GoodReads tells me I read over 40 books during 2018. Granted, only 16 of them were novels, the rest were graphic novels. But hey, if GoodReads says they’re books, then I’ll take it!
My reading journey through the year was quite a ride. I fought zombies, discovered the quantum multiverse, travelled to Alpha Centauri, then Hogwarts, returned to Middle Earth, hung out with Bear Grylls. I also found out why grizzly bears should wear underpants, and through all of that, I learnt how to focus more.
In this article, I’ll run through my top reads for the year, and end off with my favourites.
Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
Having never read the Harry Potter books, I thought I’d give it a go this year. They were ok. Nothing too inspiring. I only read the first 3 books in the series. I got bored and moved on. Each book seemed like much the same to me.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
A firm favourite. Read the story of the destruction of the Ring for the 3rd time.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson
An easy read from our favourite scientist describing the world around us. If you’ve watched the Cosmos docuseries, this follows in a similar vein.
Behold the Man – Michael Moorcock
A book from the
Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport
This provided the means and tools to really help me focus on one thing at a time and produce valuable results.
Favourites of the year
There were 3 stand-out favourites this year. And they are…drumrolllll.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
This book was a page turner, not just because of the stories in the book, but the disciplines and principals we can use in our lives to get things done.
Mud, Sweat and Tears – Bear
What a journey this year. Here’s hoping for another one next year!