The Best Books I Read Last Year

For those of you who know me, I am like a crack addict when it comes to books! I am a voracious reader who reads four or five books per month. The only other hobby I enjoy more is shooting rounds downrange or blowing stuff up, but with all the gun control craziness in 2013 and the rarity of ammunition, I wasn’t able to do that as much. So thank goodness for the invention called Kindle for providing me with something to do with my down time — and saving LOTS of shelf space!

The Best Books I Read in 2013

These are the books that really stood out to me and that I feel really impacted my business or my life in some way. I read tons of other books and am trying to finish about 20 more that I started but couldn’t complete.

As for the books that I read and definitely would NOT recommend buying: Do The Work by Steven Pressfield, Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug, The Flinch by Julien Smith, and Unlabel: Selling You without Selling Out by Marc Ecko.

  • Patrick Neve

    Awesome awesome awesome. I love this stuff! I only have the time to fit in a half dozen reads a year, so it’s important I don’t waste time on the dull stuff.

    I already added a few of these to my sample Kindle library so I don’t forget about them. Really excited to dig into the Regrets of Dying book. I like deep reading :)

    Thanks James!

    That was also cool that you threw In the books you recommend NOT to buy.

    Really thoughtful addition.

  • Wendy L.

    “Business Brilliant” sounds great along with quite a few others on your list :) I am always looking for inspiring and helpful business books for small business owners and entrepreneurs. My #1 recommendation would have to be “Liber8 Your Business” by author Laura Humphreys (… <—- the website even lets you download a sample of the book before you buy it. The book focuses on 8 steps that will help any small business owner find financial freedom. Something that has really stuck with me from the book is the line, "‘A business is not meant to be a life sentence. Like all good stories, it should have an exciting beginning, an enjoyable middle and a happy ending." I just never thought of it that way. I guess my controlling nature just put me in a role that I thought I would always be in. This book made me realize how dependent I am on my business and vice versa. The book is hugely interactive and helpful with an accompanying workbook, exercises and tutorials. When I finished I felt like I had just taken part in a mini business class. Hope you will give it a read!