Do you read Books?

Reading books is a great habit to have. Although the world is changing and the way we consume content is evolving, to read books is still a phenomenal way to learn and improve your knowledge on any topic.

I buy a lot of books and post about it on social media, like on my Instagram, my Facebook or even in my WhatsApp statuses regularly. I (humble) brag about the number of books I have. But every once in a while I get a question from someone, “Do you read books?” Yes, I have a lot of books, but do I read them? Have I read them all? How many have I read?

I have hundreds of books in my home, not including the e-books I buy in Amazon Kindle and the audio-books I listen to in Audible. But the books I have finished fully are not so much. The more I read, the more I realize that I need to learn more. So I buy more books. Let’s say for 1 book I have read, I buy 3 more books. If that is the case, how can I ever read all the books I have?

Anyway, I digress. I wanted to list the books I did finish, to prove to myself that I do read books! Hope you can get some valuable book from this list, and build up your habit of reading books.

Read Books- books I have completed:

Title of the BookAuthor
The Art of WarSun Tzu
The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About SuccessEpstein, David *
Outliers: The Story of SuccessGladwell, Malcolm
Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental ExcellenceĐoković, Novak
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary ResultsKeller, Gary *
The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grownCoyle, Daniel *
Focus: The Hidden Driver of ExcellenceGoleman, Daniel *
No Limits: The Will To SucceedPhelps, Michael
Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your BrainLevitt, Steven D.
Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is HardHeath, Chip
Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of PracticeSyed, Matthew
David and GoliathGladwell, Malcolm
Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest StrengthBaumeister, Roy F.
Open: An AutobiographyAgassi, Andre
The Habit of WinningIyer, Prakash *
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceGladwell, Malcolm
The Power of Simplicity: A Management Guide to Cutting Through the Nonsense & Doing Things RightTrout, Jack
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeTracy, Brian *
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes LivesMillman, Dan
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to ChangeDuhigg, Charles *
18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. Peter BregmanBregman, Peter
Beautiful PuzzlesPujari, Rucha
Faster than Lightning: My AutobiographyBolt, Usain
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingLevitt, Steven D.
The AlchemistCoelho, Paulo *
The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your LifeAsprey, Dave
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsPink, Daniel H. *
Playing to WinNehwal, Saina
As a Man ThinkethAllen, James
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingGladwell, Malcolm
Unthink: And How to Harness the Power of Your UnconsciousPaley, Chris
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is LessSchwartz, Barry
The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better DecisionDobelli, Rolf
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being ProductiveDuhigg, Charles *
Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About SuccessSyed, Matthew
The Success Journey: The Process Of Living Your DreamsMaxwell, John C.
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human PerformanceKotler, Steven *
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody ElseColvin, Geoff
The Bed of ProcrustesTaleb, Nassim Nicholas *
Who Will Cry When You Die? Life Lessons from the Monk Who Sold His FerrariSharma, Robin S.
The Lively Library & An Unlikely RomanceNavalgund, Niranjan *
How Life Imitates Chess. by Garry Kasparov with MIG GreengardKasparov, Garry
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the MarketsTaleb, Nassim Nicholas *
Playing It My Way: My AutobiographyTendulkar, Sachin
Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-MotivationDeci, Edward L.
Congruent ExerciseDeSimone, Bill
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal RenewalLoehr, Jim
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeManson, Mark *
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About ItTaubes, Gary
Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded WorldHarford, Tim *
Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your PotentialDweck, Carol S.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent KillersPerlmutter, David
Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work LessPang, Alex Soojung-Kim *
How Not to Play ChessZnosko-Borovsky, Eugene
Peak Performance: Take Advantage of the New Science of SuccessStulberg, Brad *
The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive ResultsKnight, Bob
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeKleon, Austin *
99 Inspirational Quotes: Words That Could Change Your LifeSa, Kannan *
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative BattlesPressfield, Steven *
The Great Cardio MythBallantyne, Craig
The Art Of Dealing With PeopleGiblin, Les
The One Minute Manager – Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own ProsperityBlanchard, Kenneth H. *
The Present: The Gift That Makes You Happy And Successful At Work And In LifeJohnson, Spencer
Girl, Stop Apologizing : A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your GoalsHollis, Rachel *
The Test of My LifeSingh, Yuvraj
Free WillHarris, Sam
Unstoppable: My Life So FarSharapova, Maria
A Century Is Not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to SuccessGanguly, Sourav
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get DiscoveredKleon, Austin *
Do Less: A Minimalist Guide to a Simplified, Organized, and Happy LifeJonat, Rachel *
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every DayHenry, Todd *
Move First, Think Later: Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your ChessHendriks, Willy
Inner Engineering: A Yogis Guide to JoySadhguru *
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeTracy, Brian *
The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to WinHaden, Jeff *
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen WayMaurer, Robert
Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized WorldEpstein, David
Chess Lessons: In Words: For BeginnersSa, Kannan *
The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real HappinessKishimi, Ichiro
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and FailureCardone, Grant
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the TimeSutherland, Jeff
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and BadKleon, Austin *
The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday CourageRobbins, Mel
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About ItPressfield, Steven *
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the FactsDuke, Annie *

That’s all. I think there are 85 books. Of which 2 are my own books!

You can check out the books by clicking the link, it takes to its respective Goodreads page!

You can check out my Goodreads profile, where I share my progress with books. I have to thank IM Mr. V Saravanan, who put Goodreads on my radar, a few years back, in a random Facebook chat. With Goodreads, it’s easy to organize the list of books you have read, books you are currently reading and the books you want to read.

My aim is to read 1000 books in 20 years, but in 2017 and 2018 I didn’t finish a lot of books, so I am very much behind on my goals. But as James Cameron once said,

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.

Comment below which books from the list you have read, which ones you plan to start reading!

P.S. If you want to buy my Amazon Kindle eBooks, here are the links- 99 Inspirational Quotes: Words That Could Change Your Life and Chess Lessons: In Words: For Beginners.

Stay Alstoned,

Randy Alstone!

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