I am a confirmed bibliophile. I cannot walk by a bookstore without going in and browsing and frequently buying a book. My reading does not follow fixed patterns. It is driven by my curiosity, and the desire to learn new things. My reading is not focused on sports, coaching or training. You can see from my top ten list that it is quite eclectic.
This year I read 103 books, significantly down from the 150 plus books that read the past several years. It was conscious decision to read fewer books. I read several book two or three times.
Someone the other day asked when I read. I have no set time, although I read every night in bed. Seldom is there ever a time when I do not have a book in hand. I prefer actual books to Kindle but find the Kindle or my iPad easier when a I travel. Here is my technique when reading:
- Start with a quick read – No underlining or annotation.
- Second read – I underline in black or blue ink and annotate in the margins in the same colors.
- Lately I have started to go through my annotations and put them in my notebook.
My book of the year, one that I have read three times Is The Creative Act a Way of Being by Rick Rubin. So, stimulating with rich and varied ideas that make you think.
Additional, these nine books made it into my top 10:
- Govt Cheese: A Memoir by Steven Pressfield
- The Core: Better Life, Better Performance by Aki Hintsa and Oskari Saari
- Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results by Shane Parrish
- Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World by Malcolm Harris
- Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America by Heather Cox Richardson
- A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman
- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
- Championship Behaviors: A Model for Competitive Excellence in Sports by Hugh McCutcheon
- Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant