At the start of 2014, I embarked on a journey. I joined a group of people who undertook the #EmptyShelf Challenge. It was a challenge to empty a bookshelf and then fill it back up with newly read books in 2014. I have no idea how many people stuck with it all year long. All I care about is that I did. I confess that I only read half as many books as I had hoped, but I read twice as many, 16, as I normally do in a year. I call that a success. Here is a quick summary of the types of books I read in 2014. Below the list are links to all the original posts and to an Amazon page for each.
My stack of 16 books included the following subjects:
- Biography – 3
- Business – 3
- Christian living/Personal development – 5
- Culture – 1
- Economics – 1
- Leadership – 3
A good question is “What was your favorite?” Yikes. Hmmm … That’s a hard pick. As you can see, I like to read a wide variety of subjects. In fact, I am disappointed I did not get any history books in there. I also like to read on science & technology, politics, education, and other subjects. I’m going to dodge the “favorite book” question. In fact there were only two books in the stack that I did not like. I won’t predispose you. Read my reviews of the books you are interested in and make your own choices.
I encourage you to read more and read a wider variety, too. This past year has been a fantastic year for me. (More on that in an upcoming post.) One of the reasons it was a good year is because I continued to read and to develop my mind and my understanding of the world around me. God used these readings to stretch my thinking and to add more value to others’ lives and to their work.
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Dr. Scott Yorkovich is a leadership coach and consultant. He works with individuals, small and medium organizations, and ministries. Contact him at ScottYorkovich[at]LeadStrategic.com with your questions.