of the year I realized, after talking to my daughter Julia, that I have to add more books by Polish authors as my vocabulary was expanding in English and somehow “shrinking” in Polish with too many English substitutions in my speech.

Let me share with you my subjective top 2018 that changed my way of thinking, inspired me or just plainly served as good entertainment. I scoured my library to bring you my TOP 7 of 2018.

Mac’s subjective best of 2018:

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander

  • This books inspired me this year to change the way I am looking at life and made me decide to launch a new project in which I would like to start to give back while still learning at the same time.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

  • A must read. Period. It is about your health, lifestyle and crushes many wrong stereotypes with facts and research.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman– You might love it you might hate it, but you will be entertained.

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • One of two best autobiographies I have read in years. Truly inspiring and quite revealing.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight

  • Second one of two best autobiographies I have read in years. Long story of building a global empire.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

  • This books helped me understand many habits that rule my life. Since reading it, I have changed some and tried to change more than some.

Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 by Jason Calacanis

  • This is a must-read for anybody who seriously thinks about investing in startups. Demystifying the dream and showing the work, risk, and rewards of this calling.